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CNN’s Chris Cuomo Loses it When Guy Calls Him “Fredo” and the Internet is Divided on Whether His Response Was Justified

CNN’s Chris Cuomo Loses it When Guy Calls Him “Fredo” and the Internet is Divided on Whether His Response Was Justified

“I’ll f*ckin ruin your sh*t. I’ll f*cking throw you down these stairs.”

Sunday, a man approached CNN’s Chris Cuomo referring to him as “Fredo” and asked him for a photograph. Cuomo was out with his family. Cuomo seemed to take great offense at the “Fredo” remark and proceeded to rip the guy a new one.


The video was filmed and sent to a YouTube program called “That’s The Point With Brandon” who published it. According to the original video, the description is as follows:

Footage sent in by a TTP fan. A fan of news went to ask Chris Cuomo for a photo, mind you the man who asked him DID NOT know his real name and knows of him only through The RUSH LIMBUAGH [sic] SHOW and on that show Rush repeatedly calls him “FREDO” so the man legitimately thought his name was FREDO. At this point CHRIS CUOMO LOSES IT AND THREATENS THE MAN WITH VIOLENCE!

And now the internet is split. The whole thing looks an awful lot like a “gotcha” journalism set up, which is the worst of the worst in the world of journalism, but it could’ve been innocent enough. In any case, opinion is completely split as to whether Cuomo’s response was justified, being that he was out with his family, minding his own business when he was insulted by some rando dude or whether he was completely off his rocker.

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From the Cuomo Was Justified Crowd:

Or Maybe Cuomo Overreacted, By A Lot


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DouglasJBender | August 13, 2019 at 9:08 am

“Silence!! I keel you!!”

    NGAREADER in reply to DouglasJBender. | August 13, 2019 at 1:05 pm

    Just trying to boost their crappy ratings.
    He’s getting more attention today than he has in years.
    You can’t buy this much publicity, and it’s free.

      notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to NGAREADER. | August 13, 2019 at 5:09 pm

      CNN’s Chris Cuomo should not be on the air.

      CNN’s Chris Cuomo should be in an isolation cell methinks.

      I hear there is an empty one at New York’s MCC……….

    DouglasJBender in reply to DouglasJBender. | August 13, 2019 at 11:26 pm

    Is it okay if I upvote myself? I really liked that post of mine.

Cuomo’s response was justified, being that he was out with his family, minding his own business when he was insulted by some rando dude

As I recall, that’s exactly what Mad Maxine said one is supposed to do—confrontation and harassment, drive them out of restaurants, harangue them on airplanes, blah blah.

I’m not saying I approve, just noting that the battlefield has already been selected, and both sides pretty much have to fight it out there.

    Daiwa in reply to tom_swift. | August 13, 2019 at 11:26 am

    “A man” was a putz for confronting Fredo while out with his family.

    Fredo was a putz for getting bent & thuggy, especially in front of his family.

    Though I don’t approve of it, I have little sympathy for libs when the tables are turned on them.

    artichoke in reply to tom_swift. | August 14, 2019 at 8:35 am

    But in this case it’s the same side, CNN and Mad Maxine.

“I’ll ruin your shit” said Fredo in front of his 9 year old.

Wait, isn’t that a gay slur?

This is an easy one. Cuomo was correct to take it as an insult. He lied when he called it an ethnic slur.

Chris Cuomo is almost as vile a creature as his brother, Prince Andy. He deserves every bit of contempt that is directed at him. But it’s still rude. The guy shouldn’t have been rude to him, especially in front of his kid.

OTOH, it was absolutely hilarious!

    Neo in reply to irv. | August 13, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    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.

    “Yes, exactly,” Sliwa said. “So you better be careful that your brother Andrew doesn’t kiss you on both cheeks and then all of a sudden they take you out on the middle of the lake and where’s Chris?”

    “He kisses me plenty because he’s a great big brother,” Cuomo said.

    artichoke in reply to irv. | August 14, 2019 at 8:47 am

    When will someone call Gov. Cuomo “Michael”?

