If you watch Fox News then you’re no stranger to Megyn Kelly, the former daytime host of “America Live” who now has a show that airs every night at 9 called “The Kelly File”. She made a name for herself by being an assertive interviewer, never letting her guests duck a question or sidestep an issue, and always being willing to ask the tough questions lacking in much of the media today.
In a recent interview on her show, she had former representative Anthony Weiner (D-NY) on to discuss the various scandals currently happening as well as past scandals he faced while in office.
The 3 minute clip starts with Kelly saying “I’m trying to understand how somebody with a secret like that could go on national television and be that cocky,” talking about a couple of past interviews she had done with him, one where he continually talked over her so she couldn’t ask any questions and one where he began to completely ignore her because he didn’t like the questions she was asking.
Weiner fired back, asking if by “cocky” she meant “answering your questions?”
In true Kelly style she showed a couple of clips from the interviews she spoke of to back up her assertions, then Weiner asked her if she thought that was good TV, trying to redirect the conversation and get her talking about something else, to which Kelly replied that she thought “good TV” was not backing down and getting answers to her questions.
They went back and forth a couple of times then the exchange ended when Kelly delivers the knockout punch and tells Weiner that it “remains to be seen,” answering his question of whether or not her viewers care what he has to say, Weiner was silent after that.
The segment ends with a humbled Weiner explaining why he’s not a good one to comment on how other people handle the scandals their involved in, which anybody who follows politics regularly knows of “Weinergate,” the scandal that basically ended his political career.
Weiner served in the House of Representatives, representing NY’s 9th Congressional District from 1999-2011, when he resigned from his seat due to a “sexting” scandal that involved him sending nude photos of himself to an adult woman while he was married. He would deny the allegations for close to a week before holding a press conference and admitting it.
Even after he was caught he continued to “sext” under the name “Carlos Danger” and was caught again. This time his “sexting” partner was a 22 year old woman who later went public with her story.
He would go on to run for Mayor of New York City in 2013 even though there were widespread calls for him to drop out of the race. He was defeated by Bill de Blasio and hasn’t run for an elected office since.
The scandal could be seen as the end of Weiner’s days in elected office as it seriously damaged his reputation and caused voters to question his integrity.