Anthony Weiner was finally forced this morning to acknowledge he used the much-mocked nickname “Carlos Danger” for his latest batch of digital dalliances.
“Why did you pick a Hispanic name? And how dangerous were you really?” Mr. Weiner was asked during an awkward interview with Univision’s Despierta América.
The moniker, which has inspired endless videos, jokes and late night TV gags, has also drawn criticism from some in the Hispanic community, inducing from his long-shot rival Erick Salgado, who demanded an apology. But Mr. Weiner had previously managed to successfully ignore or side-step repeated inquiries about the nickname.
Pressed directly, however, the former congressman admitted the truth.
“It was a joke in my personal life between me and one person,” he responded.
“I’m not gonna comment on anything about the information that that person has chosen to release,” he added. “They can do whatever they want. They can try to harm me in any way that they want. I’m moving forward talking about the people of the City of New York.”
He also responded to GOP Congressman Peter King’s criticism that he wasn’t “psychologically qualified” to be mayor.
“I’m not looking for Peter King’s vote,” Mr. Weiner said. “In fact, I’d be a little ashamed if I had it.”
Here’s the full interview: