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Reporter: How can it not be?

Weiner: How can it not be? Very easily. Every day all of us get spam. Every day, all of us have people responding to us, ‘Can’t believe you’re sending me this.’

Miller: You’re a member of Congress.

Weiner: I’m a member of Congress. I’m also a citizen. There’s nothing official about someone sending … by the way. …

Miller: You’re standing in the Speaker’s Lobby, having 40, 75 reporters around you. If this is an issue of the Capitol Police, if this is …

Weiner: Why?

Miller: Because you’re a member of Congress standing in this Capitol …

Weiner: But a member of Congress doesn’t mean when someone sends a piece of spam to my account, doesn’t make it a federal offense.

Miller: But this whole issue could go away. …

Weiner: I am trying to find out, and I think I have taken steps to do so. If you’ll forgive me, I know we’re now in the weeds of a particular issue. If you can take a step back — not literally — you can step as close as you like. Let’s remember what happened here. A congressman named Weiner who has a rather edgy, perhaps aggressive Twitter feed. Where he was spending the whole day poking at Clarence Thomas, gets a Twitter picture of fill in the blank.

This was a prank, intended to derail me or distract me, whatever it is. It is not a federal case. Now maybe it will turn out — forgive me — that this is the point of al Qaeda’s sword [laughter] and that this is the effort, this is where it’s going to begin. And I’ve asked internet security to take a look at my private Internet feed — my private Twitter feed that has 45,000 followers, more than Michele Bachmann, I want to point that out. I finally passed her.

That interaction shows the real character of Anthony Weiner. Today, he does not claim to have learned to respect women in his brief absence from public life. He is solely focused on regaining power and fame.

The disgraced congressman asked New York voters Wednesday to give him a “second chance.” He doesn’t deserve it.