President Trump ripped off Chris Cuomo from CNN as an "out of control animal" on Tuesday in response to a viral video in which the host of "Cuomo Prime Time" threatened a man who had apparently called him "Fredo."
A video of the confrontation, which originally appeared on the YouTube channel "That's the point with Brandon" and was circulated by Daily Wire journalist Ryan Saavedra, begins with the man telling Cuomo: "I thought you were who you were." The CNN host clearly did not appreciate the comment and the clip quickly became a hot topic on social media.
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Fredo is a reference to Fredo Corleone, the weak and easy brother of the movie "The Godfather", played by John Cazale.
The host of CNN is the younger brother of Andrew Cuomo, the Democratic governor of New York. The confrontation took place Sunday at a bar on Shelter Island in New York.
“I thought Chris was also Fredo. The truth hurts, ”Trump tweeted. “I lost it completely! Low Ratings @CNN. "
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"No, the idiots on the right call me & # 39; Fredo & # 39; my name is Chris Cuomo. I'm a CNN presenter," Cuomo replied. "& # 39; Fredo & # 39; was from & # 39; The Godfather & # 39 ;. He was a weak brother and they use it as an Italian insult: are any of you Italian? … Is it a great insult to your people? It's an insult to your damn people It's like the word N to us Is it a cool thing?
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After the man said sarcastically: "You are a much more reasonable guy in person than you seem to be on television," Cuomo reacted, "if you want to play, let's play."
"If you have something to say about what I do on television, say so, but you don't have to call me an insult," Cuomo continued.
"Hey man, listen, I don't want any problem," the man, who seems to be holding the camera from below, told Cuomo.
"Well, you're going to have a big problem," Cuomo replied.
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While the president made fun of Cuomo for the confrontation, others have defended him. Fox News & # 39; Sean Hannity tweeted that Cuomo has "zero to apologize."
"I say good for @ChrisCuomo"Hannity wrote." He is with his 9-year-old daughter and his wife, and this guy is being a jerk in front of his family. "
In a statement to Fox News, CNN said it fully supported its primetime presenter.
“Chris Cuomo defended himself when he was verbally attacked with the use of an ethnic insult in an orchestrated setting. We fully support him, ”a CNN spokesman told Fox News.
Later, the president sent another tweet addressed to Cuomo, who recently organized a CNN city council on arms control.
“Would you give Chris Cuomo a Red Flag for his recent speech? Dirty language and total loss of control, ”Trump tweeted. "He must not be allowed to have any weapons. He is crazy!"
Trump reiterated his thoughts when he spoke with reporters later in the day outside Marine One.
“I think what Chris Cuomo did was horrible. His language was horrible, it looked like an animal totally out of control. "
“I think what Chris Cuomo did was horrible. His language was horrible, it looked like an animal totally out of control. He lost it and, frankly, I don't think anyone should defend him because he throws lies every night. I don't know why someone would defend him, "Trump said." Chris Cuomo is out of control. I saw it, I thought it was terrible … you've never seen me do that. "
Trump then said the CNN host was "so out of control" that it's good that he didn't have a gun.
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Cuomo acknowledged that he received some support, but said he should not "add to the ugliness" he opposes.
“I appreciate all the support, but the truth is that it should be better than the boys who bother me. This happens all the time these days. Often in front of my family. But there is a lesson: there is no need to add to ugliness; It should be better than I oppose, ”Cuomo tweeted Tuesday morning.
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Over the years, many people, including CNN personalities, have used the term "Fredo" to make fun of the president's children. Donald Trump Jr. realized the viral video and offered his thoughts on the situation.
"Hears @ChrisCuomoTake it from me, "Fredo" is not the word N for Italians, it just means that you are the dumb brother, "he wrote.
As of Tuesday morning, the viral video had more than 3.4 million views, more than three times the audience that Cuomo normally attracts. During the month of July, "Cuomo Prime Time" averaged 954,000 night viewers.
Cuomo Announced On Monday afternoon, hours before the video went viral, that "Cuomo Prime Time" was paused this week and would air again on August 19.
Ironically, the New York Post discovered an old video in which Cuomo playfully referred to himself as "Fredo" during a 2010 radio interview.
Joseph A. Wulfsohn of Fox News contributed to this report.