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Sean Hannity Comes To Defense Of Chris Cuomo: ‘He Deserves The Apology’



On Monday evening, Fox News host Sean Hannity defended CNN’s Chris Cuomo for losing his cool and threatening violence against a heckler in public while he was accompanied by his family.

“I say good for [Chris Cuomo],” Hannity captioned a video of the incident. “He’s out with his 9 year old daughter, and his wife, and this guy is being a jacka** in front of his family.”

“[In my opinion] Chris Cuomo has zero to apologize for,” the Fox host added. “He deserves the apology.”

In the leaked video, Cuomo confronted a man for calling him the name “Fredo,” a reference from “The Godfather” films. The CNN host threatened to throw the man down some stairs and told him calling an Italian the name Fredo was like calling a black person the N-word.

Here’s partial transcript from the interaction, as previously reported by The Daily Wire:

“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.”

President Donald Trump was not as generous to Cuomo as Hannity was.

“I thought Chris was Fredo also. The truth hurts. Totally lost it!” Trump posted on Twitter on Tuesday morning.

“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!” the president posted in a separate tweet, referencing proposed so-called “red flag” laws.

Later on Tuesday, Trump retweeted a GIF of the famous scene wherein Fredo complains to his brother, Michael, that he was passed over by their father, tells him he’s smart and wants respect. The GIF was tweeted out by popular right-wing Twitter account “Comfortably Smug” as a reply to Cuomo’s apology.

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

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  1. Stephen Russell

    August 14, 2019 at 1:23 am

    Hey Hannity they do same to US & they get off scot free, I say its harrassement & giving them a taste what they do to we Voters etc. Make =

  2. joe ferra

    August 14, 2019 at 2:11 am

    What, Cuomo is a vulgar slob. He deserves to be fired and taken off the air. You, Hannity, are a disappointment. So the guy thought Cuomo’s name was Fredo what the hell is the big deal. It is not a slur on Italians, and I am one.

  3. Evangeline

    August 14, 2019 at 11:50 am

    Sean – I usually agree with you but not here. If a married man is tempted to have sex with another woman and does it, does the fact he was enticed make him innocent? Same here. Cuomo was provoked but only slightly and that DOESN’T EXCUSE HIS HORRENDOUS BEHAVIOR. He embarrassed his own family with his verbally abusive melt down, not caring that his own kids were watching his aggressive borderline violent behavior that I’m sure he wouldn’t have tolerated from his kids if they had done the same.

  4. Larry

    August 14, 2019 at 12:10 pm

    Sorry Sean, I can’t go along with you on this one. Fredo pushes all sorts of nonsense on the public and he should not feel he can do this without consequence.

  5. Mother of three boys

    August 14, 2019 at 12:48 pm

    What Cuomo said was far more offensive than what was said to him. If you are talking about “in front of his family”, what he said was far more embarrassing to his family.

  6. annie

    August 14, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    Boy this time Hannity you are so wrong Cuomo used very sickening language in front of his family and anyone around him over a pure mistake a man made calling him Fredo. He does not need an apology from the guy . He is the one with the foul big mouth on this one . You disappoint me Hannity for taking Cuomo’s side for he was wrong period !

  7. FEDUP365

    August 14, 2019 at 1:39 pm

    Sorry Sean but I disagree with you. The demoncraptic socialists know NO BOUNDS so we aren’t allowed to let them taste their own medicine? Fredo sits up on his podium there at the communist news network and spews his hate and vile discontent all day long towards the President and the Deplorable’s and we are to just leave him be. I’d throw that little bastard down the stairs just for threatening me.

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