A detail somewhat lost in “Fredo-gate,” where CNN anchor Chris Cuomo went berserk over a man calling him Fredo, was that Cuomo was on an outing with his family, and few condone heckling public figures in that scenario.
Count Fox News host Jesse Watters among those who feel it is inappropriate, when he revealed on Tuesday that he has experienced the same thing.
Reportedly from actor Shia LaBeouf, of all people.
Filling in for colleague Laura Ingraham on “The Ingraham Angle,” Watters shared the story while admitting that there have been times that he did not handle himself well in public situations where he was confronted.
“It happens, you grow from it, you learn from it, you know,” he said. “[Cuomo’s] never going to do this again. He took the bait and responded.”
And that’s when he references the recent incident with the “Holes” star.
“You know, the other day, I was at a lounge, the Delta Sky situation, trying to take off for a flight with my family,” Watters said. “And the actor Shia LaBeouf, or whatever his name is — I think it was him, it looked exactly like him — I walked by and he calls me trash. Right in front of my kids.”
“And I didn’t say anything, I didn’t lose it,” he continued. “But these things happen.”
Fox News contributor Raymond Arroyo chimed in to say, “You should have called him ‘Indiana Jones Jr.’ That would have shut him down immediately.”
While he wasn’t keen on Cuomo being accosted while with his family, Watters did not let CNN off the hook for its hypocrisy.
“That kind of mob mentality, we don’t condone that,” he insisted. “But you know, just the hypocrisy, because Cuomo and CNN, they’ve supported the Maxine Waters’ call to arms to get in your face. They’ve supported this Antifa nonsense you see in the streets. As a matter of fact Chris Cuomo said that the Covington boy, while the adult man was banging the drum in his face, he needed to walk away and didn’t handle himself correctly, so come on!”
This last remark being a reference to the Catholic high school boy who was blasted for no reason by the liberal media.
Arroyo pointed to several incidents where people on the right were accosted when out with family, to include former White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, who was infamously thrown out of the Red Hen restaurant, to ask where was CNN to condemn that behavior.
He also quoted CNN anchor Don Lemon, who said in response to Sen. Ted Cruz, (R-Texas,) being confronted while dining with his wife: “Sometimes the only agency you have is to protest and to get in someone’s face.”
“Public people are entitled to private lives,” he added. “Particularly when they have family, and wives and children around. That was horrible what happened, but I don’t know why Chris responded this way. Something set him off.”
An Italian, Arroyo said he did not see the name “Fredo” as an ethnic slur.
“How do you get people to think you are not Fredo by acting like Michael Corleone?” he noted. “I’m going to throw you down the stairs, I’m going to ruin your this or break that.”
Arroyo went on to say that if Sanders had acted in a similar way to the owner of the Red Hen, it would have been front page news for days on end.
Denouncing the double standard, he declared that “we are one American family,” and ended appropriately with a classic line from “The Godfather II.”
“As Michael Corleone tells Fredo, ‘Don’t ever let me see you taking sides against the family.’
As for the hypocrisy of it all, Watters would then share a clip of Chris Cuomo himself using the name Fredo.
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