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YouTube deletes video of Chris Cuomo for violating its policy before being forced to reinstate it

YouTube deleted the video of CNN host Chris Cuomo’s F-bomb rant for violating its ‘bullying and harassment’ policy before being forced to reinstate the clip, admitting ‘sometimes we make the wrong call’. 

The video sharing site removed the clip showing a furious Cuomo telling an unidentified man who called him ‘Fredo’ in public that the name is ‘like the N-word for Italians’. 

The owner of the YouTube account that originally uploaded video posted screengrabs after the clip was removed and claimed to have been given no warning of its deletion.  

User ‘THAT’S THE POINT with Brandon’ later followed up with pictures of the site explaining their decision to reinstate it.  

YouTube deleted the video of CNN host Chris Cuomo’s F-bomb rant for violating its ‘bullying and harassment’ policy before being forced to reinstate the clip

Chris Cuomo is filmed on amateur video berating a man who referred to him as 'Fredo'

Cuomo then yells at another man (left) who claims he honestly believed his name was Fredo

Chris Cuomo (in the hat on the left) is filmed on amateur video berating a man who referred to him as ‘Fredo’ in a bar on New York’s Shelter Island on Sunday

The video sharing site soon reinstated the clip after admitting it was 'removed mistakenly'

The video sharing site soon reinstated the clip after admitting it was ‘removed mistakenly’

 In a statement to DailyMail.com a spokesman for YouTube said: ‘With the massive volume of videos on our site, sometimes we make the wrong call. 

‘When it’s brought to our attention that a video has been removed mistakenly, we act quickly to reinstate it. 

‘We also offer uploaders the ability to appeal removals and we will re-review the content.’ 

Donald Trump piled on Cuomo on Tuesday tweeting: ‘Would Chris Cuomo be given a Red Flag for his recent rant?’ referring to his advocacy for a ‘red flag’ warning system meant to keep firearms out of the hands of the mentally ill. 

‘Filthy language and a total loss of control. He shouldn’t be allowed to have any weapon. He’s nuts!’ Trump added. 

Don Jr tweeted: ‘Unbelievable @Youtube has taken down the viral video showing @chriscuomo threatening to assault a heckler and then grotesquely comparing ‘Fredo’ to the N word. Youtube/Google literally covering up his racism and violent threats. You can’t make this stuff up.’ 

In the clip the unidentified man claims 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.  

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

It is thought the incident took place at a bar in Shelter Island, New York on Sunday. 

As CNN reeled from the public relations damage caused by one of its stars boasting to a viewer that he would ‘f***ing throw you down these stairs like a f***ing punk,’ the president weighed in.

‘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. 

YouTube said they 'sometimes we make the wrong call' after the clip was deleted

YouTube said they ‘sometimes we make the wrong call’ after the clip was deleted

Donald Trump piled on Chris Cuomo on Tuesday after the CNN anchor uncorked a series of F-bombs at a man who called him 'Fredo' in public – and threatened to beat him up

Donald Trump piled on Chris Cuomo on Tuesday after the CNN anchor uncorked a series of F-bombs at a man who called him ‘Fredo’ in public – and threatened to beat him up

'Would Chris Cuomo be given a Red Flag for his recent rant?' the president tweeted, in a reference to his advocacy for a 'red flag' warning system meant to keep firearms out of the hands of the mentally ill

‘Would Chris Cuomo be given a Red Flag for his recent rant?’ the president tweeted, in a reference to his advocacy for a ‘red flag’ warning system meant to keep firearms out of the hands of the mentally ill

The president has seemingly sat back and waited for years for an opportunity to clobber Cuomo, who is among CNN's most reliably anti-Trump personalities

The president has seemingly sat back and waited for years for an opportunity to clobber Cuomo, who is among CNN’s most reliably anti-Trump personalities

Fredo is a reference to Fredo Corleone, the fictional character from Mario Puzo's The Godfather. He was played by the late actor John Cazale (seen far right). Fellow cast members include, from left to right: James Caan, Marlon Brando, and Al Pacino

Fredo is a reference to Fredo Corleone, the fictional character from Mario Puzo’s The Godfather. He was played by the late actor John Cazale (seen far right). Fellow cast members include, from left to right: James Caan, Marlon Brando, and Al Pacino

CNN paid contributor Ana Navarro (left) mocked Donald Trump Jr. as 'Fredo' in January as Cuomo (center) sat silently and listened

CNN paid contributor Ana Navarro (left) mocked Donald Trump Jr. as ‘Fredo’ in January as Cuomo (center) sat silently and listened

CNN paid contributor Rick Wilson (right) called conservative Republican Rep. Devin Nunes (not pictured) 'the Fredo of the Republican Party' in March

CNN paid contributor Rick Wilson (right) called conservative Republican Rep. Devin Nunes (not pictured) ‘the Fredo of the Republican Party’ in March

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

Cuomo tweeted 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.

‘This is an entitled, rich, spoiled little brat whose only call to fame is being his daddy’s son,’ Navarro said of the younger Donald Trump.

‘He didn’t even make the cut that his brother-in-law and sister did, to be part of the Oval Office and the White House staff. Daddy kept Fredo back home. So who cares what Donald trump Jr. says?’