When was “dago” retired?

    MajorWood in reply to fscarn. | August 13, 2019 at 9:48 am

    Rainman would work for me.

    walls in reply to fscarn. | August 13, 2019 at 10:25 am

    Dago? I’m still thinking wop:). [I’m old …]

    pfg in reply to fscarn. | August 13, 2019 at 10:45 am

    Reminds me of an old joke (likely from the ’60s, well before the PC-era intensified), of a tire salesman pushing one of the tire brands carried by the retailer,

    “Yeah, we really like these Italian racing tires…. dago smooth and dago fast, but when dago flat, dago ‘whop, whop, whop.'”

      CDR D in reply to pfg. | August 13, 2019 at 11:08 am

      Don’t forget the one about “how can you tell if a helicopter belongs to the Italian air force?” “The little blade goes ‘guinea-guinea-guinea’ while the big one goes ‘wop-wop-wop’.”

        MajorWood in reply to CDR D. | August 13, 2019 at 11:52 am

        I remember from the early 70’s when big black Cadillacs were called Guinea Gunboats right after The Godfather came out.

        The definitive source of course is The Urban Dictionary.

        I have a 10 yo text document from somewhere titled “racist term origins.” It is amazing in both the length (24 pages, single space) and the creative rationale used to define a term based mostly on commonly observed stereotypes. It is about twice as long as the wiki collection of ethnic slurs. Take “Baboombas” for example. If you get it, you are a racist. 😉

        I don find it ironic that we are supposed to celebrate our differences, yet acknowledging a difference makes us a racist. Almost makes one just no longer care, almost.

    Eddie Baby in reply to fscarn. | August 13, 2019 at 1:05 pm

    It still works if the guy was trying to insult Cuomo’s ethnicity rather than his intelligence. Unfortunately Fredo Cuomo is too stupid to realize that.

    Disco Stu_ in reply to fscarn. | August 13, 2019 at 1:36 pm

    Brings to mind another memorable scene from The Godfather –

    Tom Hagen: Absolutely not. I’ve come to ask a service for a friend…

    Jack Woltz: Now you listen to me, you smooth-talking son-of-a-bitch, let me lay it on the line for you and your boss, whoever he is! Johnny Fontane will never get that movie! I don’t care how many dago guinea wop greaseball goombahs come out of the woodwork!

    Tom Hagen: I’m German-Irish.

    Jack Woltz: Well, let me tell you something, my kraut-mick friend, I’m gonna make so much trouble for you, you won’t know what hit you!

Red Flag for Fredo! No guns for you you insane white domestic terrorist!

    PrincetonAl in reply to Pasadena Phil. | August 13, 2019 at 9:56 am

    Big red flag – Words are violence! All my leftist friends tell me so !

    … remember how CNN came down hard on the nasty leftists that harassed all the MAGA people in restaurants?

    Yeah, me neither. Make them live by their own rules.

    Alinsky them.

    he doesn’t need guns, CNN probably has a security detail for him that have guns

What a maroon.

Paul In Sweden | August 13, 2019 at 10:06 am

Chris Cuomo will always be the younger of two retarded sons of Gov. Mario Cuomo. Mario Cuomo, a Gov. that made us long for that idiot Gov. Carey…

To date, I haven’t seen anybody name the originator of the “Fredo” moniker for Cuomo – but I’m sure he’ll (the originator) take care of that on his show today. I think that specific had a lot to do with Fredo’s reaction.

Chris’ Fredo to Andrew’s Mike with a Sonny-like reaction. Yeah, pretty much.

Fredo and friends have declared that nothing is out of bounds in their war on Americans. So be it. Those are the new rules.

Just because the guy was rude for calling him Fredo, Fredo shouldn’t have over-reacted like that in front of his family. I get it. It’s tough doing live remotes and all you ever hear is “CNN sucks! CNN sucks!”

Methinks Fredo protestith too much.

