After a viral video of CNN’s anchor Chris Cuomo surfaced where he lost it with a guy who called him ‘Fredo’ while he was out shopping, I have decided two things. 1) Cuomo was having a bad day and decided to take it out on this guy and 2) he calculatingly pulled this stunt for attention. Boy, did he get it… Chris Cuomo will now forever be known as ‘Fredo Cuomo’. That shouldn’t bother him because at one time he called himself ‘Fredo’ in a radio interview. So, with his logic, he called himself the ‘n-word’. So dumb I can hardly stand it.
‘Fredo’ is used as a reference to the weak middle brother of the Corleone sons in “The Godfather.” It has nothing to do with race. Chris Cuomo is the younger brother of Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. After Cuomo went beast mode on this guy, CNN ran to his defense, agreeing that ‘Fredo’ is an “ethnic slur,” prompting a slew of posts online reminding CNN of the many times the “ethnic slur” has been used on the network without so much as a whisper over it.
“No, punk-ass b—es from the right call me ‘Fredo.’ My name is Chris Cuomo. I’m an anchor on CNN,” Cuomo said. “‘Fredo’ was from ‘The Godfather.’ He was a weak brother and they use that as an Italian slur—are any of you Italian? … It’s a f—ing insult to your people. It’s an insult to your f—kin’ people. It’s like the N-word for us. Is that a cool f—ing thing?”
The viral video is entitled: “That’s the Point with Brandon.” In it, Cuomo threatens to “f***in ruin your sh**” and “f***ing throw you down the stairs” for calling him by what he claims is the Italian “N-word.” And, oh, so much more. That was when CNN’s top public relations official Matt Dornic tweeted in response that the network “completely” supports Cuomo and agreed that he was called an “ethnic slur.” “Chris Cuomo defended himself when he was verbally attacked with the use of an ethnic slur in an orchestrated setup,” wrote CNN’s Matt Dornic. “We completely support him.” He went on to basically call Eric Trump ‘Fredo’.
CNN legal analyst Elie Honig agreed with Dornic’s condemnation of “Fredo” as an ethnic slur. “Somebody threw an ethnic slur at @ChrisCuomo,” tweeted Honig. “I defend every damn word he says here.” Well, of course you do. Self-awareness is not their strong suit.
Chris Cuomo defended himself when he was verbally attacked with the use of an ethnic slur in an orchestrated setup. We completely support him.
— Matt Dornic (@mdornic) August 13, 2019
Dornic’s tweet has garnered even more backlash for CNN in all of this. That so-called “ethnic slur” has been repeated and often on that network. “Devin Nunes was referred to as ‘Fredo’ on CNN in March. CNN’s David Gregory compared @DonaldJTrumpJr to ‘Fredo’ in February. And in January, CNN’s Ana Navarro referred to @DonaldJTrumpJr as ‘Fredo’…to Cuomo on his own show,” noted Sean Davis. I’m sure there were many more instances of this as well.
From The Daily Wire:
“On Cuomo’s show, CNN political commentator Ana Navarro slammed Donald Trump Jr. as an “entitled, rich, spoiled little brat whose only call to fame is being his daddy’s son,” and said that “daddy kept Fredo back home.”
Somebody threw an ethnic slur at @ChrisCuomo. I defend every damn word he says here.
— Elie Honig (@eliehonig) August 13, 2019
“Among those who have called out CNN for its glaring double standard was Donald Trump Jr. himself: “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,” he tweeted. “An excuse just as fake as his news.”
“Others noted that Chris Matthews used the supposed “ethnic slur” — likewise in reference to Trump’s son — over at MSNBC:
“President Trump has since weighed in on the controversy, working in a reference to “red flag” laws in the process. “Would Chris Cuomo be given a Red Flag for his recent rant?” he tweeted Tuesday. “Filthy language and a total loss of control. He shouldn’t be allowed to have any weapon. He’s nuts!”
Devin Nunes was referred to as “Fredo” on CNN in March. CNN’s David Gregory compared @DonaldJTrumpJr to “Fredo” in February. And in January, CNN’s Ana Navarro referred to @DonaldJTrumpJr as “Fredo”…to Cuomo on his own show. https://t.co/jXCUfFkYvs
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) August 13, 2019
“Update: The New York Post noted Tuesday that Cuomo has actually referred to himself as Fredo in an interview back in 2010:
“Cuomo was interviewed by Curtis Sliwa on his AM 970 radio show in January 2010 about whether his brother Andrew might seek the Democratic nomination for governor.
“Sliwa said he dubbed the Cuomo family “la Cuomo Nostra.”
“There is a group of people — politicos — who always hint they might run, but not necessarily plunge all the way, and they are members of la Cuomo.”
“Who am I, then, Fredo?” Cuomo asked in response.”
.@ananavarro slams Don Jr. for likening border wall to zoo fence: He's an "entitled, rich, spoiled little brat whose only call to fame is being his daddy's son."
"[D]addy kept Fredo back home…Who cares what [he] says. I don't want to talk about that entitled little brat." pic.twitter.com/zpTtp8ZfAd
— Cuomo Prime Time (@CuomoPrimeTime) January 10, 2019
“CNN’s viewpoint that “Fredo” is an ethnic slur can be viewed as hypocritical since employees of the network have used the term over the years. CNN host Jake Tapper has drawn cartoons referencing others using the “Fredo” insult, and commentators Ana Navarro and Rick Wilson referred to Donald Trump Jr. and Rep. Devin Nunes (R., Calif.) by the moniker. Several other guests have also used the term, to no objection to anyone on the air.
“CNN also published articles in which the “ethnic slur” was used.
— Yossi Gestetner (@YossiGestetner) August 13, 2019
“If Stone and Bannon turn into the 2019 version of Fredo Corleone, the president will face a tough road ahead,” CNN legal analyst Paul Callan wrote in January 2019.
“Bachmann? If there was a mob character she resembled tonight it was Fredo from ‘The Godfather.’ If she raised her hand one more time to get noticed, Anderson Cooper was going to send her out on a fishing boat,” Roland Martin wrote in October 2011.”
Gee… Cuomo and CNN didn’t have a problem with it then but they do now. Cuomo only blew up over it when he had a chance to be on video and make a scene surrounded by buff bodyguards, I might add. Go figure. What a bunch of hypocrites. This is CNN. #FredoCuomo
Video: Someone tell Chris Cuomo that Chris Matthews needs to be thrown down some stairs for saying the Italian-American version of the n-word because, on April 9, Matthews told @JoaquinCastroTX that @DonaldJTrumpJr is the "Fredo-like son" of the First Family pic.twitter.com/aoGS7wSR5B
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) August 13, 2019
Speaking of dumb brothers…. cc: @EricTrump
— Matt Dornic (@mdornic) August 13, 2019
Appreciate all the support but – truth is I should be better than the guys baiting me. This happens all the time these days. Often in front of my family. But there is a lesson: no need to add to the ugliness; I should be better than what I oppose.
— Christopher C. Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) August 13, 2019
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