During anchor Anderson Cooper’s March 19 broadcast, moderate Republican strategist Rick Wilson referred to conservative congressman Devin Nunes as ‘the Fredo of the Republican Party.’

Social media accounts run by an independent YouTube journalist known as ‘Brandon’ posted video of the encounter with Cuomo, The video, filmed on a cell phone camera, first surfaced on a YouTube program called ‘THAT’S THE POINT with Brandon,’ hosted by Charles Brandon Recor.

It shows an angry Cuomo berating a man for referring to him as ‘Fredo.’

‘Punk-a** b****es from the right call me Fredo,’ Cuomo says in the video.

‘My name is Chris Cuomo. I’m an anchor on CNN. Fredo is from The Godfather. He was a weak brother. And they use it as an Italian aspersion. Any of you Italian? It’s a f***ing insult to your people. It’s an insult to your f***ing people. It’s like the N-word for us. Is that a cool f***ing thing?’

Donald Trump Jr. mocked Cuomo as 'the dumb brother' on Twitter after Trump 2020 campaign adviser Katrina Pierson, who is African-American, blasted Cuomo for comparing the nickname 'Fredo' to the 'N'-word

Donald Trump Jr. mocked Cuomo as ‘the dumb brother’ on Twitter after Trump 2020 campaign adviser Katrina Pierson, who is African-American, blasted Cuomo for comparing the nickname ‘Fredo’ to the ‘N’-word

Cuomo was enraged by being called 'Fredo' which he says is an ethnic slur against Italians

Cuomo was enraged by being called ‘Fredo’ which he says is an ethnic slur against Italians

As the argument grew more heated, a number of people got in between Cuomo and the hecklers

As the argument grew more heated, a number of people got in between Cuomo and the hecklers 

Another man who was with the Trump supporter Cuomo confronted remarks: ‘You’re a much more reasonable guy in person than you seem to be on television.’

Cuomo responds: ‘If you want to play, we’ll f***ing play. If you’ve got something to say about what I do on television, then say it.’

The man in the glasses says: ‘We don’t want any problems.’

Cuomo replies: ‘You’re gonna have a f***ing problem. ‘He’s a little different on TV’ – don’t f***ing insult me like that!’

The man in the glasses says: ‘I didn’t insult you.’

Cuomo replies: ‘You called me ‘Fredo.’ It’s like if I call you a punk b**ch. You like that?’

The man insists that he believed Cuomo’s name was Fredo.

‘You know my name’s not f***ing Fredo,’ Cuomo tells the man.

‘I thought it was,’ he replies.

A spokesperson for CNN said the network supports Cuomo (seen above in New York in December). ‘Chris Cuomo defended himself when he was verbally attacked with the use of an ethnic slur in an orchestrated setup,' the network said

A spokesperson for CNN said the network supports Cuomo (seen above in New York in December). ‘Chris Cuomo defended himself when he was verbally attacked with the use of an ethnic slur in an orchestrated setup,’ the network said

Donald Trump Jr, the president’s eldest son, slammed Chris Cuomo, tweeting: ‘Hey, @ChrisCuomo, take it from me, “Fredo” isn’t the N word for Italians, it just means you’re the dumb brother.’

Donald Trump Jr, the president’s eldest son, slammed Chris Cuomo, tweeting: ‘Hey, @ChrisCuomo, take it from me, ‘Fredo’ isn’t the N word for Italians, it just means you’re the dumb brother.’

Conservative commentator Sean Hannity, Cuomo's rival on Fox News, came to Cuomo's defense

Conservative commentator Sean Hannity, Cuomo’s rival on Fox News, came to Cuomo’s defense

Cuomo later threatens to ‘f***ing ruin your s**t.’

‘I’ll f***ing throw you down these stairs like a f***ing punk,’ Cuomo says.

The man then threatens legal action against Cuomo, who invites him to ‘take a swing.’

Onlookers arrive and try to calm the situation. One person not seen in the video appears to place his hands on Cuomo in an attempt to de-escalate the matter.

‘Watch your f***ing hands,’ Cuomo says.

At least one person comes in between Cuomo and the man with the glasses.

Cuomo says to the man: ‘I’ll f***ing wreck your s**t.’

The man continues to insist that he thought ‘Fredo’ was Cuomo’s real name.

Cuomo does not accept the explanation, saying: ‘You didn’t know what you were saying, right?’

On the YouTube page where the clip first appeared, it is claimed that the man in the video believed that Cuomo’s real name was Fredo because that’s how conservative radio personality Rush Limbaugh refers to him.

The man in the video is said to be an avid listener of Limbaugh’s show.  

The video went viral on Monday, with the term ‘Fredo’ being one of the most trending topics on Twitter.

Donald Trump Jr, the president’s eldest son, slammed Chris Cuomo, tweeting: ‘Hey, @ChrisCuomo, take it from me, ‘Fredo’ isn’t the N word for Italians, it just means you’re the dumb brother.’ 

One conservative commentator who came to Cuomo’s defense was Sean Hannity, Cuomo’s rival on Fox News.

‘I say good for Chris Cuomo,’ Hannity tweeted late Monday. ‘He’s out with his 9 year old daughter, and his wife, and this guy is being a jack*** in front of his family. 

‘Chris Cuomo has zero to apologize for. He deserves the apology,’ Hannity wrote.  



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