Just when you thought that New York tabloids got the last word on Rep. Anthony Weiner, Donald Trump piles on.
The probably not, maybe so presidential candidate finally — finally — offered his two cents in a YouTube video released Tuesday on fellow New Yorker Weiner, whose now-infamous exploits on Twitter and subsequent lies came to a head Monday at a tearful, stand-and-take-it-like-a-dude press conference.
Trump, who claimed that he knew Weiner “very well” and seemed to be on a first-name basis with the congressman, said Weiner solicited campaign contributions from him “all the time.”
According to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission, Trump donated to Friends of Weiner twice, once in February 2010 for $2,000 and September 2007 for $2,300.
Despite the recorded contributions, Trump appeared to imply that he had not donated to the Weiner campaign.
“He would give me all sorts of phone numbers,” Trump said of Weiner. “Fortunately, I don’t think I ever used any of them.”
Trump is also apparently all about the facts, repeating the phrase “the fact is” five times in 1:44 minutes.
“The fact is, one thing good came out of Anthony’s mess,” Trump said, with a steely gaze into the camera. “I’ll never have to give him campaign contributions, and that’s really wonderful.”
Highlights of the video:
“The fact is, Anthony Weiner is a bad guy. He’s a psycho, and when this came out, I was not surprised at all.”
“I thought his career was so important to him. The fact is, what he was doing was more important, or probably he just had a death wish.”
“I don’t know what he was thinking doing all those interviews and then having to recant. He’s a liar, and he should never, ever be allowed to run for office again.”