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Trump, Hannity, and Others Respond to Viral Chris Cuomo “Fredo” Video

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  • CNN’s Chris Cuomo is being criticized for his profanity-laced response to a man calling him “Fredo,” a reference to a cowardly and incompetent character in The Godfather.
  • In the video, Cuomo says the term is like the n-word for Italians, a comment that has received major backlash from both conservative and liberal commentators.
  • Several people including Fox News host Sean Hannity have defended Cuomo for losing his temper on the man while he was out with his family, but on Tuesday morning, President Trump retweeted the video and called Cuomo “Fredo,” himself.

The Viral Video

CNN anchor Chris Cuomo is being criticized for his profanity-laced response to a man calling him “Fredo,” a reference to Fredo Corleone from the 1972 film The Godfather. 

In a now-viral video, Cuomo compares the use of the name “Fredo” to the n-word, claiming it is a slur against Italian people like himself.

“Are you Italian?” Cuomo asks the man in the video. “It’s a fucking insult to your people. It’s an insult to your fucking people. It’s like the n-word for us. Is that a cool fucking thing?”

“Appreciate all the support but – truth is I should be better than the guys baiting me,” Cuomo said on Tuesday. “This happens all the time these days. Often in front of my family. But there is a lesson: no need to add to the ugliness; I should be better than what I oppose.”

The Godfather films portray Fredo Corleone as a weak character, being less intelligent, more cowardly, and more incompetent than his brothers.

“I can handle things! I’m smart!” Fredo says in The Godfather II. “Not like everybody says, like dumb! ‘Not smart!’ And I want respect!” 

As the viral video continues, Cuomo threatens violence, saying he will push the man down a staircase.

“I don’t have a problem with you, man,” the man says in the video.

“You’re gonna have a fucking problem.” Cuomo responds. “I’ll fucking throw you down these stairs like a fucking punk.”

Cuomo then repeatedly tells the man to “take a swing” at him. When someone touches Cuomo, presumably to remove him from the situation, he says, “Watch your fucking hands.”

The video ends with the man saying to Cuomo, “Hey, hey, look at all these cameras. You’re in for it. You’re in for it.”

According to The Washington Post, the incident took place Sunday night when Cuomo had been out with his family at a bar on Shelter Island in New York.

The man who Cuomo berates in the video had reportedly asked for a picture, calling Cuomo “Fredo,” leading up to the video.

That video was later published by the right-wing YouTube channel “THAT’S THE POINT with Brandon” on Monday after the man sent it to the channel. It was originally removed by YouTube but has since been reuploaded.

“THAT’S THE POINT with Brandon” said on Twitter that the man thought Cuomo’s name was Fredo because he listens to Rush Limbaugh, who regularly refers to Cuomo by the name.

Before the video went viral Monday night, Cuomo announced that his show, Cuomo Prime Time, would be going on hiatus until next week. 

Comparing “Fredo” to the N-word

Many online met Cuomo’s comparison of the n-word and “Fredo” with criticism.

“I think the guy was being a jerk to @chriscuomo,” Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro said on Twitter,  “and I certainly understand Cuomo getting pissed, but there’s just no way calling someone Fredo Corleone is like the n-word. There just isn’t. That’s plain nuts.”

Many people of color also took to social media to criticize Cuomo’s comparison, citing that Fredo is a character in a film and that African Americans have had the n-word invoked upon them for hundreds of years. 

“[The n-word] is a word rooted in white supremacy, the enslavement, lynching, murder, brutalization, & dehumanization of Blacks in America for the past 400 years,” Bishop Talbert Swan said in a tweet. “FREDO was a character in ‘The Godfather,’ circa 1972. They called Blacks [the n-word] in the movie.”

Response to Cuomo’s Outburst

Many, like Shapiro, have defended the reason for Cuomo losing his temper. Monday night, Fox News host Sean Hannity said “good for Chris Cuomo.”

“Imho Chris Cuomo has zero to apologize for,” Hannity said. “He deserves the apology.”

The same evening, CNN spokesperson Matt Dornic similarly backed Cuomo.

“Chris Cuomo defended himself when he was verbally attacked with the use of an ethnic slur in an orchestrated setup,” Dornic said. “We completely support him.” 

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Early Tuesday morning, however, President Donald Trump called Cuomo “Fredo” once more and reposted the video, saying the anchor, “Totally lost it!”

Trump later tweeted again, making references to Red Flag Laws that have sparked debate after the recent shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. Trump continues by seemingly making a jab at a recent CNN town hall Cuomo hosted focusing on gun control.

