Feminist activist Gloria Steinem gave her opinion Wednesday on Huma Abedin’s defense of her husband, former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D), in the face of new allegations that he participated in sexually illicit chats on the internet.
“I have no way of knowing whether Huma, for whom I have great respect, is responding out of new motherhood, the Stockholm syndrome or a mystery,” Steinem wrote the New York Times in an e-mail.
Steinem’s criticism was directed at Weiner, however: “I strongly object to holding one spouse responsible for the other’s acts,” she wrote. “He’s the one who should get out of the race.”
Steinem had previously endorsed Weiner’s opponent in the New York City mayoral race, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.
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