According to the New York Post, Weiner was about to take part in a forum with opponents when he cupped a hand on the back of rival and Doe Fund founder George McDonald.
McDonald unceremoniously responded, “I would appreciate if you would never touch me again.”
A smart candidate would have let the slight drop, but not Weiner, who shot back, “What are you going to do about it, grandpa?” McDonald is 69 years old. Weiner is 48.
But the most important detail of the exchange was its sponsor, AARP. That’s short for American Association of Retired Persons, aka “grandpas.”
The Post notes that the feud between the two has been simmering since last Thursday, when McDonald at another debate called Weiner a “self-pleasuring freak,” adding that he was embarrassed to tell his 10-year-old granddaughter why Weiner was famous. Weiner defended himself at the time, saying that McDonald was a candidate “chirping at the fringes.”
But his remarks yesterday are sure to be a turn-off to older voters. Then again, turning people off is something that Weiner excels at.