NEW YORK (Reuters) - Anthony Weiner, who has pressed on with his bid for New York City mayor despite seeing his lead in the polls vanish amid embarrassing revelations, lost his cool while campaigning on Wednesday, a video of the incident showed.
“Yeah, it takes one to know one, jackass,” Weiner is heard calling out over his shoulder as he exited a bakery in Brooklyn, his cheek stuffed with a bite of cake.
Weiner, on the campaign trail ahead of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, was marking his 49th birthday.
The confrontation, captured by a local blogger and posted online, appeared to center on the lewd-picture scandal that led Weiner to resign from Congress in 2011. After new pictures emerged this summer, his lead in the polls collapsed.
In a new Quinnipiac poll, just 7 percent of likely Democratic primary voters said they would support him.
It was not immediately clear what set him off, though he later suggested the man he is seen yelling at had made vile and racist comments about his wife, Huma Abedin.
Abedin, a close aide to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is Muslim.
“What rabbi told you that you were my judge?” Weiner, who is Jewish, says in the video clip as he walks back into the bakery.
“You want to believe you’re superior. But you’re not,” Weiner continues. “Where do you get the morality to judge me? Do you know who judges me? Not you. You don’t get to judge me because you have shown no sign you are superior to me, and you are not my God.”
“I think I put him in his place,” Weiner told reporters after the incident in a separate video posted by the website Talking Points Memo. “Just because someone is running for office doesn’t mean you have an unabridged right to say whatever nasty and vile things you want.”
“I think New Yorkers need a leader who will express emotion if it’s appropriate,” Weiner said.
Reporting By Edith Honan; Editing by Steve Gorman and Xavier Briand