ABC: New Weiner Documentary Comes Out 'At the Worst Possible Time for Hillary Clinton'

May 12, 2016

A new documentary about Anthony Weiner's infamous 2013 New York City mayoral bid that was derailed by his sexting scandal comes at the "worst possible time" for Hillary Clinton, ABC's Jonathan Karl reported Thursday.

In a clip flagged by NewsBusters, Karl said the "extraordinary behind-the-scenes footage" of "Weiner" dredges up the scandal again "at the worst possible time for Hillary Clinton and her closest aide," Weiner's wife Huma Abedin.

"In politics, as in much of life, timing is everything," Karl said. "For Congressman Anthony Weiner and his wife Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton's closest aide and constant presence at her side, the new documentary about his sordid political tale couldn't come at a worse time."

"Weiner" depicts a "political campaign set on self-destruct," as the New York Times put it. Former Weiner aide Josh Kreigman made the film and captured such moments as Abedin telling the camera that she was "living a nightmare."

The former Democratic congressman resigned in 2011 when it was revealed that he had exchanged sexually explicit photos and messages with several women online. His 2013 bid for New York City mayor was an attempt at a political comeback. However, the revelation that his sexting habit continued under the alias "Carlos Danger" sent his campaign into a tailspin. He wound up finishing in fifth in the Democratic primary.

Karl's report included Donald Trump's prior remarks about Weiner that New York didn't want "perverts" representing them.

"Now, with the documentary, another chance for Trump to bring up Hillary Clinton's own response to her husband's infamous sex scandal," Karl said.

He concluded the report by saying Weiner still hasn't seen the movie, and, "as you can imagine," Abedin and Clinton had no comment on it, either.