CNN's Chris Cuomo gets into a shouting match with a man who called him 'Fredo'

Chris Cuomo

  • A verbal confrontation between CNN host Chris Cuomo and
    an alleged heckler was filmed and shared across right-wing circles
    on Monday.
  • The video was uploaded to YouTube by a right-wing
    vlogger and shows Cuomo calling an alleged heckler a “punk,” after
    he called him “Fredo.”
  • The right-wing vlogger’s YouTube channel, which includes
    numerous videos of violent confrontations with sensational
    headlines, almost exclusively depicts Democrats in a negative
    light.
  • Cuomo’s weeknight program “Cuomo Prime Time” did not
    air on Monday evening. A CNN spokesperson told INSIDER that Cuomo
    was on a pre-scheduled break and that the company would support
    him.
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A verbal confrontation between CNN host Chris Cuomo and an
alleged heckler was
filmed
and shared across right-wing circles on Monday.

The video was uploaded to YouTube by a right-wing vlogger and
shows Cuomo calling the alleged heckler a “punk.” Cuomo threatens
to throw him down the stairs for allegedly calling him “Fredo.”

Cuomo, who is of Italian heritage, characterized the name as an
“aspersion” and said it was a disparaging term for people of
Italian descent. The term is in reference to Fredo Corleone, a
character who betrays one of the leading characters in the
“Godfather” movie series.

“It’s a f—— insult to your people,” Cuomo said. “It’s like
the ‘N-word’ for us.”

“Don’t f—— insult me like that,” Cuomo later added.

The man responding to Cuomo claimed he “thought it was your
name.”

Chris Cuomo of CNN tried to fight someone
who called him “Fredo” and said that word is “like the n-word” for
Italianspic.twitter.com/pZdyElz7MN

— jordan (@JordanUhl)
August 13, 2019

 

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The vlogger claimed the video was sent by “a fan of news,” who
claimed to only know Cuomo by “Fredo” after references by
conservative talk-show host Rush Limbaugh’s show. Limbaugh
frequently
disparages Cuomo and calls him “Fredo” on his radio
show.

The video was uploaded by the right-wing YouTube channel “THAT’S
THE POINT with Brandon,” which describes itself as bringing “Honest
True opinions.” The channel uploads numerous videos of violent
confrontations with sensational headlines, almost exclusively
depicting Democrats in a negative light.

Cuomo’s weeknight program “Cuomo Prime Time” did not air on
Monday evening. A CNN spokesperson told Business Insider that Cuomo
was on a pre-scheduled break and that the company would support
him.

“Chris Cuomo defended himself when he was verbally attacked with
the use of an ethnic slur in an orchestrated setup,” a CNN
spokesperson said in a statement. “We completely support him.”

Following the release of the video, Cuomo was
called out on Twitter
for comparing “Fredo” to the “N-word.”
Conservative political figures, including Trump Organization
executive Donald Trump Jr., noted on social media that Cuomo did
not previously scrutinize the term on his own show.

Earlier this year, CNN contributor Ana Navarro-Cárdenas likened
Trump Jr. to “Fredo” and did not receive an immediate rebuttal from
Cuomo.

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

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CNN's Chris Cuomo gets into a shouting match with a man who called him 'Fredo'