On Tuesday's episode of "The Michael Knowles Show," Knowles discusses how CNN turned the name "Fredo" into a fake ethnic slur for political convenience. Video and partial transcript below:
Here is the irony of it all — is that someone calls Chris Cuomo "Fredo" and then Chris Cuomo gets angry about this and his reaction is immediately to behave exactly like Fredo Corleone. Here he is from the movie:
FREDO: I'm your older brother Mike and I was stepped over. It ain’t the way I wanted it. I can handle things, I'm smart! Unlike everybody says, I’m dumb. I’m smart and I want respect!
You call me Fredo, but I'm not Fredo, I'm smart. I got passed over for governor of New York, like my father Mario and my brother Andrew, but I'm smart. I can do things, I can handle things, I’m not dumb like people think.
That was almost word for word his response to this. Absolutely hilarious. So then he doubled down. So he said this is a racial slur, because that's just what the Left does — they play the race card the minute they feel threatened, or they feel insulted, or they feel like they can't answer you. CNN though, the vice president and spokesman for CNN Matt Dornic, doubled down on this as well. He wrote, quote:
Chris Cuomo defended himself when he was verbally attacked with the use of an ethnic slur in an orchestrated setup. We completely support him.
That first sentence is almost entirely false. There are three things that he said that just are ridiculous. Verbally attacked. Ethnic slur. And orchestrated setup. He wasn't verbally attacked — some guy called him Fredo. It's like a little passing insult. It's not an attack. We're not equating speech with violence here, he didn't go assault him. Chris Cuomo assaulted him — I mean he literally threatened to do physical violence, which we'll see in a second. But the guy didn't verbally attack him — he made fun of him. He said, "Hey, Fredo. Hey, look at you, Fredo." Then "ethnic slur." It's not an ethnic slur. And then "orchestrated setup." No, it's not an orchestrated setup. They were at a restaurant.
Here's what really happened: A dude at a restaurant saw Chris Cuomo and made fun of him. That's it. That's all it was.
Not an "ethnic slur," not "orchestrated a setup," not "verbally attacked." ... By the way, you don't need to just take my word for it. Even though I do have some expertise on this — coming from New York as someone of swarthy complexion whose ancestors almost certainly paddled the sardine boat over from Palermo — you don't need to just take my expertise because I have proof that CNN does not really think that Fredo is an ethnic slur. And that's because CNN contributors and guests have repeatedly used the term Fredo to make fun of Republicans. Not even Italian Americans. Just Republicans. Here's fake Republican Ana Navarro using the term Fredo on Chris Cuomo’s show to make fun of Donald Trump Jr.
NAVARRO: Daddy kept Fredo back home. So who cares what Donald Trump Jr says? Who cares what Donald Trump Jr says? All right, you know what, I don't want to talk about that entitled little brat.
Is that a racial slur? Is it a racial slur against, what, the Scottish? The Trumps are Scottish, right? Yes.
I guess Fredo was an ethnic slur against the Italians and the Scots. You know, I'm a little bit Scottish too. It's also not an ethnic slur against the Scots. Is it an offensive term toward Don Jr? Yeah. Well they're basically calling Don stupid — Don, by the way, Don Jr is in no way the Fredo of the Trump family, but that's neither here nor there. Probably just one time though right. Well, it's just one example, Michael, you're picking out that — well how fortunate, how convenient, one cherry-picked example right? Nope. Here is Rick Wilson, another fake Republican, also using the term on CNN.
It's absolutely part of this. This, oh, all the forces of society are arrayed against us; it's just us and Donald Trump against the world. And look, "Devin Nunez is proving himself again and again to be the Fredo of the Republican Party."
Oh gosh, an ethnic slur. Oh my goodness, is this the end of the world, I don't know. Ryan Lizza and Anderson Cooper, who were on that show, don't seem to be reacting too strongly against it.