CNN is standing by its primetime host Chris Cuomo after video emerged of him squaring as much as a person who’d known as him “Fredo,” an insult in reference to the hapless Fredo Corleone character from “The Godfather” film franchise.
“Punk-ass bitches from the right call me Fredo. My name is Chris Cuomo. I’m an anchor on CNN,” Cuomo, who’s of Italian descent, responded to the person within the clip amplified Monday by a reporter for right-wing web site The Every day Wire.
“Fredo is from ‘The Godfather,’ he was that weak brother and they’re using it as an Italian aspersion,” Cuomo continued.
“It’s like the ‘n-word’ for us,” Cuomo claimed.
Later within the video, Cuomo informed the person ― who repeatedly claimed he believed Cuomo’s precise identify was “Fredo” ― that “you’re going to have a big fucking problem.”
“Don’t fucking insult me like that. You fucking called me Fredo, it’s like I call you punk bitch, you like that?” Cuomo warned.
“What are you going to do about it?” the unidentified man later requested.
“I’ll fucking ruin your shit. I’ll fucking throw you down these stairs like a fucking punk,” Cuomo replied.
A spokesperson for CNN mentioned it “completely” supported Cuomo following the incident.
“Chris Cuomo defended himself when he was verbally attacked with the use of an ethnic slur in an orchestrated setup,” they informed Mediaite.
The video divided opinion on Twitter, the place it drew contrasting commentary from high-profile conservative figures as different folks debated the offensiveness (racial or in any other case) of the “Fredo” insult.
Fox Information host Sean Hannity, who steadily makes use of his broadly watched present to assault CNN and stump for President Donald Trump, tweeted that Cuomo has “zero to apologize for” and truly “deserves the apology” himself.
“I say good for Chris Cuomo,” Hannity wrote. “He’s out with his 9-year-old daughter, and his wife and this guy is being a jackass in front of his family.”
The president’s son Donald Trump Jr., nonetheless, responded by reminding his followers how Republican strategist Ana Navarro as soon as used the time period on Cuomo’s present to explain him.
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