Other Uses of Fredo in Media

Since the video, many have found recent uses of the term “Fredo” by commentators and on-air hosts, including one in which CNN commentator Ana Navarro calls Donald Trump Jr. “Fredo” in front of Cuomo.

“Daddy kept Fredo back home,” she said in January. “Who cares what Donald Trump Jr. says. I don’t want to talk about that entitled little brat.” 

That clip was circulated by Donald Trump Jr., who criticized Cuomo for not stopping Navarro when she made the comment to someone other than Cuomo himself. 

Trump Jr. asked Dornic if he still stands behind his previous comment, to which Dornic responded by tagging Eric Trump in a comment that read, “Speaking of dumb brothers…”

Last year, Cuomo responded to a critical tweet that read, “Oh, we notice when Fredo gets testy,” after someone else said Cuomo talks loudly and is as “dumb as a rock.” 

A separate audio file of Cuomo calling himself “Fredo” in a 2010 radio interview has also surfaced.

“There is a group of people — politicos — who always hint they might run,” host Curtis Sliwa said, “but not necessarily plunge all the way, and they are members of la Cuomo.”

“Who am I, then, Fredo?” Cuomo asked.

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Biden to Mandate COVID Vaccines for Federal Workers as CDC Changes Masking Guidance

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News of the efforts came on the same day that the U.S. reported more than 100,000 new daily COVID cases for the first time since February.


Federal Vaccine Mandate

President Joe Biden will announce Thursday that all federal employees must get vaccinated against COVID-19 or consent to strict testing and other safety precautions, White House officials told reporters Tuesday.

Earlier in the day, Biden said he was considering the requirement but did not provide any more information.

While the officials also said the details are still being hashed out, they did note that the policy would be similar to ones recently put in place by California and New York City, which respectively required state and city workers to get the jab or submit to regular testing.

Also on Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated their guidelines to recommend that Americans who live in areas “of substantial or high transmission,” as well as all students and teachers, wear masks indoors regardless of their vaccination status.

Delta Causes Spikes, But Vaccines Still Prove Effective

The renewed COVID mitigation efforts come as the delta variant is driving massive surges all over the country.

Coronavirus cases have quadrupled throughout July, jumping from a weekly average of 11,799 on the first day of the month to 63,248 on Tuesday, according to The New York Times tracker. Tuesday also saw new daily infections topping 100,000 for the first time since February, with more than 108,000 reported, per The Times.

While the vast majority of new infections are among people who have not been vaccinated, there have also been increasing reports of breakthrough cases in people who have received the jab. 

Those cases, however, do not mean that the vaccines are not effective. 

No vaccine prevents 100% of infections. Health officials have said time and time again that the jabs are intended to prevent severe disease and death, and they are doing just that.

According to the most recent data for July 19, the CDC reported that only 5,914 of the more than 161 million Americans who have gotten the vaccine were hospitalized or died from COVID-19 — a figure that represents 0.0036% of vaccinated people.

While safety precautions may be recommended for some people who have received the vaccine, many media narratives have overstated the role breakthrough cases play in the recent spikes. As New York Magazine explains, it is imperative to understand these new mask recommendations are not happening because the vaccine is not effective, but because not enough people are getting the vaccine.

“Because breakthrough infections have so often made the news due to their novelty, that can create a perception of more cases than are actually happening — particularly without more robust tracking of the actual cases to provide context,” the outlet wrote.

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Wisconsin Police Deny Planting Evidence in Viral Video, Release Their Own Body Cam Footage

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The footage police released shows that during a search, officers found a corner tear from a plastic bag inside a backseat passenger’s pocket. An officer then discarded it into the car after determining that it was empty.


Viral Video Appears To Show Officer Planting Evidence

The Caledonia Police Department in Wisconsin has responded to a viral cell phone video that appears to show an officer planting a small plastic baggie inside of a car during a traffic stop.

The now-viral footage was posted to Facebook by a man who goes by GlockBoy Savoo.

The user, who also filmed the clip, wrote in his post’s caption that the officer did this “just to get a reason to search the car” and said the cop didn’t know he was being recorded by the passenger.

Source: Facebook/ GlockBoy Savoo

Police Shut Down Accusations With Their Own Footage

After that video spread across social media, many were outraged, calling the Caledonia police dirty for seemingly planting evidence. All the outrage eventually prompted the department to announce an investigation Saturday.

Within hours, the department provided an update, claiming that officers didn’t actually plant any evidence or do anything illegal.

