Billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump on Monday attempted to torch recent reports that disgraced Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) could be planning a return to politics with a run for New York City mayor.
Weiner is "a sexual pervert & they can never be healed," Trump tweeted, before giving some advice to Weiner's wife, Huma Abedin. "Huma should drop him before it happens again."
Trump later continued his Twitter offensive, claiming that Weiner would "never be mayor" and saying that the Democrat, unlike former President Bill Clinton, wouldn't be able to rebound from his scandal with a tell-all interview because he was a "sick puppy."
Abedin, an aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, has reportedly been pushing Weiner to reenter the limelight with a primetime interview. The former congressman has denied these claims.
Weiner's political career came to an unceremonious end last summer when it was revealed that he had been engaged in online relationships with a number of women. The revelations were prompted by an incident in which Weiner accidentally tweeted a picture of his crotch, presumably intended for one recipient, to all his followers.
Trump and Weiner had publicly butted heads long before the controversy that led to the lawmaker's downfall. In a high-profile encounter on CNN, the two New Yorkers exchanged jabs about their political ambitions. At the time, Trump was flirting with a presidential run and the media was floating reports of Weiner's supposed aspirations of being mayor of the Big Apple.
Of course, Trump ramped up that rhetoric in the wake of the scandal, calling Weiner a "psycho" who "should never ever be allowed to run for office again."
Below, a slideshow of the women who were linked to Weiner:
When Lee's name first appeared in connection to Weiner -- Lee tweeted on March 13 that Weiner had sent her a direct message on Twitter -- both she and the congressman dismissed any notion that they had a relationship. "This is another person who I -- has gotten dragged into this for no reason other than she was following me and asked to be followed by me," Weiner told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on June 1, as he sought to keep the lid on the scandal. "I think what this is about is a fairly pro forma thing that goes out that I send out to people as I follow them." But on Wednesday, the former porn star appeared at a press conference in New York to set the record straight. She and Weiner exchanged approximately 100 emails starting in March, but she says that while his messages to her were at times inappropriate, she did not encourage his lewd behavior. "I did not sext Anthony Weiner," Lee said in a statement. "I did not send photos to him or receive photos from him. Any time he would take conversations in a sexual direction, I would not reciprocate." Lee said that when the scandal broke, she emailed Weiner for advice on how to handle the media scrutiny, but eventually decided that his request that she deny any relationship with him crossed the line. "He asked me to lie about our communication," Lee said on Wednesday. "I think that Anthony Weiner should resign, because he lied to the public and the press for more than a week," Lee concluded.
Meagan Broussard, a 26-year-old single mother from Texas, says that she exchanged dozens of sexually charged photos, emails, and Facebook messages with Weiner over the course of a month. It began innocently enough, she says. "On April 20, I clicked on his Facebook page that I 'liked' a video of Rep. Weiner addressing a gathering of construction workers in Washington, DC," she wrote on Andrew Breitbart's BigGovernment.com site, where the photos of Weiner shirtless first appeared, prompting Weiner's confession. "I commented that it was 'hot.' That's the only way I came into contact with him at first." "From there, he introduced himself to me over Facebook Chat," she continued. "Within an hour, we were sending messages back and forth. It became an everyday correspondence."
Lisa Weiss, a Las Vegas blackjack dealer, released explicit Facebook chats to RadarOnline.com that she exchanged with Weiner. According to Radaronline, Weiss said she once worked as a Democratic campaign worker. A spokesman for the Nevada Democratic Party said today there is no record that she was a volunteer. To read some of the chats Weiss exchanged with Weiner, click here.
Traci Nobles, of Athens, Ga., who will be 35 this month, was outed by her roommate, who sent a screenshot of a private Facebook conversation between Nobles and Weiner to the Las Vegas Sun.
The photo that started it all. On Friday, May 27, Weiner used his Twitter account to send a waist-down photograph of a man's underpants to Cordova, 21-year-old female college student in Seattle. Cordova told the New York Times that she "figured it must have been a fake" when she received a picture Weiner in boxer briefs. Ms. Cordova, who had traded messages with Mr. Weiner, a New York Democrat, about their shared concern over his conservative critics, said she had never sent him anything provocative. Asked if she was taken aback by his decision to send the photo, she responded, "Oh gosh, yes." In the interview, Cordova discussed how prior to being sent the photo she grew to support Weiner's politics and wound up following him on Twitter. She also provided further details on how their social media engagements evolved over time. "He was just very casual," she said of their online interactions. "It wasn't like talking to a U.S. congressman."
In his press conference, Weiner confessed to having inappropriate online relationships with six women. Five have come forward. The identity of the sixth woman is still unknown.