President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign released a “commemorative” t-shirt in the wake of a video showing CNN anchor Chris Cuomo angrily reacting to a man who called him “Fredo,” a reference to the weak-willed brother of fictional mob boss Michael Corleone.
The Trump campaign apparently saw an opportunity to cash in on the viral moment and is now selling the “limited edition” t-shirts for $34 on its website.
Get your commemorative #FredoCuomo Unhinged shirt today! We only have a limited supply of the shirt, which was inspired by the epic & historic viral video of @CNN's @ChrisCuomo meltdown!https://t.co/Iv8jqnIDIk
— Brad Parscale (@parscale) August 13, 2019
In footage that was disseminated widely on social media Monday, Cuomo got into a heated exchange with a man he accused of calling him “Fredo,” which the “Cuomo Primetime” host characterized as an “Italian slur.”
“No, punk-ass bitches from the right call me ‘Fredo.’ My name is Chris Cuomo. I’m an anchor on CNN,” Cuomo is heard saying in the video. “‘Fredo’ was from ‘The Godfather.’ He was a weak brother and they use that as an Italian slur ― are any of you Italian? It’s a fucking insult to your people. It’s an insult to your fuckin’ people. It’s like the n-word for us. Is that a cool fucking thing?”
“I’ll fucking throw you down these stairs like a fucking punk,” Cuomo says at one point during the exchange.
“Help us annoy Chris Cuomo and buy your ‘Fredo Unhinged Tee’ now!” reads a description of the apparel on the Trump campaign site.
“Fredo Unhinged” t-shirts are just the latest way the right has chosen to mock Chris Cuomo
Social media users also trolled Cuomo, referring to him as “Fredo” in the comments section of his Facebook page.
One person posted the Italian name 440 times in a single comment.
Another user wanted to know if the page still belonged to the fictional Italian mobster, who ends up getting knocked off by his own brother.
Yet others went with straight-forward insults, like suggesting Cuomo can dish it out but not take it, so to speak.
“[Cuomo] dishes it out on others but when some one allegedly calls him Fredo, he looses it,” a commenter said. “No class! Oops, your double standard is showing.”
Some Facebook users suggested Cuomo has anger problems.
“[He’s] a very violent person,” someone said. “[He] needs some sort of anger management.”