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Chris Cuomo Squares Up To Man Calling Him ‘Fredo’: ‘Like The N-Word For Us’

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CNN is standing by its primetime host Chris Cuomo after video emerged of him squaring up to a man who called him “Fredo,” an insult referring to the hapless Fredo Corleone character from “The Godfather” movie franchise.

“Punk-ass bitches from the right call me Fredo. My name is Chris Cuomo. I’m an anchor on CNN,” Cuomo, who is of Italian descent, responded to the man in the clip amplified Monday by a reporter for right-wing website The Daily Wire.

“Fredo is from ‘The Godfather,’ he was that weak brother and they’re using it as an Italian aspersion,” Cuomo continued.

“It’s like the ‘N-word’ for us,” Cuomo claimed.

Later in the video, Cuomo repeatedly cursed as he fired back at the man ― who claimed he believed Cuomo’s actual name was “Fredo.”

“You’re going to have a big fucking problem,” Cuomo said. “Don’t fucking insult me like that. You fucking called me Fredo. It’s like I call you punk bitch ― you like that?”

“What are you going to do about it?” the unidentified man later asked.

“I’ll fucking ruin your shit. I’ll fucking throw you down these stairs like a fucking punk,” Cuomo replied.

A spokesperson for CNN said it “completely” supported Cuomo following the incident.

“Chris Cuomo defended himself when he was verbally attacked with the use of an ethnic slur in an orchestrated setup,” they told Mediaite.

The video divided opinion on Twitter, where it drew contrasting commentary from high-profile conservative figures, while other people debated the offensiveness (racial or otherwise) of the “Fredo” insult.

Fox News host Sean Hannity, who frequently uses his widely watched show to attack CNN and stump for President Donald Trump, tweeted that Cuomo has “zero to apologize for” and actually “deserves the apology” himself.

I say good for [Chris Cuomo],” Hannity wrote. “He’s out with his 9 year old daughter, and his wife, and this guy is being a jackass in front of his family.” 

The president’s son Donald Trump Jr., however, responded by reminding his followers that Republican strategist Ana Navarro once used the term on Cuomo’s show to describe Trump Jr. 

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FOX 8 journalist Nancy Parker killed in New Orleans East plane crash

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NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) – Nancy Parker, a journalist at FOX 8 for 23 years, was killed in a small plane crash in New Orleans East on Friday afternoon.

The pilot of the plane, Franklin J.P. Augustus was also killed.

Parker was shooting a story in a stunt plane with Augustus, who was a member of a Louisiana group that honored the Tuskegee Airmen.

Various emergency agencies responded to a plane crash that happened just after 3 p.m. in a field near Jourdan Rd. and Morrison Rd.

A Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson said the plane involved was a 1983 Pitts S-2B aircraft and crashed about a half-mile south of the New Orleans Lakefront Airport under unknown circumstances.

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Charlotte Mayor, other African American city and county leaders receive racist, threatening letter

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — More than a dozen city leaders, all of them African American except for one, received a letter in the mail to their respective offices that was threatening and racist. Now, police are taking a close look. 

“If I can assume the intent, the intent was to intimidate,” Councilman Braxton Winston said. 

He was one of the people who received the letter. Winston said two weeks ago he was opening mail at his office at the Government Center in uptown when he started reading a hateful message. 

“We get hate-mail all the time,” he said. “But this one was unique … It was pretty intense, pretty intense, [and] pretty well thought out.”

The letter read in part,  “…Each of you despicable BLACK democrats should be tarred and feathered and run out of town (my town) on a rail…”

“From go back to where you came from, to tarred and feathering which I take as a form of lynching,” Winston said, remembering what the letter said. 

“What I would call pretty racist, bigoted,” he added. 

The letter was also addressed to police, fire, and CMS officials. 

It blamed African Americans for various things, praised President Donald Trump and used a phrase that was chanted by his supporters at a North Carolina rally earlier this year: “Send her back” 

The letter writes, “I do believe you need to go back to where you came from if you don’t BEGIN to show this great country some RESPECT and HONOR.”

It went on to say, “leave our Confederate Memorials and statues alone” and eluded to someone “blowing up the infamous ‘adulterer’ MLK statues.”

“I’m turning my letter over to the FBI,” said Mecklenburg County Commissioner Vilma Leake, who also received a copy in the mail. 

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Colin Kaepernick Marks 3rd Anniversary Of National Anthem Protest With Video

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To mark three years since he began a civil rights protest by not standing during the national anthem at an NFL game, Colin Kaepernick shared an emotional video Wednesday paying tribute to people affected by police brutality. 

The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, who’s been unsigned since the season he began protesting, tweeted the video with a promise that he’s continuing to “work and stand with the people in our fight for liberation,” referring to the disproportionate number of Black people killed by police.

The video features remarks from friends and family of Alton Sterling, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice and Philando Castile, who were all victims of police violence.

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