President Trump Shreds Chris ‘Fredo’ Cuomo: ‘The Truth Hurts’
Trump blasts CNN anchor over viral meltdown video: 'I thought Chris was Fredo also'
“I thought Chris was Fredo also. The truth hurts. Totally lost it!” Trump wrote on Twitter as he shared the video himself.
“Low ratings CNN.”
Cuomo was filmed exploding in an aggressive rage after a man called him "Fredo" while asking for a photo.
Video footage shows Cuomo losing his temper and threatening a man with physical violence during a verbal altercation posted to Youtube on Monday, but deleted by the Google-owned video hosting service on Tuesday.
The clip was originally uploaded to Youtube channel “THAT’S THE POINT with Brandon,” and has since gone viral on social media after being shared by a number of prominent personalities, including the president's son, Donald Trump Jr.
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In the video, Cuomo tells the man that the nickname “Fredo” was like “The N-word” for Italians.
“Fredo” refers to the character of the same name in the film The Godfather, which has come to mean the “dumb brother” of a family.
“I’ll f*cking ruin your sh*t,” Cuomo erupted, calling the man a “punk b*tch.”
“I’ll f*cking throw you down these stairs like a f*cking punk,” the top CNN host added.
In a statement, CNN defended Cuomo’s actions — and reinforced the anchor’s claim that the diminutive nickname is “an ethnic slur.”
“Chris Cuomo defended himself when he was verbally attacked with the use of an ethnic slur in an orchestrated setup,” the network said.
"We completely support him."
This isn't the first time Chris Cuomo - son of Democratic ex-NY Governor Mario Cuomo and brother of the current New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo - has been at the center of a controversy concerning violent threats.
In August last year, the CNN host said on air, following a series of physical attacks against Republicans and Trump supporters, that Antifa violence was "right."
According to Cuomo, violent attacks by far-left activists are "right" because those who back their president are "bigots."
Cuomo attempted to legitimize political violence, saying, “All punches are not equal morally…
"Drawing a moral equivalency between those espousing hate and those fighting it, because they both resort to violence emboldens hate, legitimized hateful belief and elevates what should be stamped out.”