Anthony Weiner, who has a history of sexting women who are not his wife, has reportedly been caught doing so yet again. His wife, Huma Abedin, one of Hillary Clinton's top aides, revealed Tuesday that she would be separating from the disgraced former politician, who had previously seen sexting scandals ruin his congressional term and subsequent bid for the New York City mayorship. This round of sexting allegedly included a particularly troubling shot of the former congressman laying in bed with his young son. Weiner is no doubt at fault for ruining his marriage, but it's worth asking: Who is the woman whom Weiner allegedly sexted? (You know, this time.)
So far, the woman claiming to be on the receiving end of Weiner's explicit messages has remained anonymous, though it is possible that The New York Post, the publication which first broke the story of the alleged year-and-a-half-long exchange, knows her identity. The Post claimed that Weiner has asked the publication not to give any further details, but confirmed that he and the woman "have been friends for some time." But its original report claims that she and the former Democratic congressman don't have much in common politically — that she is a self-described supporter of Donald Trump and the National Rifle Association, and frequently uses her Twitter page to bash both Clinton and President Obama.
According to screenshots reportedly obtained by The New York Post during Weiner and the woman's first alleged exchange in January 2015, the woman also revealed that she was in her 40s and divorced after 16 years. Weiner reportedly replied: "I kinda envy that path now that I have a three-year-old and a busted marriage."
The woman hasn't given another interview to The New York Post, but reportedly previously revealed her thoughts on the ex-congressman to the publication:
I know he loves his family, I know he loves his community, but he’s broken. I’m not a psychologist. I can’t say how to fix him. I don’t know if divorce or salvaging his marriage would fix him. But he’s broken. I don’t think he’s a bad guy. Maybe he’s an unfulfilled person. He’s in an unhappy marriage.
This woman isn't the first to be caught up in Weiner's alleged affairs. The woman in Weiner's 2013 sexting scandal, Sydney Leathers, told The Cut that she is still dealing with the fallout. She said she contemplated suicide when her identity was first revealed to the press, though she said she now is grateful that she "lived through it."
All in all, Weiner has already done enough damage. Let's hope the fallout from the most recent allegation is minimal for those around him.