Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s top aide, Huma Abedin, has been brought back to the national spotlight in another sexually related scandal. Abedin is married to disgraced Democratic congressman and New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner, and Weiner has been caught again doing something he should not have done. It appears Abedin has finally had enough of his antics and she has announced the two are separating.
Abedin made the decision after new evidence surfaced of Weiner engaging in sexual conversations with another woman. This marks the fourth time Weiner has been publicly called out for his philandering ways. He first resigned from Congress in 2011 during his first sexting scandal, only to resurface in 2013 to attempt to run for mayor of New York City. Weiner was leading in the polls and on his way to winner the mayorship to America’s most populated city before he was forced to bow out and retire from political life in disgrace after further evidence emerged he was having sexual conversations with someone who was not his wife. In the last month Weiner was catfished by a male in Los Angeles, and now sexual conversations between Weiner and another woman surfaced showing a long-term sexting relationship that went on for almost 6 months. Perhaps the last straw for Abedin was in this latest incident, Weiner had sexted a picture to the woman which included his 5-year-old son in bed with him. Abedin issued a public statement, “After long and painful consideration and work on my marriage, I have made the decision to separate from my husband,” she said in the statement. “Anthony and I remain devoted to doing what is best for our son, who is the light of our life. During this difficult time, I ask for respect for our privacy.”
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump weighed in on Clinton’s top aide’s situation, “Huma is making a very wise decision. I know Anthony Weiner well, and she will be far better off without him.” Trump, however, did not let the moment pass without using it to attack Clinton, “I only worry for the country in that Hillary Clinton was careless and negligent in allowing Weiner to have such close proximity to highly classified information. Who knows what he learned and who he told? It’s just another example of Hillary Clinton’s bad judgment. It is possible that our country and its security have been greatly compromised by this.”
For now the Clinton campaign will continue to perform damage control, and Abedin cutting ties with her husband will go a long way in that effort. It is likely Clinton told Abedin if she did not publicly denounce her husband that Clinton would have no choice but to remove Abedin from the presidential campaign. Considering Abedin has been Clinton’s top confidant for over 20 years, one can see why she made the decision to leave her husband.