President Trump on Tuesday suggested a “red flag” for Chris Cuomo — putting him on a list of people not allowed to own guns — after the CNN host was shown confronting a stranger in a profanity-laced viral video.
“Would Chris Cuomo be given a Red Flag for his recent rant?” the president tweeted. “Filthy language and a total loss of control. He shouldn’t be allowed to have any weapon. He’s nuts!”
In the video, which was posted to YouTube Monday by conservative media personality Brandon Straka, Cuomo is seen threatening an unidentified man who had called him “Fredo,” a reference to the hapless character Fredo Corleone in the 1972 film “The Godfather.”
Chris Cuomo’s elder brother, Andrew, is governor of New York state.
Cuomo later tweeted an apology, saying, “I should be better than the guys baiting me.”
According to Straka, the man who insulted Cuomo was a Trump supporter. Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh has used the dismissive nickname for Cuomo in the past.
“Punk ass bitches from the right call me ‘Fredo.’ My name is Chris Cuomo. I’m an anchor on CNN,” he said. “Fredo is from ‘The Godfather.’ He was a weak brother.”
Cuomo, an Italian-American, described the word as a racial slur comparable to the N-word.
“It’s a f***ing insult to your people,” he said. “It’s like the N-word for us.”
The man told Cuomo he is a “much more reasonable guy than you seem to be on television.”
“You want to play, then we’ll f***in’ play,” he said. “I’ll f***ing ruin your s***. I’ll f***ing throw you down these stairs like a f***ing punk … you’re gonna call me Fredo, take a f***ing swing.”
“I thought it was your name,” the man said.
Several people stepped in between the men, and no punches were thrown.
A spokesman for the cable network defended Cuomo.
“Chris Cuomo defended himself when he was verbally attacked with the use of an ethnic slur,” CNN vice president of communications Matt Dornic tweeted. “We completely support him.”
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