Cuomo Called Michael Grimm’s Physical Threat of Reporter a ‘Bizarre Outburst — FLASHBACK

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 14, 2019

But on Tuesday he put his peanut butter and chocolate together.

"It's like the n-word for us", Chris Cuomo is heard saying in the video. Sprinkled in there was Cuomo's comparison of the insult "Fredo" to the N-word.

"I thought that's who you were."
He called the guy a punk and let him know he wasn't going to tolerate it.

Cuomo interviewed Scotto on January 29, 2014, the day after the odd incident, playing the clip of the threat and calling it "almost impossible to believe". "I'm an anchor on CNN", he said. He was the weak brother. Using negative stereotypes on the Italian community, or any community, isn't okay. Are any of you Italian?... It's an insult to your f*cking people. He continued, "It's like the n-word for us". "Is that a cool f-- thing?"

OK, that definitely doesn't equate. But an ethnic slur on par with the N-word? At least not yet. You're supposed to marvel at them from a distance.

The instigator goes another way...

"You can't constantly be playing this tough guy role", he said. I should not have said it.

"Don't f-ing insult me like that", he continues. It's a little different on TV. I should not have said it. Cuomo asked Scotto if he was surprised by Grimm's lack of discretion, threatening him in front of a camera. I'll f*cking ruin your sh*t. "I'll f***ing throw you down these stairs like a f***ing punk".

"Why, so you can f**kin' sue?"

American studies Professor Michael Mark Cohen from UC Berkeley told USA Today, "Fredo was an untrusted and untrustworthy son who, after being patronized and "passed over" by his powerful family, came to betray his brother out of stupidity and ego". People gather around. Someone yells out WorldStar. "The truth hurts. Totally lost it!"

Anthony Tamburri, dean of the John D Calandra Italian American Institute at Queens College City University of NY, said that he and his colleagues spoke about the incident, and do not find Fredo personally offensive, but recognise the potential malice behind the term.

Oh, and about Cuomo's assertion that "Fredo" is an Italian slur?

Neera Tanden, CEO of the liberal think tank Center for American Progress, took the verbal attack on Chris Cuomo seriously.

"He looked like a total out-of-control animal". He shouldn't be allowed to have any weapon. On Twitter, he expressed a desire for "strong background checks" (although he did appear to be holding the issue hostage by proposing "marrying" it with immigration reform) and in a speech from the White House, he proposed implementing more "red flag laws" nationwide.

Amusing enough, Trump's closest confidante went the other way. Often in front of my family.

He said Cuomo "has zero" to apologize for. "He deserves the apology", the Hannity host tweeted. "You need to take an anger management course".

Some people on Twitter were under the impression that Cuomo's actions were reminiscent of John Cazale's Godfather character and shared gifs and memes from the 1970s classics to poke fun at the Cuomo Prime Time host.

CNN's chief PR rep, Matt Dornic backed Cuomo claiming he was merely defending himself against an "ethnic slur", referring to the "Fredo" nickname. "We completely support him". "It clearly unacceptable. And good for Chris for standing up for himself".

In a Tuesday tweet, Cuomo expressed regret over the way he handled the confrontation, writing, "truth is I should be better than the guys baiting me".

"This happens all the time these days", he added. "We also offer uploaders the ability to appeal removals and we will re-review the content".

What do YOU think about all this, Perezcious readers? He told the newspaper that he felt Cuomo went "overboard" with that comparison.

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