Donald Trump tweeted that Cuomo might qualify for ‘Red Flag’ warning status under a bill he favors, making him ineligible to buy a gun because ‘He’s nuts’

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This guy Chris Cuomo comes across as a loose cannon.  Jeez.. get a grip, show some self-control. After all millions may be watching not to mention your wife and impressionable young daughter.

Donald Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign wasted no time capitalizing on a feud between the president and Chris Cuomo, introducing a t-shirt for sale on Tuesday that mocks the CNN anchor for a videotaped F-bomb rant that went viral online.

The Trump re-election campaign began selling ‘FREDO UNHINGED’ t-shirts on Tuesday, quickly taking advantage of an embarrassing meltdown by CNN anchor Chris Cuomo that was caught on camera

The t-shirt’s art uses a freeze-frame from video footage of Cuomo’s F-bomb diatribe, along with a solicitation for joining the campaign’s formidable text-messaging database

Cuomo confronted a man who called him ‘Fredo’ – insisting he thought that was the TV star’s name. Cuomo took it as an anti-Italian insult and threatened to throw the man down a flight of stairs as he berated him in vulgar language while a cellphone camera captured the scene.

Fredo Corleone was the dimwitted and disloyal older brother of Michael, the central character in ‘The Godfather.’

The Trump campaign’s response is a t-shirt, available for $34.00, that carries the words ‘FREDO UNHINGED’ and still images from the video.

‘The truth hurts. He totally lost it. Help us annoy Chris Cuomo and buy your “Fredo Unhinged Tee” now!’

Campaign Manager Brad Parscale said in a tweet that only ‘a limited supply’ would be available. Less than 2-1/2 hours later he wrote that the shirts were ‘[s]elling faster than Fredo’s meltdown! Thank you #FredoCuomo for filling up our coffers. You have now directly supported the POTUS!’

Communications Director Tim Murtaugh snarked on Twitter that the shirt ‘should come with a trigger warning for @CNN anchors.’

The president tweeted or retweeted about the Cuomo clash nine times on Tuesday, fanning the flames of a full-scale war between the White House and the cable news network.

One message seemed to criticize Fox News Channel star Sean Hannity, who took his fellow anchor’s side.

‘When a Conservative does even a fraction of what Chris Cuomo did with his lunatic ranting, raving, & cursing, they get destroyed by the Fake News,’ Trump complained. ‘But when a Liberal Democrat like Chris Cuomo does it, Republicans immediately come to his defense. We never learn!’

And the president landed a final blow before dinner, mocking CNN for a ratings slide that began shortly after he took office and hasn’t changed course, even as MSNBC has seen its fortunes soar as a home for his most liberal opponents.

‘Without being stuck at an airport, where CNN buys (at a big price) an uninterested audience, they’ve got nothing going. @CNN is BAD for America!’ he tweeted.

In a statement, the network said Cuomo ‘defended himself when he was verbally attacked with the use of an ethnic slur in an orchestrated setup. We completely support him.’

The president had already kicked Cuomo while he was down, suggesting he’s too mentally unstable to own a firearm and proved it in his curse-laden rant.

‘I think that what Chris Cuomo did was horrible. His language was horrible. He looked like a total, out-of-control animal. He lost it,’ he told reporters in New Jersey as he departed for a day-trip to a Pennsylvania factory.

‘And, frankly, I don’t think anybody should defend him because he spews lies every night.’

‘I don’t know who is defending him. Maybe they didn’t see it,’ he offered.

Trump had said hours earlier that Cuomo’s behavior might qualify for a ‘red flag’ warning, his preferred legal mechanism for lessening the incidence of mass-shootings by keeping firearms out of the hands of unstable Americans.’

‘I would not have wanted to see a weapon in his hand,’ he said. ‘I guess his fist is not a weapon or he would have done something. You know, he talked about it but he didn’t do anything.’

He had tweeted: ‘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!’

The unidentified man claimed in the fast-viral video that he genuinely thought Cuomo’s first name was Fredo. That’s the nickname conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh uses for the CNN host.

The president first weighed in as CNN reeled from the public relations damage caused by Cuomo’s boast that he would ‘f***ing throw you down these stairs like a f***ing punk.’

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

Cuomo, a consistently anti-Trump television personality, protests in the video footage that ‘Fredo’ is an insult, ‘like the N-word for Italians.’

Video has since emerged of two paid CNN contributors calling Republicans, including Donald Trump Jr., ‘Fredo.’ One did it on Cuomo’s show as he sat without objection.

Cuomo portrayed himself as a victim, tweeting that he should have been calmer in his self-defense.

‘I should be better than the guys baiting me,’ he wrote. ‘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.’

Cuomo did not say his children or other family members were present during the altercation.

On the January 9 episode of ‘Cuomo Prime Time’ Democratic strategist Ana Navarro referred to Donald Trump Jr. as ‘Fredo.’ Cuomo had no reaction.

 

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