A profanity-laced video surfaced Monday night showing CNN anchor Chris Cuomo threatening to throw a man down the stairs for calling him “Fredo,” referring to the fictional character Fredo Corleone from “The Godfather” films.
But the core of the backlash centered on one claim from Cuomo: that calling an Italian person “Fredo” was comparable to using the n-word — an assertion that had many Italian Americans scratching their heads and other critics calling Cuomo out of bounds.
“Are any of you Italian?” Cuomo asked the group of men involved in the confrontation. “It’s an insult to your people. It’s like the n-word for us.” On Monday night, CNN also said it stood by the host.
USA Today reports:
“Punk (expletive) from the right call me ‘Fredo.’ My name is Chris Cuomo. I’m an anchor on CNN,” the television host said during the NSFW video that was shared on Twitter. The journalist explained that the “disparaging” term is from the 1972 film “The Godfather,” referring to Fredo Corleone, who Cuomo said is “a weak brother.”
As the conversation escalated, Cuomo added: “I’ll (expletive) ruin your (expletive). I’ll (expletive) throw you down these stairs like a (expletive) punk … you’re gonna call me Fredo, take a (expletive) swing?”
The footage was first shared by conservative media personality Brandon Straka on his YouTube channel, “That’s the Point with Brandon.” He claims the man Cuomo threatened is a Trump supporter who believed the anchor’s real name was “Fredo.”
Brandon Straka, you may recall, is the douchebag homocon behind the alleged #WalkAway movement.
I say good for @ChrisCuomo
He’s out with his 9 year old daughter, and his wife, and this guy is being a jackass in front of his family.
Imho Chris Cuomo has zero to apologize for. He deserves the apology. https://t.co/VnyMNgz14U
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) August 13, 2019
— Anthony Scaramucci (@Scaramucci) August 13, 2019
Chris Cuomo goes on TV every night & calls Donald Trump unhinged
Yet this is how he acts when someone calls him “Fredo”?
I don’t agree with assailing journalists
But watch how Cuomo responds—his true colors!
Will the left call for his resignation?
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) August 13, 2019
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) August 13, 2019