On the eve of the New York City mayoral primary, Anthony Weiner got into a remarkable exchange with MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell—who insisted on asking Weiner repeatedly, “What’s wrong with you?”
“I have really just one basic question for you that I think a lot people have wondered about for different reasons over the course of the campaign,” O’Donnell said in his first question. “For me it comes down to this: What is wrong with you?”
Weiner was miffed by O’Donnell’s question: “I don’t understand the question.”
“What is wrong with you that you cannot seem to imagine a life without elective office?” O’Donnell said.
O’Donnell said he wasn’t talking about Weiner’s lewd messages to women, which led him to resign from Congress. He said it’s Weiner’s “desperate need for elective office and inability to live outside of it.”
Weiner said he’s devoted his entire adult life to public office, and the interview devolved from there.
That led Weiner to say: “Chillax, buddy! Just dial it down a second” as O’Donnell continued to press.
And Weiner fired back at another point: “Dude, I don’t really need your psychiatric questions. Do an interview.”
As the interview closed, O’Donnell asked Weiner to stay on and do more of the interview online.
“Online? Nobody watches the show. Who do you think’s online?” Weiner responded.
But then Weiner did come back on—which is also below.