Published: Wed, August 14, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

CNN Host Chris Cuomo Addresses Issuing Threats on Camera

CNN Host Chris Cuomo Addresses Issuing Threats on Camera

CNN's Cuomo exploded in anger after a man in NY called him "Fredo".

"Appreciate all the support but-truth is I should be better than the guys baiting me".

In a tweet, Hannity praised Cuomo for standing up for himself when "this guy is being a jackass" in front of Cuomo's family. However, he shouldn't "add to the ugliness" and "should be better than what I oppose".

CNN's Chris Cuomo was captured on video threatening to harm a man who called him "Fredo" - a term the news anchor has previously said is a slur for Italians. His behavior was unbecoming of a tv news personality, especially someone as "famous" and "prestigious" as Chris Cuomo is. "My name is Chris Cuomo".

Cuomo apologized for the comment days later on Twitter.

After offering his own, brief impersonation of Fredo Corleone from The Godfather, Hannity continued.

"Most Italians think they have to have this tough-guy attitude", said Matthew Conte, 22. "We completely support him", CNN spokesman Matt Dornic said in a statement on Twitter.

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. "I'll f***ing throw you down these stairs like a f***ing punk. you're gonna call me Fredo, take a f***ing swing". You called me Fredo, like I call you "punk b**ch". Are you Italian? It's a f-king insult to your people.

Chris Cuomo's claim that the name "Fredo" was equivalent to the use of the n-word prompted a swift backlash on social media.

CNN host Chris Cuomo went viral on Monday night after a video of him in a heated exchange with another man over the word "Fredo" circulated online.

But Falco disagreed that the name is equivalent to the n-word.

John Nolte at Breitbart suggested that Cuomo's rage and outburst over being addressed as "Fredo" - even though he's used that term on himself - qualifies him to be "red-flagged" and have his access to his guns restricted.

As anyone who's seen "The Godfather" and its sequels already knows, being called "Fredo" is hardly flattering, and Cuomo, 47, responded with anger. IMHO Chris Cuomo has zero to apologise for. "The truth hurts. Totally lost it!" the president tweeted Tuesday morning. But, perhaps that is simply because Cuomo does not understand the gravitas of the N-word.

"Are any of you Italian?" he asked of the men involved in the altercation in the profanity-laced video.

Trump campaign adviser Katrina Pierson wrote, "Did @ChrisCuomo just say that "Fredo" is to Italians what the N-word is to black people?"

Based on the clip, we'll go out on a limb and say Cuomo is more of a Sonny than a Fredo. "Low ratings @CNN", the 45th President tweeted.

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