WASHINGTON, May 20, 2017 — In 2011, Andrew Breitbart boldly walked up to a podium in a New York City hotel ballroom to hijack a local congressman’s press conference. “I think we’re vindicated,” said Breitbart to the incredulous members of the press.
He reminded the mainstream media that his gonzo, conservative news site, Breitbart.com, was accused by the left-wing blogosphere of manufacturing a scandal against that congressman of their liking by hacking into his Twitter account to plant sexually explicit selfies, sending them to women not his wife.
“My [computer] system was hacked,” the congressman told MSNBC. “Pictures can be manipulated. Pictures can be dropped in and inserted.”
He added that it didn’t help he has “an easy name to make fun of.”
That congressman’s name was Weiner. Anthony Weiner.
Shortly after Breitbart left the podium, Weiner replaced him. “I came here to accept the full responsibility for what I’ve done … I am here today to again apologize for the personal mistakes I have made and the embarrassment I have caused,” said the seven-term Democratic congressman from New York.
He said he would resign his seat so that his congressional colleagues “can get back to work, my neighbors can choose a new representative and most important so that my wife and I can continue to heal from the damage I have caused.”
Weiner’s hacker gambit ultimately proved to be an epic fail.
Five years later, Weiner was at it again. Accused of sending provocative selfies to an under-age female, he soon found himself the target of an FBI investigation. Discovered among his home laptop’s many naked self-portraits were emails containing secret government information sent to Huma Abedin, Weiner’s long-suffering wife and top aide to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
It was the Weiner pornography probe that led G-Men to the Clinton emails, prompting then FBI Director James Comey to reopen the investigation into the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate.
Clinton would later blame Comey, Russian hackers and, ironically, the misogynist American male for her humiliating loss last November. But she never mentioned Anthony Weiner and his insatiable need to send pictures of his crotch to under-aged girls as being a leading factor in that defeat.
Clinton would have been better served had she not made absurd excuses for her loss and had instead followed Weiner’s lead, when he said in his appearance before the Southern District Court in New York:
“I accept full responsibility for my conduct. I have a sickness, but I do not have an excuse. I apologize to everyone I have hurt … I am committed to making amends to all those I have harmed.”
Somewhere in the space-time continuum, the late Andrew Breitbart is smiling.