Laughter makes the best medicine. And if you brought down your own promising political career by tweeting and texting inappropriate pictures of your junk, you might need a few more doses than the average bloke. Well, there's no need to worry about Anthony Weiner or his mental health. It seems he uses Twitter as an outlet for humor — or at least as he did this Thursday — and it was epic. Weiner tweeted perhaps the funniest self-burn ever, and you can't miss it.
Basically, Weiner is as self-aware as his surname might imply. It all started when Clinton told Donald Trump to delete his Twitter account after the megalomaniac developer slammed Clinton and Obama following the president's endorsement of his former secretary of state. An hour and a half later, Will Rahn, the managing political editor for CBS News, joined the conversation. "Tbh we should all delete our accounts," he sent out. Cue Weiner. He jumped on the opportunity for his joke just two minutes later, retweeting Rahn and adding, "Too late for some of us."
Boy is it ever. If you're not already rolling on the floor or suppressing laughter-induced hiccups, here's why this is funny: Twitter already brought down Weiner. In May 2011, a photo of (a) Weiner appeared on the then congressman's Twitter — albeit briefly. The photo showed an erect penis covered by briefs, and it was sent to a young woman in Seattle. A quick apology may have taken care of things, but that was just the beginning.
First Weiner denied that he was responsible for the photo, claiming instead that he had been hacked. People didn't stop speculating, though. He hired a lawyer to get to the bottom of it. Then, just a week after the photo surfaced, he admitted that it was him — and that he had engaged in several inappropriate online relationships before and during his marriage to Huma Abedin, a top Clinton adviser. "To be clear, the picture was of me, and I sent it," during a news conference.
But things went on as usual. He didn't resign; he didn't separate from his wife... for about a week. Then TMZ leaked even more photos of the congressman, taken in the House Members Gym. That's a big no no. About four days later he resigned from Congress, apologizing for his behavior and asking for forgiveness.
About two years later, he threw his hat in the race for New York City mayor. He campaigned, starting out strong, for about two months. Then came, yes, even more revelations. More sexually explicit conversations with women even after he resigned from Congress. This time, he appeared in a news conference with Abedin who spoke up for her husband. "What I want to say is I love him, I have forgiven him, I believe in him, and as I have said from the beginning, we are moving forward," she said. He lost the primary to now Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Whether that's the last we hear of him — or there are more attempted comebacks in his future (may I suggest a future as a social media director?) — one thing is not in doubt: His tweet also won the internet. Thank you, Mr. Danger, thank you.