7 takeaways from Huma Abedin’s book
In 2013, when Weiner was running for mayor of New York, a woman went public with the “inappropriate exchanges” she shared. Much to the chagrin of his mother and Clinton, Abedin agreed to speak on his behalf to the press. “We were all so far into the smallest details of my personal life, I no longer knew what was mine and what was not mine,” she writes. Abedin reached his breaking point six weeks later, when Weiner repeatedly asked for his company on a low-festive election night where the woman who leaked the talks promised to appear.
She writes: “I had given up on trying to understand or decode Anthony’s sanity. Abedin expected Clinton to ask for his resignation; instead, Clinton said “she didn’t believe I had to pay a professional price for what was ultimately my husband’s mistake, not mine.”
Abedin hit his limit when their child appeared in one of Weiner’s sext.
“I wish I could take back the image that appeared but I will never be able to erase it,” writes Abedin of a photo that surfaced in August 2016. “There was Jordan, sleeping peacefully next to him. an indecent Anthony, an image shared with a stranger, or a “friend” according to Anthony. ”She continues,“ It went to another level of degradation, a violation of our child’s innocence. of “what were you thinking?” questions left in me. It was over. “
Children’s Services interviewed Abedin’s son and told him that she had been named “in a report of suspected child abuse or mistreatment.” The investigation continued for months, as new allegations surfaced against Weiner (this time involving a teenage girl, “a new nadir”); as Abedin learned that Weiner had been diagnosed with a sex addiction; through his passage in a residential treatment program (price: $ 127,000); grabbing his laptop; and finally the 2016 presidential election.
In January 2017, Abedin received a long report concluding that she was able to care for her son. “The HRC had lost the elections,” she wrote. “My consolation prize was that I would be allowed to babysit my child.”
For a while, she blamed herself for Clinton’s loss. Now she blames Comey.
Abedin and Weiner separated in 2016 and later divorced. She was haunted by her husband’s actions, the FBI investigation and their contribution to Donald Trump’s victory. “For a long time Comey has been a daily nightmare for me, and even now the thought of what he did sometimes creeps in to torture me,” writes Abedin. “But I slowly came to accept that I was not the sole cause of the 2016 election defeat.”
She holds Comey, the director of the FBI, responsible. “A man’s decision to play God forever changed the course of history,” she writes. “It shouldn’t be my burden to carry the rest of my life. It should be hers.