O'Donnell to Weiner: 'What's Wrong With You?'

BuzzFeed calls trainwreck interview 'too amazing for words'

By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 10, 2013 9:44 AM CDT

(Newser) – New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner appeared on The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell last night, and let's just say the interview is a memorable one. The host had just one question for Weiner: "What's wrong with you?" O'Donnell was not, as you might expect, referring to Weiner's penchant for naughty texts; rather, he was absolutely obsessed with what he described (over and over again) as Weiner's "pathological need to be in public politics." Writes Josh Feldman at Mediaite, "I DEFY you not to feel just the tiniest pinprick of sympathy for Anthony Weiner" after watching it.

The six-minute exchange was, in the words of BuzzFeed's Andrew Kaczynski, "too amazing for words," and featured such gems from O'Donnell as, "You are being driven by some kind of demons." (Weiner counters with lines like "Chillax, buddy" and "Dude, I don't really need your psychiatric questions.") The best part: Weiner's laugh at the end. If the first six minutes aren't enough for you, good news: Weiner stuck around for another eight minutes, in an online-only segment (though he got in this jab when O'Donnell asked him to keep the conversation going: "Online? Get harangued online? Nobody watches the show. Who do you think's online?") NYC's primary is today; USA Today notes that Weiner is polling fourth out of six Democrat candidates.

Weiner and O'Donnell battle it out on The Last Word
Weiner and O'Donnell battle it out on The Last Word   (MSNBC Screenshot)
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O'Donnell asks Weiner, "What is wrong with you?"   (MSNBC)
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