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President Trump Weighs In On Chris Cuomo’s ‘Fredo’ Meltdown



On Tuesday morning, President Donald Trump weighed in on CNN host Chris Cuomo’s freakout after a heckler called him the name “Fredo,” a much-used reference from “The Godfather” films.

“I thought Chris was Fredo also,” snarked the president, captioning a video of the incident. “The truth hurts. Totally lost it!”

Trump also took a swing at Cuomo’s network, writing, “Low ratings [CNN].”

About an hour after Trump’s post, the president added in a separate tweet: “Would Chris Cuomo be given a Red Flag for his recent rant? Filthy language and a total loss of control. He shouldn’t be allowed to have any weapon. He’s nuts!”

Trump was referencing proposed “red flag” laws, which would allow law enforcement to temporarily remove guns from people found to be a danger to themselves or to others. While some Republicans support the laws, many have warned that they would violate constitutional due process protections.

In the video, which was seemingly secretly taped without Cuomo’s knowledge, initially, the CNN host is confronting a man for calling him Fredo.

“Punk a** b****es from the Right call me Fredo,” Cuomo told him. “I’m an anchor on CNN. Fredo is from ‘The Godfather,’ he was that weak brother. And they use it as an Italian aspersion. … It’s like the ‘N word’ for us.”

“You call me Fredo, it’s like me calling you a punk b**** — you like that? You want that to be your nickname?” the host continued.

The man then told Cuomo that he thought his name really was Fredo.

“You did not think my name was f***ing Fredo, don’t be a liar,” Cuomo told him. “You wanna be a man, I’m here. Own it. Own what you said.”

“I don’t have a problem with you,” the man said.

“You’re gonna have a f***ing problem,” Cuomo responded. “I’ll fucking ruin your s***. I’ll f***ing throw you down these stairs like a f***ing punk.”

“Please do,” the man answered.

“Why, so you will f***ing sue? So you can f***ing sue?” Cuomo asked, before encouraging the man to “take a f***ing swing.”

“I thought it was your name,” the man said.

“You didn’t know, right?” Cuomo mocked.

After the men were broken up by others intervening, the man taunts Cuomo: “Look at all these cameras, you’re in for it.”

CNN has defended Cuomo following the release of the video. As noted by The Daily Wire Monday night, a top PR official for the network, Matt Dornic, said in a Tweet: “Chris Cuomo defended himself when he was verbally attacked with the use of an ethnic slur in an orchestrated setup. We completely support him.”


A version of this story appears on the Daily Wire website.

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  1. Donna

    August 13, 2019 at 8:47 pm

    Fredo….Every body needs to start calling him Fredo…..he will get use to it ! Cuomo thinks he is a tough, rough, big shot…..he is nothing but a big mouth jackass…and he is an embarrassment to the Italian Americans of this country….and I am one of them !!!

    • chris

      August 13, 2019 at 11:36 pm

      calling him ” Godfather ” might be more of a joke, but also an insult to real Godfathers though.

  2. Grammysam

    August 13, 2019 at 9:17 pm

    I never heard the word fredo used as another term for an Italian (is Cuomo Italian?) All we ever used in the 50’s was wop, then I learned I was a cracker…. LOL… I LIKE crackers! (Ritz was always my favorite)

  3. Zynn

    August 13, 2019 at 9:40 pm

    I’m roman Italian, and not once have I ever heard Fredo be anything other than the character on the Godfather.
    Sure… Red Flag His ass, he was on another show talking about owning guns. Someone with that short of a temper, who would redefine a non-offensive word just to justify a physical altercation with someone who exercised their 1st Amendment right, should probably not own guns. He called him a character in a movie. Sticks and stones…. smh

  4. Dragonfly43

    August 13, 2019 at 11:00 pm

    Cuomo…Forever known as Fredo!

  5. SoCal Lady

    August 14, 2019 at 4:39 am

    Cuomo you just showed your TRUE colors…Soy boy bully!

  6. Madeleine

    August 14, 2019 at 8:02 am

    Point taken 🙂 A Demorat can do and say what he pleases, yet if a Conservative speaks truth, he is “Jailed’ ?

  7. Evangeline

    August 14, 2019 at 12:09 pm

    Another ultra delicate snowflake Dem abusing people and threatening violence.

  8. William Conley

    August 14, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    I wish either of those Cuomo pussies would talk to me like this I’d make him hit me because clearly if you verbally taunt him enough he loses his shit. After he struck me a third time I’d grab his arm and dislocate it at the elbow then proceed to hammer him directly in the mouth with the intention of knocking at least 4 of his front teeth out. Then if they tried to do anything to me I’d state he struck me three times by law I have the right to defend myself, and if asked if I took it too far be like I was concerned for my life after he threatened to toss me down some stairs and ruin my shit in his own words.

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