Anthony Weiner appears on Sean Hannity's show, yells

The failed mayoral candidate and the Fox News host engage in a reasonable and substantive discussion of the issues

By Elias Isquith

Published October 10, 2013 5:20PM (EDT)

Anthony Weiner, Sean Hannity            (Fox News)
Anthony Weiner, Sean Hannity (Fox News)

Anthony Weiner and Sean Hannity are an odd couple that only a television producer could love, something they proved with aplomb Wednesday night on Hannity's Fox News show with a segment that began awkwardly before quickly descending into an even more uncomfortable yelling match.

Things got off to a rocky start, with Weiner refusing to engage with Hannity's first question — "What the hell were you thinking?" — and insisting he was on the show not to talk about himself but to talk about the middle class. The two then spent a good chunk of time going in circles, with Hannity repeatedly trying to get Weiner to comment on his many sex scandals, and with Weiner repeatedly dodging the question and attempting to redirect the conversation to policy.

Eventually they did get to policy ... sort of. When Hannity brought up the debt ceiling, Weiner interjected with questions of his own, asking the Fox News host again and again whether he supported raising the debt ceiling. Hannity ultimately granted that the debt ceiling would have to be raised, but not before complaining about Weiner's commandeering the interview. "What am I — a potted plant?" Weiner responded.

That's about when things started to get real. "You're auditioning for MSNBC! You're auditioning! You want Chris Matthews' job! I can tell! You want to ask the questions! You want to be Chris Matthews! You never shut up like Chris Matthews, either,” Hannity said. Weiner insisted he had no such plans, but said if he did he'd rather be on Fox, where there are "lower standards." Hannity, by this point less than amused, shot back, "You want me to talk about low standards? You really wanna go there?"

Watch the whole clash here:

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Elias Isquith is a former Salon staff writer.

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