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Former New York Rep. Anthony Weiner appeared Monday on Hannity, making his first television appearance since spending 18 months in prison for sending a 15-year-old girl inappropriate pictures. Things got awkward almost immediately when Sean Hannity asked the former congressman if he has changed, and in response got a less-than-satisfactory answer.
“Well, um, I think so,” Weiner slowly answered. “I don't think anyone can go through that kind of experience, and I think this is probably true of people who have been through other types of adversity, I don't think you go through that type of experience and don't emerge changed.”
Hannity called the answer “obscure,” and pressed Weiner for a more clear response, given that he’s now the co-host of a radio show in New York with Curtis Sliwa.
“Can you assure people, because you’re gonna now try to draw in an audience, and they’re gonna want to know if you’ve changed or not. Have you changed?” Hannity asked. Weiner responded, “They can judge for themselves.”
Viewers took to Twitter to share in the cringey-ness.
Holy hell! Anthony Weiner is on @seanhannity right now and this might be one of the most awkward interviews on record. OMG I'm uncomfortable.
— AnHonest_ConMan_Returns 🧩 (@AnhonestR) February 15, 2022
Pretty clear Anthony Weiner is still excercising poor judgement in choosing media activities.
— Mathew Michaud (@dopplerinc) February 15, 2022
But Weiner made it very clear that he doesn’t care what people think of him.
“I’m not out to persuade you or anyone else that I’ve changed,” Weiner said, later adding, “I’m not trying to make someone like me, or someone be persuaded of any particular outlook on me. We’re gonna have some conversations about things going on in New York City and other places, and hopefully people tune in to the show. But I’m not terribly interested in trying to make them feel any differently about me.”
All Hannity could do was accept Weiner’s response, but he didn’t have to like it.
“Well, that’s your answer,” Hannity said. “I would have expected a little more sincerity. A little more heartfelt. A little more repentant.” Weiner shrugged and replied, “I don’t know what to tell you.”
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