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Hannity Defends Chris Cuomo After He's Filmed Threatening Heckler Over 'F*cking Insult'

Hannity Defends Chris Cuomo After He's Filmed Threatening Heckler Over 'F*cking Insult'”

Matt covered CNN's Chris Cuomo's apoplectic meltdown caught on video after some Long Island bro in a v-neck and aviators called him "Fredo".

"This happens all the time these days", he added. "I don't support harassment of any public figure, especially in front of their children, and their family and their wife".

CNN anchor Chris Cuomo on Tuesday told his Twitter followers he "should be better than the guys baiting me" after a viral video hit social media Monday night showing Cuomo in an expletive-filled rant threatening violence toward a man who called him "Fredo" - a reference to the weak brother portrayed in the gangster epics "The Godfather" and "The Godfather II".

Many defended Cuomo over the incident, which comes after a number of high-profile conservatives have been accosted and heckled in restaurants, including former White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Senator Ted Cruz, Department of Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Fox News host Tucker Carlson. Cuomo was particularly put off by the name and the underlying meaning of being called that.

In The Godfather Part II, Fredo's presumed weakness only continues to flourish when he collaborates with rival mobsters to orchestrate Michael's assassination. "And they're using it as an Italian aspersion".

"We're gonna have a f*ckin problem", Cuomo said to the man who allegedly had asked to take a picture with him. "I'll f***in' throw you down these stairs".

"Calling an Italian man Fredo perpetuates cruel, unfair stereotypes, and if you ever do it my cousins and I will show up to your house in track suits and smash your auto windows", CJ Ciaramella, criminal justice reporter for Reason, joked. "It's an insult to your people ..."

Political commentator Wayne Dupree tweeted: "Chris Cuomo claimed calling him FREDO was like calling blacks the n-word 1". He continued, "It's like the n-word for us".

In fact, as pointed out Donald Trump, Jr. himself, the elder Trump son was one time was called "Fredo" by a CNN guest.on Cuomo's show.with no correction from Cuomo.

One post included a scene from "The Godfather" with Cuomo's head superimposed over that of Fredo Corleone, the neglected middle brother of the Mafia dynasty. President Donald Trump tweeted, "I thought Chris was Fredo also".

Cuomo, an Italian-American, described the word as a racial slur comparable to the N-word.

"You can't constantly be playing this tough guy role", he said.

"It's an insult to your f-- people", Cuomo says in the video, after asking the man's group if any of them were also Italian.

CNN has Cuomo's back, by the way. "He deserves the apology", the Hannity host tweeted. "Low ratings CNN", in response to the video. But, that doesn't mean Cuomo's reaction is the kind of behavior that an global news organization like CNN should be condoning.



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