    Tom Servo in reply to Redneck Law. | August 13, 2019 at 10:32 am

    Trump has already tweeted: TRUTH HURTS!

    thanks to Fredo’s outburst, EVERYBODY will now call him Fredo for the rest of his life! LOL

    (you should have ignored it or laughed it off, you thin skinned Fredo)

    MajorWood in reply to Redneck Law. | August 13, 2019 at 12:01 pm

    Oh, just SO many Fredo references available for future use. I think his days of “live remotes” are over.

Triggered by a microaggression!
This is what happens when lefties leave their safe spaces.
“Fredo” and the “This is an Apple” network host goes bananas. BANANAS! BANANAS! BANANAS!

Cruz, McConnell, Justice Kavanaugh, Carlson all had violent mobs show up or mobs hassle them at restaurants, and as someone pointed out, Maxine Waters called for not merely using a word for “the dimmest bulb in the pack”, but to make sure they can’t have a peaceful dinner or even be out in public.

Cuomo fought back, but did so in a way that did more damage to him than to the accuser. Gotcha journalism?

The way to fight it would have been with clear and reasoned responses that the right tends to use, so that is why the left argues with eggs, rocks, locks in socks, and milkshakes.

Instead Cuomo had an emotional meltdown and went crazy, and I think I understand – projection – why they fear guns.

Wow…I didn’t realize C Cuomo was SUCH A BADD AZZZ !!!!!!

I’m confused….Cuomo is with his 9 yr old daughter but he’s the one dropping F-Bombs allover the place..????

For those of you who do not know….This is how East Coast Italians fight….They do A LOT of boasting/threatening, usually someone breaks it up before any actual fighting starts…!

You can tell the kid who’s aggravating Cuomo doesn’t want this to get physical…Cuomo knows it too…

Oh…and by the way…Sean Hannity SUCKS…!!!!
He’s the male version of Kamala Harris…He NEVER stops talking…!!!!! Hate his interview style…

    amatuerwrangler in reply to tgrondo. | August 13, 2019 at 10:52 am

    Agree on Hannity. I tried to watch that interview with DeBased the other night and after about 5 minutes of Hannity not allowing him to complete a single sentence with out interrupting, I turned it off.

    Sean has not, after all these years, learned that the key is to just letting the lefties talk, just give them more rope if they ask for it, the hanging will happen soon enough.

    hrhdhd in reply to tgrondo. | August 13, 2019 at 10:55 am

    Hannity is unwatchable.

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to tgrondo. | August 13, 2019 at 11:23 am

    Sean’s “motor-mouth” bit, along with the interrupting, was inherited from Bill O’Reilly.

    WestRock in reply to tgrondo. | August 13, 2019 at 11:29 am

    So happy someone brought up Hannity. At the beginning of the summer I started to ask myself how I could have ever watched him in the past. Now 5 seconds of him is 5 seconds too much.

    Fredo. Not only the Cuomo family’s Fredo but the MSM’s Fredo.

I get that Cuomo is upset and that he called that an ethnic slur….but then, WHY didin’t he call out Ana Navarro, Rick Wilson, or David Gregory when THEY used that word to describe DJT Jr, or Devin Nunes on CNN??? (Ana Navarro said it on HIS show!!) Spare me the outrage.

Nither my children or grandchildren have ever heard me curse. Very low class to drop F-bombs in front of your daughter.

No one expects the Fredo inquisition.

Pillage Idiot | August 13, 2019 at 10:39 am

CNN is supporting Cuomo’s violent threats by asserting that “Fredo” is a grievous ethnic slur.

The internet sleuths have already found three instances where CNN hosts or guests used that same “ethnic slur” against right-wingers.

Hopefully Twitter will block all of the CNN accounts since the network traffics in hate speech (by CNN’s very own definition).

What a drama queen. He certainly lives up to his nickname, and now they’re calling ‘Fredo’ an ethnic slur? These people are insane.

Would have been better to just keep walking with the wife and child there. First thought should be to get them to safety.

Many steroid abusers have quick tempers. Just sayin…

    Valerie in reply to RITaxpayer. | August 13, 2019 at 12:11 pm

    Looks like it could be something else, too: cocaine? Or is it just fear of being exposed via the Epstein connection? He may be feeling a lot of heat.

