President Trump ripped CNN’s Chris Cuomo as an “out-of-control animal” on Tuesday in reaction to a viral video in which the “Cuomo Prime Time” host threatened a man who apparently had actually called him “Fredo.”
A video of the conflict, which initially appeared on the YouTube channel ” That’s The Point with Brandon” and was circulated by Daily Wire reporter Ryan Saavedra, begins with the male informing Cuomo, “I thought that was who you were.” The CNN host plainly didn’t value the remark and the clip rapidly ended up being a trending topic on social media.
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Fredo is a recommendation to Fredo Corleone, the weak and facile brother in the motion picture “The Godfather.” The CNN host is the younger brother of Andrew Cuomo, the Democratic guv of New York. The conflict took place Sunday at a bar on New York’s Shelter Island.
” I thought Chris was Fredo likewise. The reality injures,” Trump tweeted. “Completely lost it! Low scores @CNN.”
” No, punk-ass b– es from the best call me ‘Fredo.’ My name is Chris Cuomo. I’m an anchor on CNN,” Cuomo reacted. “‘ Fredo’ was from ‘The Godfather.’ He was a weak brother and they use that as an Italian slur– are any of you Italian? … It’s a f– ing insult to your people. It’s an insult to your f– kin’ individuals. It resembles the N-word for us. Is that a cool f– ing thing?”
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After the male sarcastically informed him, “You’re a lot more sensible man face to face than you seem to be on tv,” Cuomo reacted, “If you wish to play, we’ll f– ing play.”
” If you have actually got something to say about what I do on television, then say it, however you do not have to call me a f– in’ insult,” Cuomo continued.
” Hey man, listen, I do not want any problems,” the male, who appears to be holding the camera from below, informed Cuomo.
” Well, you’re gon na have a huge f– in’ problem,” Cuomo shot back.
President Trump mocked CNN’s Chris Cuomo by comparing him to Fredo from “The Godfather.”.
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While the president mocked Cuomo over the conflict, others have actually protected him. Fox News’ Sean Hannity tweeted that Cuomo has “zero to excuse.”
” I state great for @ChrisCuomo,” Hannity wrote. “He’s out with his 9-year-old child, and his wife, and this guy is being a jack-ss in front of his household.”
In a statement to Fox News, CNN stated it completely supported its primetime anchor.
” Chris Cuomo safeguarded himself when he was verbally assaulted with making use of an ethnic slur in a managed setup. We totally support him,” a CNN representative told Fox News.
The president later sent out another tweet directed at Cuomo, who recently hosted a CNN town hall on gun control.
” Would Chris Cuomo be provided a Red Flag for his recent tirade? Dirty language and an overall loss of control,” Trump tweeted. “He shouldn’t be permitted to have any weapon. He’s nuts!”
Trump restated his thoughts when speaking with reporters later on in the day outside Marine One.
” I believe what Chris Cuomo did was horrible. His language was terrible, he appeared like an overall out-of-control animal.”
— President Trump
” I believe what Chris Cuomo did was dreadful. His language was terrible, he appeared like a total out-of-control animal. He lost it, and honestly, I do not think any person should protect him since he spews lies every night. I don’t know why any person would protect him,” Trump stated. “Chris Cuomo runs out control. I saw it, I thought it was terrible … you’ve never ever seen me do that.”
Trump then stated that the CNN host was “so out of control” that it’s a good idea he wasn’t holding a weapon.
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Cuomo acknowledged that he got some support but said he should not “contribute to the ugliness” that he opposes.
” Value all the support however – fact is I ought to be much better than the men baiting me. This occurs all the time these days. Often in front of my family. But there is a lesson: no requirement to contribute to the ugliness; I must be much better than what I oppose,” Cuomo tweeted on Tuesday morning.
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Over the years, many people– consisting of CNN personalities– have actually utilized the term “Fredo” to mock the president’s children. Donald Trump Jr. took notice of the viral video and used his ideas on the circumstance.
” Hey @ChrisCuomo, take it from me, “Fredo” isn’t the N word for Italians, it simply indicates you’re the dumb bro,” he wrote.
As of Tuesday morning, the viral video had over 3.4 million views– more than three times the audience that Cuomo usually draws. Throughout the month of July, “Cuomo Prime Time” averaged 954,000 nighttime audiences.
Cuomo revealed Monday afternoon, hours prior to the video went viral, that “Cuomo Prime-time Show” was on hiatus today and would be back on-air Aug.19
Paradoxically, the New york city Post discovered an old video in which Cuomo playfully referred to himself as “Fredo” throughout a 2010 radio interview.
Fox News’ Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report.