MSNBC's Chris Matthews was not impressed with New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner's press conference Tuesday
in which he admitted to sexting women even after he resigned from Congress in the summer of 2011.
"It seems to me … this sexting of naked pictures of himself or whatever, continued right up until the time he decided to run for mayor," Matthews said on "Hardball" immediately after Weiner appeared before reporters along with his wife, Huma Abedin.
"In other words, the only reason he stopped doing this is because he was putting himself in a very precarious position electorally," Matthews said. "It seems to me the transition was from doing this kind of behavior to doing a different kind of public exhibitionism, running for office."
Matthews seemed particularly irked that Weiner did not admit that there was anything wrong with continuing to send lewd text messages and photographs to women he didn't know.
"He kept saying, 'It was in the context of my marriage I may have had inappropriate communications,' as if that's some sort of a formality problem that he has," Matthews said.
"When you drag your spouse out before the public only for this — never before would he use her in this way, only for this, to cover his butt — to drag a very nice woman, a great public servant, very respected and drags her out to make her stand next to him... Indecency's not the right word for it."
"Look at that nice woman trying to smile through all this hell," Matthews added.
Guest Steve Kornacki of Salon.com, said that although Weiner warned when he announced his candidacy that more pictures were likely to emerge, everyone assumed that meant he was referring to things that happened before he resigned.
"He is particulaly slippery in how he talks, in how he phrases things, and it can get him in trouble," Kornacki said. "He can be way too cute with things. This is typical, classic Weiner."
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