Coumo is public figure working for a network that daily casts aspersions towards others by commentators or guests. What culture does he have hinks he lives in? My guess is that he knows he’s the dumb brother and the remark to close to home

I’m smart. Not like everybody says, like dumb. I’m smart and I want respect!

To me the key part of this whole episode wasn’t covered here. Cuomo went on to equate “Fredo” (to Italians) and the N word (for African Americans). “Its like the N word for us” is the direct quote.

Thats quite a stretch. The Godfather was released in 1972 and, even with its immense popularity, I dare say a good portion of the public probably has no idea of the origin of the “Fredo” reference. Certainly none of my kids would get it but there in no one alive and over the age of 6 who doesn’t understand the meaning of the N word and its significance as a symbol of hate for generations.

Equating the two would be grounds for protests and pitchforks if it were done by anyone affiliated with Trump but will Cuomo get a pass? (of course he will)

No one ever called me ‘Fredo’. It was always ‘guinea’ or ‘wop’, or ‘guinea-wop’, sometimes ‘dago’.

    bobtuba in reply to CDR D. | August 13, 2019 at 11:26 am

    I guess all of those allegedly insulting terms are a little dated now. Haven’t heard any used in a long, long time. However, the cheap Sardinian wine we used to drink when on detachment down in Decimomannu was either called “Vino Collapso” or… “Dago Red.”

BiteYourTongue | August 13, 2019 at 11:38 am

Well Cuoma, certainly displays a lot of Fredo’s character traits. Easy mistake. Hardly a ethnic slur, now if the guy had called him a WOP, I would of considered that a ethnic slur.

“I’ll f*cking throw you down these stairs.”

This could just be a misunderstanding. I grew up in a French Canadian neighborhood in NH where French was the first language for many. Lots of quirky expressions that don’t parse. One was “While you’re up there, throw me down the stairs my hat!”. Maybe Fredo was just offering to toss the man’s hat to him? I could be wrong.

When you lose a sense (like sight), your other senses become more finely attuned to compensate.

That explains why those who have lost their sense of humor have an extremely heightened sense of self importance.

I watched the original clip without the commentary, first. The name “Fredo,” which was unfamiliar to me, was clearly used as a mild taunt that provoked an over-the-top reaction from Cuomo.

Cuomo could have shut it down with a calmly, and walked away. He would have come off much better if he’d done that. Instead, the presence of his wife and daughter was insufficient to restrain him from a vulgar exhibition.

Later I found out that this in an insult Cuomo has allowed to be deployed against the Trump sons on national TV, because one of the Trump sons republished the video. Cuomo was not the least bit upset by the use of that word against somebody else.

Turnabout is fair play. Cuomo deserves all the derision he is getting, because he dishes it out, but can’t take it.

Frankly, I have always thought of most of these ethnic slurs as just words. So what.

My past includes having taught at a rough high school. Not too rough as lots of fights started outside the main office. They didn’t last long. What a poser, in front of family with people around to stop things. Cuomo was overly aggressive in his response. If his daddy hadn’t been governor he would be Assistant manager at a used and discount tire shop.

Actually, Fredo had some class and sophistication by comparison with this trivial fool of the Cuomo clan. Maybe he’ll get lucky and marry into the Kennedy line and start a whole new class of putrid degradation of humanity.

Laser pointer warning! Cats incoming!

Trump 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!

Cops are called worse everyday.

Just paint a red nose on that clown Fredo.

Fredo looks like he takes a coke bump every time he gets a moment alone, and he got a taste of his own medicine (and a light dose at that).

TDS and Steroid Rage are a bad combo.

Very dumb response. Now every place he appears someone will call him Fredo. It’s sort of the celebrity form of slashdotting.

Cuomo gets called Fredo.
Responds by acting *exactly* like Fredo.
Liberals line up to defend the poor cursing thing.

He obviously mistook being profane for being profound.

