Dean James at Right Wing Tribune
I’m sure by now you have all seen CNN anchor Chris Cuomo captured on a viral video getting into a profanity-laced exchange with a man who called him “Fredo.”
But what you probably don’t know is that Cuomo once referred to himself as the weak dimwitted character in “The Godfather” movie in a radio interview.
Cuomo was interviewed by Curtis Sliwa on his AM 970 radio show in January 2010 about whether his brother Andrew might seek the Democratic nomination for governor, Mark Moore at the New York Post reports.
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“There is a group of people — politicos — who always hint they might run, but not necessarily plunge all the way, and they are members of la Cuomo.”
“Who am I, then, Fredo?” Cuomo asked in response.
More from Jake Dima at The Daily Caller News Foundation (DCNF):
The radio interview’s resurrection comes after a heckler approached Cuomo Monday in New York and called him Fredo. Cuomo responded by equating the name to the n-word for Italians, and hurled a series of expletives at the man and threatened physical assault.
“Punk-ass bitches from the right call me Fredo,” Cuomo told the man. “My name is Chris Cuomo. I’m an anchor on CNN.”
“They use it as an Italian aspersion. Any of you Italian?” Cuomo added. “It’s an insult to your fucking people. It’s like the n-word for us.”
“I’ll fucking ruin your shit,” he said. “I’ll fucking throw you down these stairs like a fucking punk.”
A man in NY yesterday approached CNN's Chris Cuomo and called him "Fredo"
Cuomo: "You're going to have a problem"
Man: "What are you going to do about it?"
Cuomo: "I'll fuckin ruin your shit. I'll fucking throw you down these stairs"
Credit: "THAT'S THE POINT with Brandon" pic.twitter.com/4iWwzaSQpF
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) August 13, 2019
Cuomo can be seen making physical advances at the man, while others restrain him.
A CNN spokesperson condemned the insult when it was hurled at Cuomo.
“Chris Cuomo defended himself when he was verbally attacked with the use of an ethnic slur in an orchestrated setup,” CNN spokesman Matt Dornic said Monday on Twitter. “We completely support him.”
The host of “Cuomo Prime Time” made a statement on Twitter.
“Appreciate all the support but – truth is I should be better than the guys baiting me. This happens all the time these days.
“Often in front of my family. But there is a lesson: no need to add to the ugliness; I should be better than what I oppose,” he said.
Appreciate all the support but – truth is I should be better than the guys baiting me. This happens all the time these days. Often in front of my family. But there is a lesson: no need to add to the ugliness; I should be better than what I oppose.
— Christopher C. Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) August 13, 2019
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Dean James at Right Wing Tribune
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