Weiner considered to play Trump in Clinton debate prep

Weiner considered to play Trump in Clinton debate prep
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Former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) was considered as a possible candidate to play Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpIvanka Trump pens op-ed on kindergartners learning tech Bharara, Yates tamp down expectations Mueller will bring criminal charges Overnight Cybersecurity: Equifax security employee left after breach | Lawmakers float bill to reform warrantless surveillance | Intel leaders keeping collusion probe open MORE in Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonChris Murphy’s profile rises with gun tragedies DNC, RNC step up cyber protections Gun proposal picks up GOP support MORE's debate prep, a new book reveals.

The Hill's Amie Parnes and Sidewire's Jonathan Allen report in "Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign" that Clinton aide Jennifer Palmieri thought Weiner might be a good fit for the position.

But, according to the book, people in the campaign did not think it would be a good idea to use him as a stand-in for Trump in the debate preparation.

Ultimately, longtime Clinton aide Philippe Reines ended up acting as Trump during the former Democratic presidential nominee's practice debates.

Last year, longtime Clinton aide Huma Abedin announced she was separating from Weiner after a sexting controversy ensnared the controversial former lawmaker. Her statement came after an earlier report about Weiner sending a woman a photo of his crotch with his toddler son in the background.

Weiner resigned from Congress in 2011 after sending a sexually explicit photo of himself to another woman. When he resigned, he issued a public apology and said he would change his behavior.