Chris Cuomo has received some backlash on social media for saying that the name "Fredo" is on the same level as the n-word.
"He kisses me plenty because he's a great big brother", Cuomo told Sliwa. "'Fredo" is from the Godfather. Fredo is the fictional son of mob boss Vito Corleone and considered the weakest of his brothers.
"Any of you Italian?" "It's a f--ing insult to your people". "Don't f***ing insult me like that!" If calling an Italian guy a "Fredo" is akin to calling a black dude an n-word, wouldn't everybody know that? "Is that a cool f****** thing?"
OK, that definitely doesn't equate.
Others who identified as Italian noted that if Cuomo wanted to compare an ethnic slur for Italians to the n-word, there were plenty of worse terms than "Fredo" - although even then, some critics still found placing derogatory words for Italians on the same plane as the n-word to be inappropriate.
In any case, we've typically heard the term used as a pejorative for the weak part of a powerful group, especially a crime family. He's inherently jealous of his both brothers and in a key scene in the first movie, Fredo does nothing to prevent his father from nearly being fatally shot by opposing gangsters.
The argument escalates as the man retorts, "What are you going to do about it?" and tries to bait Cuomo to hit him. At least not yet.
"And they use it as an Italian aspersion", Cuomo continued.
The instigator goes another way...
President Trump took notice of the dispute this morning and didn't hold back when asked about the issue by the traveling press pool. "But don't be calling me a f*cking insult".
"What are you gonna do about it?" the man asked Cuomo. "It's a little different on TV". In it, the CNN anchor is arguing with a man who called him "Fredo" - which was the main cause of the altercation.
"You did not think my name was f**kin' Fredo, don't be a liar".
But when the man shot back, "Why don't you do it then?" I'll f***ing wreck your sh*t.
"What, so you can f--ing sue?" People gather around. Someone yells out WorldStar. According to the site's harassment and cyberbullying policy, content "threatening specific individuals with physical harm or destruction of property"; that is "deliberately posted in order to humiliate someone"; or that "makes hurtful and negative personal comments/videos about another person" can all prompt YouTube to remove a video, among many other properties.
He's a popular anchor who's made a name for himself as a fair-minded guy, but everything dissolved into abject rage as he scoffed at the guy who claimed - clearly falsely - that he thought Chris' name was Fredo. He also added that Cuomo "totally lost it" and worked in a "low ratings CNN" jab.
"Filthy language and a total loss of control". He shouldn't be allowed to have any weapon.
THAT'S THE POINT with Brandon has posted the video of Chris Cuomo in meltdown mode below. "You need to take an anger management course". "We completely support him", CNN spokesperson Matt Dornic tweeted.
But Chris himself believes he did act incorrectly.
"Appreciate all the support but - truth is I should be better than the guys baiting me". However, he wrote, "This happens all the times 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", the anchor said in the August 13 statement.
See a few reactions to Cuomo's incident below.
Trump went further, suggesting Cuomo is too angry to own a firearm.