CNN’s Chris Cuomo Really Took Being Called ‘Fredo’ Personally

Chris Cuomo, a talking head who works for CNN and who happens to be the brother of the current governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, was confronted by an unknown man who started to call him “Fredo,” which was the name of the weak-willed, somewhat dim-witted younger Corleone brother in The Godfather films. Cuomo has been called Fredo before, mainly by conservative radio talk show hosts such as Rush Limbaugh. The confrontation was recorded and posted on a YouTube channel called “That’s the Point with Brandon.”

Needless to say, Cuomo did not take being called that name very well, according to Fox News:

“No, punk-ass b—-es from the right call me ‘Fredo.’ My name is Chris Cuomo. I’m an anchor on CNN. ‘Fredo’ was from ‘The Godfather.’ He was a weak brother and they use that as an Italian slur — are any of you Italian?… It’s a f—ing insult to your people. It’s an insult to your f–kin’ people. It’s like the N-word for us. Is that a cool f—ing thing?”

Cuomo went on to threaten to throw the man down the stairs and otherwise act belligerent at the man who was provoking him. The confrontation seemed to be an attempt to get the CNN anchor to overreact and get it on video. If so, the attempt seemed to have succeeded. The video has gone viral and occupied the top of the Drudge Report page for a while.

The exchange elicited a great deal of mocking from social media. President Trump could not resist the temptation to pile on, tweeting, “I thought Chris was Fredo also. The truth hurts. Totally lost it! Low ratings @CNN.” The president went on to suggest that Cuomo might be subjected to a Red Flag law, the one that allows police to take away a person’s firearms if he or she is judged to be a threat to his or herself or others.

Donald Trump Jr. tweeted that Fredo is not like the “N-word” but rather means that Chris Cuomo is the lesser brother. Trump Jr. Also feigned sympathy. Many enemies of the Trump family called Eric Trump “Fredo” as well.

Some social media wits thought that Cuomo, by blowing up and making threats, more resembled another Corleone brother, Sonny, who was famous for his quick temper. At least one tweeted, “Leave the gun, take the cannoli,” a reference to Sonny’s rather violent ending.

Even so, Cuomo had his defenders. A CNN spokesperson stated, “Chris Cuomo defended himself when he was verbally attacked with the use of an ethnic slur in an orchestrated setup. We completely support him.”

Cuomo got support from an unusual corner, Sean Hannity, who has occasionally mocked him on his Fox News program and his radio show.

“I say good for @ChrisCuomo”

“He’s out with his 9-year-old daughter, and his wife and this guy is being a jackass in front of his family. Imho Chris Cuomo has zero to apologize for. He deserves the apology.”

Many of Hannity’s followers disagreed though. Some commented that Cuomo had used the “F-word” multiple times in front of the aforementioned 9-year old daughter. The consensus among Hannity fans is that not only did the CNN talking head overreact but also behaved hypocritically.

Still, another opinion often expressed was that guy who confronted the cable news talking head is thought to be a jerk too. The confrontation has been compared to incidents in which conservative public figures, such as Sen. Ted Cruz, have been heckled publicly and chased out of restaurants. Such behavior should not be responded to in kind.

Hot Air notes that the incident was embarrassing for Cuomo and the network that he works for. The page’s Ed Morrisey noted that the CNN anchor had every right to be angry about what was clearly an attempt to provoke him and get it on video. Where Cuomo erred was when he launched into an obscenity-laced tirade and threated physical violence against the man who confronted him. CNN should not have “completely” supported him. On the other hand, as Hannity suggested, conservatives, irked as they are about the misbehavior of the mainstream media, some think that they should not have been so enthusiastic in their mockery.

129 thoughts on “CNN’s Chris Cuomo Really Took Being Called ‘Fredo’ Personally

  1. Ethnic slur? Really? Since when was Fredo an ethnic slur? Last I heard Wop was an ethnic slur or Dago. With the Liberals being unhinged last few years, I expect the English Dictionary as a whole will be an ethnic slur to get offended over. They never heard the childhood rhyme Sticks and stones? Maybe if they weren’t so childish and start acting like adults this Nation would be better.

  2. A Democrat idiot, no matter how you look at it. He is a shameless person. To scream like that in front of his daughter is totally ludicrous. Grow up, man!

  3. Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me. He is acting like a spoiled child, and he is language is that of an uneducated person who is unable to use the English language. He needs to grow up and get over himself. What happened to decency. You should be an example to your children not a reactive, oaf who only interest is appearing to make himself something more, bigger and greater than he is capable of.

  4. I though it was cool for the man who did because is a jerk for working for CNN which is a to far left news station that should be taken off the air.