Two things:
1- That was totally unjustified and if he was a Conservative he would be out of a job for it.
2- He just made “Fredo” his permanent name.

Poor little Chrissy. I’m sorry, but his reaction, while normal for this below room temperature IQ moron, was well over the top.

Fredo is not an ethnic slur. It does hit the little Chrissy hard as the Cuomos have been well connected to “the family”… it is one of the main reasons Sr. didn’t run for President, too many skeletons in his closet. So while Fredo isn’t an ethnic slur, it is something that hits little Chrissy a little too close to the truth for it to be comfortable. The two brothers have tried to distance themselves from their “family” past, and having it brought up like this little Chrissy ended up acting like a wiseguy. He thinks he’s tough because his family name and connections got him his gig at CNN. It certainly isn’t his intellect, as Chrissy is the dumber one.

Being a public figure, and given the crap he has talked about on his show, he should have kept his mouth shut, ignoring it, you know, acting like a mature man instead of some HS bully.

Little Chrissy now will wear the moniker of Fredo, his over the top reaction make it so. Though Chrissy also strikes me as the immature Pauly as well.

Frezz in the hizzy | August 13, 2019 at 9:18 pm

“I never noticed the size of my feet, until I kicked you in the shins” – The Police.

Fredo, you dish it out by the bucketful every night, but you can’t take it, can you, tough guy? You’re a clown and now everybody can see.

    How long will it be until some conservative he’s trying to abuse on the air calls him Fredo? Will he be able to restrain himself long enough for someone to cut to commercial break?

He acts like a guy in the middle of a roid rage. No person under their faculties drops language like that in a public environment especially with family around. I hope he hasn’t struck his anger toward his wife or family.

Large Red Flag for this news excreter. Someone, adjust his meds!

The Left – Trump supporters are racist scum! Dox them, harass them, do whatever you can to make their lip lives miserable.
Man call Chris Cuomo “Fredo”

Stephen Miller is the best!

Chris Cuomo “I’ll f*ckin ruin your sh*t. I’ll f*cking throw you down these stairs.”

Chris Cuomo just proved what is wrong with Red Flag/GVRO’s .

Public figures gotta be prepared for heckling of any kind….it comes with the territory. Personally, I don’t think any public figure should be subjected to insults or even autograph seeking while they are “just out”, however, we live in an imperfect world. Look at all the republicans that have been subjected to far worse and yet they have conducted themselves far better.

The proper thing for Cuomo to do would be to walk away silently… a public figure, you can never let the public know that a nickname gets to you. The public are sharks, and anger toward a name is blood in the water.

To me, it appears that Cuomo has been able to live his entire life as the guy who gets to give nicknames to people, disparage them privately and publicly, and have a condescending smirk while doing it. He’s never been on the receiving end…NO ONE DOES THIS TO ME!!!!

Chris has now cemented the nickname forever. He can join Chris Matthews forever being mad about people asking if he still has the Obama tingle going up his leg, and also David Brooks being mad that people ask if he’s still impressed by Obama’s crease in his pants. The media bully elites are now being bullied. Hard to feel sorry for them.

Would it be rude to start a letter writing campaign? Something simple, like
“Hey Fredo. I like your body of work. Not every son of a large state governor has done as well as you. You should be proud of your accomplishments. I’m sure your dad would be.”
Swamp CNN. They are humorless and won’t know how to respond.

Had to fix it. Autofill wanted “sin” where I had “son”. In his case, same diff.

I’m afraid now to go to an Italian restaurant and order Alfredo

Way to end those foolish old associations between Italian Americans and mob violence.

Why didn’t he threaten to kneecap the guy while he was at it?

I want to know where the stairs are?

Between being the least successful Cuomo and a big dog on a failed cable network poor little Chris had a meltdown.

He’s had his 2 minutes of fame now let’s move on and let him return to work in mediocrity

Char Char Binks | August 15, 2019 at 11:08 pm

Cuomo is Fredo forever.

tic...tic...BOOM | August 16, 2019 at 7:53 am

The guy should have said, “I ain’t aFredo you.”