WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump slammed CNN anchor Chris Cuomo on Tuesday, describing a video of him threatening a heckler as a “disgrace.”
““I think that what Chris Cuomo did was horrible…He looked like a total out of control animal,” Trump told reporters in New Jersey, where the president is spending the week.
“That was a disgrace. You’d never see me do that,” Trump said. “I would not have wanted to see a weapon in his hand.”
The CNN host, 49, was captured during a heated exchange with an unidentified man. The man called Cuomo “Fredo,” which Cuomo described as a racist slur toward Italians. The term references a character in the 1972 film “The Godfather,” Fredo Corleone, who Cuomo said is “a weak brother.”
The president’s remarks followed a tweet on Tuesday in which he called Cuomo “nuts.” In both his remarks and the tweet, Trump suggested that Cuomo would be a danger if he owned a gun. Trump referenced so-called red flag laws that have drawn renewed attention in the wake of the shootings in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas.
Trump: Trump slams Chris Cuomo’s NSFW ‘Fredo’ rant: ‘Filthy Language and a total loss of control’
Red flag laws allow law enforcement, family members and other concerned parties to petition a judge to confiscate guns from individuals who may cause harm to themselves or others.
Trump frequently criticizes CNN and its hosts.
“Would Chris Cuomo be given a Red Flag for his recent rant? Filthy language and a total loss of control. He shouldn’t be allowed to have any weapon. He’s nuts!”
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