Anthony Weiner rebuffs Hannity in first interview after 18 months of service

Anthony Weiner rebuffs Hannity in first interview after 18 months of service

Convicted former New York congressman Anthony Weiner left Fox News anchor Sean Hannity almost speechless, showing little remorse in his first interview since his 18-month jail sentence for sexting a minor.

Weiner, 57, appeared on Hannity on Monday night to turn on his new radio show with Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliva called “Left vs. Right” as the disgraced Democrat tries to rehabilitate his tarnished image.

Hannity got down to business and asked Weiner if his time in prison had changed for the better after he pleaded guilty to sending obscene material to a 15-year-old North Carolina girl.

– You’ve been in jail. You’ve changed? Are you a different person? Hannity asked

“Well, um, I think so,” Weiner replied awkwardly. “I don’t think anyone can go through that kind of experience and I think that’s probably true for people who have gone through other types of adversity, I don’t think you go through that kind of experience and don’t come out changed. ‘

Hannity interrupted him: “Wait a minute. This is a vague answer – “I think so.” Either you know in your heart if you have changed, or you know… if you have not changed.

“Can you reassure people, because now you will try to attract an audience and they will want to know if you have changed or not. You have changed? Hannity insisted.

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- You've been in jail.  You've changed?  Are you a different person?  Hannity (far right) asked Weiner (far left), who replied,

– You’ve been in jail. You’ve changed? Are you a different person? Hannity (far right) asked Weiner (far left), who replied, “I think so.”

Caught: In 2016, DailyMail.com reported that the disgraced congressman had an online sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl for several months and sent her obscene messages and photos. Caught: In 2016, DailyMail.com reported that the disgraced congressman had an online sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl for several months and sent her obscene messages and photos.

Caught: In 2016, DailyMail.com reported that the disgraced congressman had an online sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl for several months and sent her obscene messages and photos.

When Hannity asked if he had changed, Weiner shied away from responsibility and told Hannity to anyone facing the enemy's change.

When Hannity asked if he had changed, Weiner shied away from responsibility and told Hannity to anyone facing the enemy’s change.

“They can judge for themselves,” Weiner said shortly.

“I’m not going to convince you or anyone else that I have changed,” he added. “I’m not trying to get someone to like me or convince someone of any particular view of me. We’ll have a few conversations about what’s going on in New York and elsewhere and hopefully people will tune in to the show. But I’m not really interested in making them treat me differently.”

The answer did not live up to Hannity’s expectations.

“Well, that’s your answer,” Hannity said, giving up trying to get something out of Weiner. I expected a little more sincerity. A little more soulful. A little more remorse.

Weiner shrugged and replied, “I don’t know what to tell you.”

The public appearance came after Weiner’s ex-wife Huma Abedin opened up about their split in her candid book, Both: Life in Many Worlds.

Abedin wrote in her memoirs that while she knew her marriage to Weiner had ended, “my relationship with the father of my child is not and never will be.”

Weiner appeared on Hannity on Monday night to promote his new radio show with Guardian Angels founder Curtis Plum (right) titled

Weiner appeared on Hannity on Monday night to promote his new radio show with Guardian Angels founder Curtis Plum (right) titled “Left vs. Right”.

Weiner's arrival comes after his ex-wife Huma Abedin (left) opened up about their split in her candid book Both: Life in Many Worlds.

Weiner’s arrival comes after his ex-wife Huma Abedin (left) opened up about their split in her candid book Both: Life in Many Worlds.

Weiner was a congressman from New York when he and Abedin first met in 2007. The politician, who was 12 years her senior, harassed her for years, according to The Cut.

She was 32 when he proposed at the Gramercy Park Hotel, but she admittedly had no experience with men.

“As expected of any girl of my origin, I will lose my virginity to the man I marry,” she said.

In an interview with The Associated Press, she explained, “He was my first love. The first man I’ve ever been with.

“And once I became a mother, it really became about my child,” added Abedin, whose late father died before she went to college.

“I didn’t have a choice not to have a father in my life, and I wasn’t going to do that to my child.”

Just a year after they married, Weiner was forced to retire in disgrace after a picture of him in boxer briefs was posted on his personal Twitter account.

In 2016, DailyMail.com exclusively reported that Weiner sent sexual messages like the one shown here to a 15-year-old girl. Text messages from the time show when he once told her that he woke up thinking

Violating the Law: In 2017, Weiner was sentenced to 21 months in prison for sending obscene material to a minor. He served 15 months in federal prison and three more in a nursing home.

At the time, Abedin was recently pregnant with their son and traveled frequently with Clinton, then Secretary of State.

Weiner accidentally posted the photo to his feed instead of sending it in a direct message to the woman he was flirting with on Twitter.

He first told Abedin that it was “the work of a hacker”, which she believed, and a week later he told her what really happened.

‘”What’s happened?” I have asked. And then, just like that, life as I knew it officially ended,” she wrote. “It’s true,” he said. “I sent a photo.”

Weiner was ashamed of his actions and insisted it meant nothing.

“I was simultaneously overwhelmed with anger and stunned to the core,” Abedin recalled in her book. “It felt like lightning had struck me and pierced my body.”

Journalists began looking for other illegal photos and messages sent by Weiner, and by June 6, he held a press conference admitting that he had been sending sexual photos and messages to women online for several years.

At the time, he said he “deeply” regretted his actions, remarking, “I will try to be a better husband.”

He resigned weeks after the Twitter scandal and then ran unsuccessfully for mayor of New York in 2013.

When he was leading the polls, a young Indiana woman named Sidney Leathers shared candid photos and messages he sent her under the pseudonym “Carlos Danger”.

Nevertheless, Abedin stood by his side, speaking publicly at a rare press conference on July 23, 2013, telling reporters, “I have forgiven him, I believe in him… I have made this decision.” I made this decision for myself, for our son and for my family.”

Journalists began looking for other illegal photos and messages sent by Weiner, and by June 6, he held a press conference admitting that he had been sending sexual photos and messages to women online for several years.

At the time, he said he “deeply” regretted his actions, remarking, “I will try to be a better husband.”

He resigned weeks after the Twitter scandal and then ran unsuccessfully for mayor of New York in 2013.

When he was leading the polls, a young Indiana woman named Sidney Leathers shared candid photos and messages he sent her under the pseudonym “Carlos Danger”.

Nevertheless, Abedin stood by his side, speaking publicly at a rare press conference on July 23, 2013, telling reporters, “I have forgiven him, I believe in him… I have made this decision.” I made this decision for myself, for our son and for my family.”

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