Why Anthony Weiner Was Far Away From The 2016 Election
As John Oliver said on Last Week Tonight just over a week before the general election, Anthony Weiner's, well, wiener had put Hillary Clinton's win in danger (or Carlos Danger as he quipped, breaking into his old Daily Show dance). Looking back, that was far too prescient. To be fair, the late-in-the game "Clinton emails" were from his computer, yes, but the FBI Director James Comey's letter to member of Congress is equally guilty of swaying the election. Either way, no one can be happy with the former congressman these days. But where is Weiner now?
It seems as though he could still be in rehab. The latest media reports are from the beginning of November when The Daily Mail reported that he had checked in to a treatment facility for sex addiction. The New York Post confirmed with sources that he had not been seen at his Manhattan home in quite some time. The Mail claimed that the facility had gender-segregated treatment and specialized counseling on addictions to cybersex, exhibitionism, anonymous sex, and porn.
An in-patient facility may seem drastic, but this was a big blow to him and his family. Remember that the latest iteration of his sexting scandal resulted in not only the whole "Clinton email" thing but also Huma Abedin's decision to separate from him, not to mention the New York City Administration for Children’s Services investigation into his conduct as a father.
It must have been particularly difficult to undergo the separation from Abedin. She had stood by him until this latest case. In one of the conversations about Weiner's alleged conversation with an underage sexting partner, he reportedly complained about his relationship with Abedin — specifically about their sex life and how she left him to babysit while out on the campaign trail with Clinton. More upsetting to her, though, may have been her son's appearance in one of the pictures Weiner sent. She announced their marriage was over:
After long and painful consideration and work on my marriage, I have made the decision to separate from my husband. Anthony and I remain devoted to doing what is best for our son, who is the light of our life. During this difficult time, I ask for respect for our privacy.
Shortly after, she was back on the campaign trail with Clinton, leaving little time for either to think about next steps. Now that Donald Trump has won the presidency — in part because of emails that were found thanks to Weiner's actions — the likelihood of a reconciliation seems nil.