‘It’s just like the N-word for us’

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‘It’s like the N-word for us’

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CNN anchor Chris Cuomo has been filmed threatening to assault a Trump supporter for calling him “Fredo”, describing the nickname as “just like the N-word” for Italian folks.

Video of the fiery incident between Cuomo, the youthful brother of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, and a blonde-haired man was posted to YouTube by conservative channel That’s the Level with Brandon on Monday night time.

On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump added his voice to the fray:

The channel stated the video had been despatched in by a “fan (who) went to ask Chris Cuomo for a photograph” and that he “legitimately thought his title was Fredo” as a result of he solely knew of him by means of radio host Rush Limbaugh who “repeatedly calls him” by that title.

“At this level Chris Cuomo loses it and threatens the person with violence,” it stated.

Fredo refers to John Cazale’s character from The Godfather movies, the weak and unintelligent older brother of Michael Corleone. Fellow radio host Mark Levin usually refers to Cuomo as “the dumbest of the Cuomos”.

“I assumed that’s who you have been,” the person says to Cuomo.

Cuomo responds, “No, punk-ass b**ches from the proper name me Fredo. My title’s Chris Cuomo, I’m an anchor on CNN. Fredo is from The Godfather, he was that weak brother. They use it as an Italian aspersion. Are you Italian? It’s a f***ing insult to your folks. It’s just like the N-word for us. Is {that a} cool f***ing factor?”

The person tells Cuomo he’s a “far more affordable individual than you appear to be on tv”, prompting Cuomo to threaten him. “If you wish to play then we’ll f***ing play,” he says. “If you happen to’ve acquired one thing you wish to say about what I do on tv then f***ing say it.”

He continues, “You’re going to have an enormous f***ing drawback. It’s somewhat totally different on TV. Don’t f***ing insult me like that. You known as me Fredo, like I name you ‘punk b**ch’. I’ll f***ing smash your s***. I’ll f***ing throw you down these stairs like a f***ing punk.”

The video, which ends with others getting in between the 2 to interrupt up the altercation, went viral on Monday night time. The time period “Fredo” shot to the highest of Twitter traits as debate raged over whether or not it was actually a racial epithet on par with the N-word.

Trump marketing campaign adviser Katrina Pierson wrote, “Did @ChrisCuomo simply say that ‘Fredo’ is to Italians what the N-word is to black folks? The N-word is a dehumanising phrase used towards blacks who endured years of oppression. Fredo is a time period from The Godfather, referring to the dumb brother. Equivocating the 2 is pure racism.”

CNN spokesman Matt Dornic stated the community was standing by its host. “Chris Cuomo defended himself when he was verbally attacked with using an ethnic slur in an orchestrated arrange,” he wrote. “We utterly help him.”

Web customers have been fast to resurface clips of others, together with Donald Trump Jr, being known as “Fredo” on CNN — even by a visitor on Cuomo’s personal present.

“Does CNN’s head of PR nonetheless suppose ‘Fredo’ is an ethnic slur after watching this?” Don Jr wrote. “As a result of if it’s the N-word for Italians like @ChrisCuomo says, I don’t perceive why Chris appears so comfortable with somebody saying it right here. An excuse simply as pretend as his information. #FredoCuomo”.

Many defended Cuomo over the incident, which comes after a lot of high-profile conservatives have been accosted and heckled in eating places, together with former White Home spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Senator Ted Cruz, Division of Homeland Safety secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Fox Information host Tucker Carlson.

“I say good for @ChrisCuomo,” Fox Information host Sean Hannity wrote. “He’s out together with his nine-year-old daughter, and his spouse, and this man is being a jackass in entrance of his household. IMHO Chris Cuomo has zero to apologise for. He deserves the apology.”

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