To underscore that conservatives are more open-minded and tolerant than leftists, Fox News host Sean Hannity leapt to Chris Cuomo’s defense when the little brother of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo had an epic meltdown after being mocked as “Fredo.”
Fredo was the dopey, incompetent older brother of Mafia kingpin Michael Corleone from the award-winning film “The Godfather.”
CNN nepotism boy Chris Cuomo has always chafed at the reference, since his critics know he feels insecure being in the shadow of his powerful older brother Andrew and his accomplished father, the late Mario Cuomo (a former New York governor).
Hannity tweeted: “I say good for Chris Cuomo. He’s out with his 9-year-old daughter and his wife, and this guy is being a jackass in front of his family. Imho Chris Cuomo has zero to apologize for. He deserves the apology.”
I say good for @ChrisCuomo
He’s out with his 9 year old daughter, and his wife, and this guy is being a jackass in front of his family.
Imho Chris Cuomo has zero to apologize for. He deserves the apology. https://t.co/VnyMNgz14U
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) August 13, 2019
Some people agreed with Hannity.
I’m with Chris a hundred per cent. He should have clocked that douche. https://t.co/EUs6ni7KtZ
— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) August 13, 2019
Here’s one person you don’t want in your corner: Disgraced attorney Michael Avenatti.
Good for @ChrisCuomo. Social media has led people to believe that they can walk up to people they have never met before and start hurling insults at them. It’s wrong and it’s bullshit. A slur is a slur. The guy is lucky he didn’t get hurt. People should show some respect.
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) August 13, 2019
However, many of Hannity’s fans disagreed with him. They pointed out that if Hannity (or some other conservative) had been caught on camera threatening a leftist, the entire Left would be calling for his immediate firing.
“If this were you, you’d be all over the news right now.”
Agree, but if this were you, you’d be all over the news right now.
— Kurt Leopard (@KurtLeopard) August 13, 2019
Another Twitter user quipped: “So your answer is LilAndrew should act like a bigger fool in front of his daughter??? I didn’t hear the other guy curse like an animal.”
@seanhannity So your answer is LilAndrew should act like a bigger fool in front of his Daughter??? I didn’t hear the other guy curse like an animal. God, good think Tucker is off all week & I don’t have to turn on Fox!
— Angel Gotti (@AngelGotti5) August 13, 2019
Still another Twitter user remarked: “Sean, Chris Cuomo dropped the “F” bomb more than Pacino did in ‘Scarface’ and said he was going to end the guy and throw him down the stairs. He obviously didn’t give a crap his wife and daughter heard that, but you think Cuomo being called Fredo was worse for his family to hear? ???
Sean, @ChrisCuomo dropped the “F” bomb more than Pacino did in Scarface & said he was going to end the guy & throw him down the stairs. He obviously didn’t give a crap his wife & daughter heard that but you think Cuomo being called Fredo was worse for his family to hear? ???
— Dana Boos (@DanaBoos3) August 13, 2019
Florida business executive Jack Furnari said it’s good that Chris didn’t get in the face of a Sicilian — because he’d be on the floor right now.
— Jack Furnari (@JackBPR) August 13, 2019
Cuomo’s irrational ‘roid rage when a Limbaugh listener casually called him “Fredo” forever ensures that he will be known as “Fredo Cuomo.”
In the profanity-laced tirade, Cuomo acted like a true mafia thug from “The Godfather” by threatening to throw the man down a flight of stairs.
“Take a f–king swing at me. I’ll f–king wreck your sh*t. You didn’t know what you were doing when you called me Fredo? What about now?”
Cuomo then made the outlandish and false claim that calling someone Fredo is an ethic slur. (No, it’s not.)
Cuomo ranted: “Punk-ass b*tches from the right call me Fredo. My name is Chris Cuomo. I’m an anchor at CNN. ‘Fredo’ is from ‘The Godfather.’ He was that weak brother. And they use it as an Italian aspersion.”
Chris continued: “Any of you Italian? It’s an insult to your people. It’s an insult to your f–king people.”
Cuomo further discredited himself when he falsely claimed that calling an Italian “Fredo” is on par with calling a black person the N-word.
“It’s like the N-word for us,” Cuomo huffed. “Is that a cool f–king thing?”
Conservative comedian Terrence Williams responded by mocking Cuomo, and disabusing him of the fake news that “Fredo” is in any way comparable to calling a black person the N-word.
CNN Host Chris Cuomo got into altercation & threatened a man who called him “Fredo”@ChrisCuomo said calling someone the name Fredo from the movie Godfather is the same as calling someone the N-Word.
What Will CNN DO About this ? pic.twitter.com/UQJAc0urcm
— Terrence K. Williams (@w_terrence) August 13, 2019
Trump campaign adviser Katrina Pierson, who’s black, said Cuomo is an insensitive racist for comparing “Fredo” to the N-word.
Pierson tweeted: “Did Chris Cuomo just say that “Fredo” is to Italians what the N word is to black people? Th[e] N word is a dehumanizing word used against blacks who endured years of oppression. Fredo is a term from ‘The Godfather,’ referring to the dumb brother. Equivocating the two is pure racism.”
Did @ChrisCuomo just say that “Fredo” is to Italians what the N word is to black people? Th N word is a dehumanizing word used against blacks who endured years of oppression. Fredo is a term from The Godfather, referring to the dumb brother. Equivocating the two is pure racism.
— Katrina Pierson (@KatrinaPierson) August 13, 2019
“Hey, NAACP, do you agree with Chris Cuomo and CNN that saying ‘Fredo’ is the equivalent of the ‘N’ word?”
— Katrina Pierson (@KatrinaPierson) August 13, 2019
Flashback: Chris Cuomo did nothing when CNN contributor Ana Navarro called Donald Trump Jr. “Fredo” on his show.
Watch part of the video below, and read the full story here:
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. An excuse just as fake as his news. #FredoCuomo https://t.co/8G8yuY80CK pic.twitter.com/1gwVyDVCob
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) August 13, 2019
President Trump got the final word, as usual.
Trump tweeted: “I thought Chris was Fredo also. The truth hurts.”
Meanwhile, there’s a comical epilogue to this:
- DOJ attorney in charge of election-crimes unit quits after AG Barr opens investigation - November 10, 2020
- ‘Whoa, whoa, whoa’: Neil Cavuto slammed after he cuts off Kayleigh McEnany presser - November 10, 2020
- Same media that cheered Stacey Abrams, Al Gore for refusing to concede attack Trump for same move - November 8, 2020