Anthony Weiner attempts Twitter comeback, admits social media ‘isn’t a comfortable place for me’

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FIRST ON FOX: Disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner, DN.Y., joined Twitter, the site that initially sparked his sexting downfall, but admitted to Fox News Digital that social media “isn’t a comfortable place for me.”

Twitter users voted overwhelmingly against the scandal-ridden Democrat’s return to the social media platform on Thursday after he tweeted out a poll.

“Tips for getting back on Twitter,” Weiner captioned the poll.

Over 62% of those polled voted ‘just no’ while around 32% said he should ‘business as usual’. More than 6,500 users had voted in the poll Thursday morning.

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“I’m shocked to hear there’s snark on Twitter!” Weiner told Fox News Digital in an email.

“Social media is not a comfortable place for me and I am deeply ambivalent about its place in my life and the role it has had in society,” he continued. “But if you want people to know about a radio show you do, that’s helpful.”

Weiner sent his last tweet in 2013 before the Twitter poll.

This isn’t the first time Weiner has tried to come back to Twitter. In 2012, he returned to Twitter, prompting Donald Trump to tweet, “Pervert alert. @RepWeiner is back on Twitter. All girls under 18, block him immediately.”

In 2010, Weiner resigned from Congress after accidentally tweeting a photo of himself in his underwear. While the former congressman initially blamed the tweet on a hack, he quickly admitted he sent it.

“To be clear, the photo was of me and I sent it,” Weiner said in a tearful press conference at the time.

He then announced in 2013 that he would run for mayor of New York City. But, during the campaign, Weiner admitted to texting another woman.

In 2016, federal investigators announced an investigation into Weiner after a 15-year-old girl told the Daily Mail that he had sent her sexually explicit messages for months. Weiner pleaded guilty to related charges in 2017 and was sentenced to 21 months in prison.

Anthony Weiner is pictured in the middle of his campaign for mayor of New York on Sept. 9, 2013. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)
(Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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“I have a disease, but I have no excuse,” Weiner said during a court appearance.

Weiner currently hosts a political podcast called “The Middle With Anthony Weiner.” In his first Facebook post on Wednesday since 2016, Weiner has posted a lengthy article explaining his podcast’s mission, saying he’s “deeply troubled by how so much of our media has become silos for viewpoints that consumers already have and only want to have reinforced.”

“It’s a weekly show (and podcast) that tries to push back against the extremes of right and left and invites listeners to meet me halfway and have a real conversation about issues that have been reduced to angry slogans in other media,” Weiner continued.

At the end of his Facebook post, Weiner says some issues “didn’t come easy” for him, pointing to Hunter Biden’s laptop.

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