CNN’s Chris Cuomo was caught having a massive meltdown after one man addressed him as “Fredo Cuomo,” a longtime nickname given to the CNN anchor by Rush Limbaugh. Fredo is a reference to Fredo Corleone, the weak brother in the movie “The Godfather.” After Cuomo threatened to throw the man down the “f*cking stairs,” he then claimed it was like calling him the “N-word.” That’s when President Donald Trump destroyed him.
A video has surfaced of CNN’s Chris Cuomo using profanity and threatening violence after an individual referred to him as “Fredo” – a nickname popularized by Rush Limbaugh.
“No. Punk ass bitches on the right call me Fredo. My name is Chris Cuomo. I’m an anchor on CNN,” Cuomo said. “Fredo is from The Godfather. He was the weak brother.”
He continued, telling the man that “Fredo” is equivalent to the “N-word” to Italians.
The man reacted to Cuomo’s explosion, remarking, “You’re a much more reasonable guy in person than you seem to be on television.”
“If you want to play, then we’ll f*cking play,” Cuomo shot back, hurling a series of insults at the man and referring to him as a “punk b*tch.”
“You know my name is not f*cking Fredo,” he continued, adding, “own what you said.”
“I’ll f*cking ruin your sh*t,” Cuomo ranted. “I’ll f*cking throw you down these stairs like a f*cking punk.”
“Please do,” the man shot back.
“So you can f*cking sue?” Cuomo continued, before daring the man to punch him:
Reactions on social media were swift as the hashtag #FredoCuomo started trending.
YouTube attempted to ban the video on the grounds of “bullying,” but they were quickly called out and had to repost the two-minute video after users complained of favoritism to CNN. Italian-Americans were outraged Cuomo used the situation to claim racism.
Daily Wire reporter Emily Zanotti tweeted, “Guys, I’m Italian. ‘Fredo’ is not an ethnic slur. It doesn’t even rise to the level of ‘dego’ or ‘wop’ (and those definitely don’t rise to the level of the n-word). My family actually regularly used Fredo Corleone as an example of what happens when you make bad choices.”
Guys, I’m Italian. “Fredo” is not an ethnic slur. It doesn’t even rise to the level of “dego” or “wop” (and those definitely don’t rise to the level of the n-word).
My family actually regularly used Fredo Corleone as an example of what happens when you make bad choices.
— Emily “Al Fredo” Zanotti (@emzanotti) August 13, 2019
President Trump also had something to say to Cuomo. “I thought Chris was Fredo also. The truth hurts. Totally lost it!” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Low ratings CNN.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 13, 2019
Trump then questioned Cuomo’s mental state.
“Would Chris Cuomo be given a Red Flag for his recent rant?” he asked. “Filthy language and a total loss of control. He shouldn’t be allowed to have any weapon. He’s nuts!”
Would Chris Cuomo be given a Red Flag for his recent rant? Filthy language and a total loss of control. He shouldn’t be allowed to have any weapon. He’s nuts!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 13, 2019
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. We completely support him,” the network said.
Well, that’s not how the Urban Dictionary defines the term Fredo: To be the “black sheep” in the family, like the one that is the goof and the screw-up. Named after Fredo Corleone, who was Michael’s older brother in the Godfather, and he was considered to be the failure in the family.
Chris Cuomo’s own show on CNN has had guests use the term “Fredo.”
“So @ChrisCuomo says calling him ‘Fredo’ is like the ‘N-word for us’ Weird, I don’t recall him having an issue with Ana Navarro calling @DonaldJTrumpJr ‘Fredo’ ON HIS SHOW ON CNN. I also don’t recall CNN having an issue with Rick Wilson calling Rep. Nunez ‘Fredo’ on CNN,” tweeted Caleb Hull.
So @ChrisCuomo says calling him "Fredo" is like the "N-word for us"
Weird, I don't recall him having an issue with Ana Navarro calling @DonaldJTrumpJr "Fredo" ON HIS SHOW ON CNN.
I also don't recall CNN having an issue with Rick Wilson calling Rep. Nunez "Fredo" on CNN.
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) August 13, 2019
Donald Trump Jr. didn’t lash out and act like a baby after Never-Trumper Ana Navarro referred to him as “Fredo” multiple times on CNN. He didn’t claim it’s “racist” or an ethnic slur. If you’re playing the game of American politics, you have to let most things roll off your back.
“Hey @ChrisCuomo, take it from me, ‘Fredo’ isn’t the N-word for Italians, it just means you’re the dumb brother,” tweeted Don Jr.
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) August 13, 2019
This is a fine example of what is wrong with the Democratic Party and their cohorts in the mainstream media. Everything is elevated to racism.
Chris Cuomo is not the sharpest crayon in the box. He excoriated Nick Sandmann, the Covington Catholic high school teen who was confronted by Nathan Phillips, the leftwing Indian activist.
During his “closing argument” segment, Cuomo accused the group of teenagers of being “unduly provocative.” He then singled out Nick Sandmann, who he said made a choice to get into a “standoff” with Phillips. Cuomo also slammed Sandmann for wearing a MAGA hat.
Yet, when he is confronted in a public setting, Cuomo goes ballistic. Nick Sandmann showed great restraint when he was confronted, whereas Cuomo collapses into an unruly little baby unable to refrain from lashing out. This is a prime example of the difference between conservatives and liberals in America today.