  5. Even though the guy who approached cuomo, didn’t come across with any class, cuomo, being the pig that he always is, started cussing, using foul language IN FRONT OF HIS KID? I’m sorry, but once a pig ALWAYS a pig, even if the pig is famous, and wealthy, HE’S STILL A PIG!

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  6. Fredo is probably rolling over in his grave to be compared to Chris Cuomo. As dumb as he was, he was smarter than to pull a stupid stunt like that in front of his junenile daughter. You should be so proud, Fredo Cuomo!

  7. I am definitely no fan of the Cuomo
    family or the left, however, no one should be verbally or physically attacked. The man was with his child! Granted, Cuomo did overreact. He should have ignored the idiot that called him “Fredo” and just walked away.

  8. So democrats did the same to Republicans. Went so far to run them out of restaurants. Even poured liquid over Charlie Kirk head and not one time did they result to that kind of action toward the democrat. When the democrats ran Sarah Sanders out of the restaurant with her children not once did she act like Chris “Fredo” Cuomo. Which proves him to be a left wing HYPOCRITE.

  9. Horray for Chris/ the words he used may not have been his choice/but neither the punk that confronted him/that was a set up//Those guys knew exactly what they were doing /

  10. Originally the man making the statement in front of his daughter was wrong…inconsiderate of an under age girl, not to mention bringing her Father down in front of her face!! This is a despicable behavior!! However, for a Father to automatically go into a rage in front of his daughter is totally immature, not admissible as a Father figure nor admirable, and probably embarrassing to the child!! Adults need to act as such!! I would have just hurriedly rushed my daughter to safety & privacy as to not be subject her to this heckling!! Chris has a lot of growing up to do & I’m not sure his daughter approves of any of this and his wife may not be so objective to his behavior either!! I know I wouldn’t!

  11. Cuomo is a no-talent host on CNN that would not even be there is it wasn’t for his brother, the Governor.
    “Fredo” is a compliment. Being a host on the “Clinton News Network, the least watched cable news network is no great feat.

    Cuomo should have thanked the gentleman for at least recognizing him.

    I heard his brother pays his salary at CNN so they keep him on the air.

  12. Cuomo has little to complain about. When the shoe is on the other foot, he can’t handle it. Liberals like Maxine Waters call for people to confront republicans and to ‘get in their faces’ at every opportunity. I never once saw CNN object to what she said. Cuomo himself justified the public beating of a Conservative reporter by the radical ANTIFA group by saying the beaten man was a ‘bigot’, so bbeating him was Okay. Seems the ANTIFA bigotry is approved by CNN’s Cuomo.

  13. These trumpets think its ok to insult familie, then they better be ready for an ass whupping. Dont let your mouth write a check that your silly ass can’t cash. Trump and hump should never respond with the negative things out there on them

  14. as an italian american i have to say to fredo go and f your lib self and that goes for pelosi and all of the hollywood actors and actresse s who are a disgrace to every italian in this country.u lib a holes love to call trump names but u cant take it when the shoe is on the other foot f you

  15. If the democrats want to see trumps tax returns than everyone in the government including the Clintons and the Obama’s should be made public. In fact anyone collecting money from the government should have to make them public

  16. another thin skin POS can’t take it, frickin wimp wish the asshole come to the border and smart off we’ll send him and his ass hole camera crew across the Rio Grande in Brownsville we call him a PUTO

  17. The guy may have been a jackass but what was Cuomo acting like in front of his daughter? Cuomo should have been in Raging Bull not The Godfather.

  18. Cuomo owns his problem of ‘being offended’ by name calling. If HE is offended, it’s HIS problem, not the mouthy person’s. It is way past time people started growing a backbone, again, instead of acting like 10 year olds with their feelings hurt. This is one of the things that shape character and teaches tolerance, but the snowflake generation has chosen or has been instructed to complain every time someone calls them a name, resulting in weak minds and no common sense. I am sick n tired of news media playing up to those weak minded humans. They don’t need to be put on a pedestal, they need to learn tolerance, that people are different and that is natural. Pandering to this guy is as bad as making separate toilet facilities for the mentally ill.

  19. I wonder if Chris Cuomo ever criticizes his liberal apparatchiks for criticizing religious people because they don’t believe in killing babies in the womb. Like his father, a Catholic in name only, he supports horrific changes to the very structure upon which this nation was build by the Founders. Just because his father is a big wheel in New York politics doesn’t give him immunity from angry dissidents. I wonder when he last examined his Catholic conscience?

  20. I thought Hannity was being hypocritical in his defense of Fredo. Yes, it’s okay to be upset for the alleged insult, but what did he teach his child? If someone uses a word to insult you, don’t ignore it, or respond with “my name is Chris” but explode in very crude language and serious threats of violence. Wrong. I’m off hannity.

  21. The more this weasel screams the stronger the long term reference of Fredo will be attached to him, like Spartacus was stuck with Booker for life!

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