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Trump Brings Up Guns In Bizarre Rant Against ‘Nuts’ Chris Cuomo Over ‘Fredo’ Video

In a pair of bizarre tweets, President Donald Trump on Tuesday mocked CNN anchor Chris Cuomo after a viral video first shared by a right-wing activist showed the prime-time host getting into a heated exchange with an unidentified man who repeatedly called him “Fredo”, saying that Cuomo should not be allowed to have a weapon because “he’s nuts.”

Trump questioned whether the anchor would qualify for the “red flag” law that he and some Republicans have backed in the wake of recent mass shootings to keep weapons away from dangerous individuals.

The video, which began circulating Monday night, features Cuomo comparing the term “Fredo” to the “N-word.” The moniker references a character from the film “The Godfather” who betrays his family.

“I thought Chris was Fredo also,” Trump tweeted. “The truth hurts. Totally lost it! Low ratings @CNN”

“Would Chris Cuomo be given a Red Flag for his recent rant?” Trump added in a tweet roughly 90 minutes later. “Filthy language and a total loss of control. He shouldn’t be allowed to have any weapon. He’s nuts!”

The video shows Cuomo repeatedly cursing at a man who repeatedly calls him “Fredo.” It is unclear when and where the exchange took place.

“Punk ass bitches from the right call me Fredo,” Cuomo says to a man standing beside him. “My name is Chris Cuomo. I’m an anchor on CNN. Fredo is from ‘The Godfather.’ He was a weak brother and they use it as an Italian aspersion.”

The man involved in the confrontation tells the anchor that he’s a “much more reasonable guy in person than you seem to be on television.”

“If you want to play then we’ll f—ing play,” Cuomo responds. “If you’ve got something to say about what I do on television then say it.”

Cuomo, who is being held back by other people in the video, at one point threatens that he will “f—ing throw you down these stairs like a f—ing punk.”

A CNN spokesperson said the network stands by Cuomo, saying the anchor “was defending himself when he was verbally attacked with the use of an ethnic slur in an orchestrated setup.”

Trump often derides CNN and some of its employees as “fake news” over coverage he dislikes and mocks the network for its ratings. He has in the past jabbed at Cuomo after the anchor and brother of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) got his own prime-time hour.


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