A video showing CNN’s Chris Cuomo melting down after an unnamed man called him “Fredo” has gone viral, eliciting responses from a wide swath of people, including the president himself.
The video shows the CNN host threatening the man he will “f***in ruin your sh**” and “f***ing throw you down the stairs” for calling him what he likened to the “Italian n-word.”
CNN stands firmly by Cuomo, claiming he acted in self-defense after being “verbally attacked with the use of 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.
— Matt Dornic (@mdornic) August 13, 2019
CNN’s Matt Dornic asserted that those at CNN “completely support him.”
This reveals a dilemma, however. The term ‘Fredo’ has, interestingly, been used on the very same network a number of times to attack and demean political opponents. In fact, many of these instances occurred on Cuomo’s own show.
Devin Nunes was referred to as “Fredo” on CNN in March. CNN’s David Gregory compared @DonaldJTrumpJr to “Fredo” in February. And in January, CNN’s Ana Navarro referred to @DonaldJTrumpJr as “Fredo”…to Cuomo on his own show. https://t.co/jXCUfFkYvs
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) August 13, 2019
Cuomo did not express his disapproval of the “ethnic slur” at that time.
In fact, the ‘slur’ has been used on his show frequently, and segments including the ‘slur’ have even been tweeted out by their official Twitter account:
.@ananavarro slams Don Jr. for likening border wall to zoo fence: He’s an “entitled, rich, spoiled little brat whose only call to fame is being his daddy’s son.”
“[D]addy kept Fredo back home…Who cares what [he] says. I don’t want to talk about that entitled little brat.” pic.twitter.com/zpTtp8ZfAd
— Cuomo Prime Time (@CuomoPrimeTime) January 10, 2019
Cuomo’s show isn’t the only guilty party. The “Italian n-word” was frequently thrown around throughout the network:
— Yossi Gestetner (@YossiGestetner) August 13, 2019
Video: Someone tell Chris Cuomo that Chris Matthews needs to be thrown down some stairs for saying the Italian-American version of the n-word because, on April 9, Matthews told @JoaquinCastroTX that @DonaldJTrumpJr is the “Fredo-like son” of the First Family pic.twitter.com/aoGS7wSR5B
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) August 13, 2019
Donald Trump Jr. has weighed in:
Does CNN’s head of PR still think “Fredo” is an ethnic slur after watching this? Because if it’s the N word for Italians like @ChrisCuomo says, I don’t understand why Chris seems so at ease with someone saying it here. An excuse just as fake as his news. #FredoCuomo https://t.co/8G8yuY80CK pic.twitter.com/1gwVyDVCob
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) August 13, 2019
No word yet on whether Cuomo threw Ana Navarro down the stairs once filming for the show wrapped.