CNN Host Cuomo Mocked After Claiming ‘Fredo’ Was the Equivalent of ‘the N-Word’ During Run in With Heckler

CNN host Chris Cuomo was mocked online after he claimed the name “Fredo” was the equivalent of “the N-Word” during a confrontation with a heckler.

The filmed run-in was posted to Twitter on Monday and went viral quickly, depicting Cuomo yelling angrily at a man after he had called him “Fredo” — a reference to Fredo Corleone, the weak brother of the Corleone crime family in “The Godfather.”

Cuomo claimed that using the name “Fredo” as an insult was “disparaging” to Italians and that the name was the equivalent of “the N-word” to African-Americans.

“Punk ass b*tches from the right call me ‘Fredo.’ My name is Chris Cuomo, I’m an anchor on CNN,” said the CNN host before threatening to throw the man “down these stairs like a f***ing punk” and that Cuomo would “f***ing wreck his s**t.”

Watch the video here:

CNN executive Matt Dornic came to the defense of Cuomo, saying that the network “completely support[s] him” after the president’s eldest son — Donald Trump, Jr. — said that he “assum[ed]” that CNN was “not be available for comment.”

Dornic then took it a step further, attacking Trump, Jr. and his brother Eric Trump as “dumb brothers” in response to another tweet by the president’s eldest son.

Reactions to the video from other users were mixed.

Some users mocked Cuomo:

About an hour after the video’s posting, a user on Twitter pointed out that a guest on Cuomo’s show — commentator Ana Navarro — had described the president’s son as “Fredo” in the past while on-air.

President Donald Trump gave his thoughts as well, saying “the truth hurts” and that he “thought Chris was Fredo also” in a tweet on Tuesday morning.

Others did not hold back their thoughts, with one user calling Cuomo’s equivocation of “the N-word” and “Fredo” as “pure racism.”

Some defended Cuomo:

Fox News host Sean Hannity praised Cuomo, saying that he believes that the CNN host “has zero to apologize for” and was the one who “deserves the apology.”

Former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) proclaimed that Cuomo “had every right to defend himself” while disputing the claim that “Fredo” was equivalent to “the ‘n-word.'”

Others came to Cuomo’s defense, as well.

Additionally, former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci tweeted out his support for Cuomo, agreeing that “Fredo” was a “slur” and that the confrontation was “quite racist.”

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General Confusion

I am confused.

When non-fans got in the face of Ted Cruz, I remember the reactions from asshole members here.

When someone gets in the face of someone YOU don’t like, you stand up for the bully!

See what I mean? Confusing.


Sooooo…. Looks like Scaramucci had completely sold out to the left. There was NOTHING racist about the incident.

Fredo is Fredo. The truth hurts.


Whaaaaaaaaaaaaa! Hypocrite , Fredo no like lbeing picked on

Hector Espada

Guys that yell a lot before a fight are really quite afraid. The guy with the glasses would have taken him apart.

Hector Espada

So now his big brother is gonna have to WAC Fredo for embarrassing the family. Now remember ” I’m smart— I can do things”


Cuomo seriously needs to think about the effect his mouth has on his kids.


#FredoCuomo is perfect

Scott Leach
Scott Leach

How Baldwinesque

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