Chris Cuomo erupts at heckler

SEE IT CNN anchor Chris Cuomo threatens to throw a man down stairs ‘like a f---g punk’ after being called ‘Fredo

Invoking the name Fredo, the incapable son of mafia boss Vito Corleone in the film "The Godfather", is seen by some as a slur against Italians. A spokesperson for CNN shared on Twitter that the network is standing behind Cuomo.

After the incident, CNN issued a statement supporting Cuomo, who is now on vacation.

Donald Trump Jr. gave his thoughts on the incident as well, sharing a response Monday night.

"Guys, I'm Italian. "Fredo" is not an ethnic slur", wrote Emily Zanotti, an editor at the conservative outlet the Daily Wire. Warning: Video includes expletives.

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"Are any of you Italian?" he asked of the men involved in the altercation in the profanity-laced video.

The video begins after the exchange had already escalated into anger. Rather, I think this is nearly Trump level trolling and, of course, the president is on the case.

"No, punk-ass b****es from the right call me "Fredo.' My name is Chris Cuomo".

The man says that Cuomo probably "doesn't want to do that", but Cuomo continues by saying, "Take a swing at me". In "The Godfather", Fredo is seen as the less intelligent younger brother, cowardly and incompetent in the powerful family's business but desperate for respect from his father.

CNN, believe it or not, rallied behind Cuomo.

It's an ethnic slur, Cuomo said, in defense of his rantings.

How did folks react to Cuomo's "I should be better" tweet?

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"Don't f-ing insult me like that". Cuomo suggests in the video it was meant as derogatory term for his Italian heritage, similar to the "N-word" for African Americans. That truth was beyond proven overnight when a video made the rounds online showing the CNN anchor in an angry public rage while confronting a group of men. Cuomo angrily exclaimed, "If you got something to say about what I do on television, then say it".

"Well, you're gonna have a big f**kin' problem".

"Punk a** b***hes from the right call me Fredo", Cuomo said during the confrontation.

"I've got a little bit of." the man stammered.

CNN spokesman Matt Dornic replied to Trump on Twitter. He also said he would "f*cking ruin him" and claimed the term "Fredo" is the equivalent to the n-word for Italians (this is not true).

Cuomo was also defended by his cable news rival: Fox News host Sean Hannity. "I say good for @ChrisCuomo".

He added, "Imho Chris Cuomo has zero to apologize for". "My name is Chris Cuomo".

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. "He didn't even make the cut that his brother-in-law and sister did to be part of the Oval Office and the White House staff. Daddy kept Fredo back home".

This isn't the first time Donald Trump has attacked a CNN anchor, nor is it the first time he's flirted with racism.

In a way, it's a odd situation because he was understandably defending himself against a conservative screaming at him, but then again, the insult isn't racist and it isn't the same thing as using the N-word.

The footage which is said to have been taken at an event in NY on Sunday, has been making rounds on social media, sparking a Twitter moment of its own. "Th N word is a dehumanizing word used against blacks who endured years of oppression".

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