Police shared a lengthy summary of events, along with two body camera clips from the incident. That statement explained that the driver of the vehicle was pulled over for going 63 in a 45mph zone.

Two passengers in the backseat who were then spotted without seatbelts were asked to identify themselves and step out of the car. During a search of one passenger’s pockets, an officer pulled out “an empty corner tear” from a plastic baggie.

Police claim the corner tear did not contain any illegal substances, though they said this type of packaging is a common method for holding illegal drugs.

In one body cam clip, an officer can be heard briefly questioning the backseat passenger about the baggie. Then, that piece of plastic gets handed off to different officers who also determined it as empty before the officer in the original viral video discarded it into the back of the car.

The officer can also be seen explaining where the plastic came from to the passenger recording him.

“Aye, bro you just threw that in here!” the front seat passenger says, as heard in his version of the events.

“Yeah, cause it was in his pocket and I don’t want to hold onto it. It’s on their body cam that they took it off of him…I’m telling you where it came from, so. It’s an empty baggie at the moment too, so,” the officer replies.

The department went on to explain that while it would discourage officers from discarding items into a citizen’s car, this footage proves that evidence was not planted.

Authorities also noted that no arrests were made in this incident and the driver was the only one issued a citation for speeding. The statement added that since four officers were present at the scene, police have more than six hours of footage to review but they promised to release the footage in full in the near future.

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Medical Groups, Local Leaders Push for Healthcare Workers and Public Employees To Get Vaccinated

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The move comes as COVID cases have nearly quadrupled in the last month due to the rapid spread of the highly infectious delta variant.


Increased Calls for Mandatory Vaccinations in Certain Sectors

More than 50 of America’s largest medical groups representing millions of healthcare workers issued a statement Monday calling for employers of all health and long-term care providers to require mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations.

The groups, which included the American Medical Association, the American Nurses Association, and 55 others, cited contagious new variants — including delta — and low vaccination rates.

“Vaccination is the primary way to put the pandemic behind us and avoid the return of stringent public health measures,” they wrote.

The call to action comes as new COVID cases have almost quadrupled during the month of July, jumping from just around 13,000 infections a day at the beginning of this month to more than 50,000.

While the vast majority of new infections and hospitalizations are among those who have not received the vaccines, many healthcare workers remain unvaccinated. According to data collected by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, over 38% of nursing home staff were not fully vaccinated as of July 11. 

An analysis by WebMD and Medscape Medical News found that around 25% of hospital workers who were in contact with patients had not been vaccinated by the end of May when vaccinations became widely available.

In addition to calls for medical professionals to get vaccinated, some local leaders have also begun to impose mandates for public employees as cases continue spiking.

Last month, San Francisco announced that it was requiring all city workers to get vaccinated. Also on Monday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said that all municipal employees — including police officers and teachers — must either get the jab or agree to weekly testing by the time school starts in September.

Dr. Fauci Says U.S. Officials Are Considering Revising Mask Guidance for Vaccinated People

Numerous top U.S. health officials have applauded efforts by local leaders to mitigate further spread of the coronavirus, including the nation’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, who confirmed Sunday that federal officials are actively considering whether to revise federal masking guidelines to recommend that vaccinated Americans wear face coverings in public settings.

In May, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said people who are vaccinated do not need to mask in public. Although that was a non-binding recommendation, many states and cities that had not already lifted restrictions on masking began to do so shortly after.

But now, local leaders in areas seeing big spikes have begun reimposing mask mandates — even for those who are vaccinated — including major counties like Los Angeles and St. Louis.

In his remarks Sunday, Fauci also emphasized that, despite claims from many conservatives, those efforts are in line with the federal recommendations, which leave space for local leaders to issue their own rules.

While Fauci and other top U.S. public health officials have encouraged local governments to take action, Republican lawmakers in several states are taking steps to limit the ability of local leaders and public health officials to take certain mitigation measures.

According to the Network for Public Health Law, at least 15 state legislatures have passed or are considering bills to limit the legal authority of public health agencies — and that does not even include unilateral action taken by governors.

Some of the leaders of states suffering the biggest spikes have banned local officials from imposing their own mask mandates, like Arkansas, which has the highest per capita cases in the country right now, as well as Florida, which currently ranks third.

Notably, some of the laws proposed or passed by Republicans could go beyond just preventing local officials from trying to mitigate surges in COVID cases and may have major implications for other public health crises.

For example, according to The Washington Post, a North Dakota law that bans mask mandates applies to other breakouts — even tuberculosis — while a new Montana law also bars the use of quarantine for people who have been exposed to an infectious disease but have not yet tested positive.

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