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CNN Stands Behind Star Anchor Cuomo After 'Fredo' Fight

CNN Stands Behind Star Anchor Cuomo After 'Fredo' Fight

"No, punk-a- b-tches from the right call me Fredo", Cuomo tells the man in the video.

"Any of you Italian?"

"Are you Italian?" Cuomo asks one of the men. "It's an insult to your f-kin" people. Clearly, the same can not be said for the actual N-word and Black people.

Cuomo hosts "Cuomo Prime Time" on CNN.

CNN's Matt Dornic responded to a tweet from Donald Trump Jr. that showed the incident involving Cuomo: "Chris Cuomo defended himself when he was verbally attacked with the use of an ethnic slur in an orchestrated setup".

Cuomo took issue with the individual calling him "Fredo", which is the name of The Godfather character who turned on his family, a modern-day take on Judas as it were. The host of the channel, Brandon Recor, told The Washington Post that the video was captured at a bar in Shelter Island, N.Y. on August 11 and sent to him by the man in the confrontation.

The man in the video insists that he believed the anchor's real name was Fredo. The channel reported that the man was a "news fan" and simply wanted to take a photo with the prominent TV personality when Cuomo burst into his tirade.

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"What are you gonna do about it?" the man asks. "If you've got something to say about what I do on television then say it".

"I'll fucking ruin your shit", Cuomo ranted.

Cuomo found support in unlikely corners, ranging from rival Fox News host Sean Hannity to one-time White House spokesman Anthony Scaramucci, while his critics spanned Trump 2020 campaign representatives and other journalists.

At one point, while the shaky camera was moving around, someone who sure sounded like Cuomo could be heard egging someone else on, saying, "Take a swing!" Or does the use of that slur have very different meaning and intention when it's used against someone with such proud Italian-American heritage? "Fredo is from 'The Godfather.' He was a weak brother and they use it as an Italian aspersion", he continued.

He did not anchor his show Monday night.it's unclear if he was scheduled to appear or whether he was off.

The man, who has been described on social media as a "Trump supporter", repeatedly claimed he thought Cuomo's name was "Fredo", which the anchor responded by calling him a "liar" and told him to "own what you said" and "stand up like a man".


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