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Black Activists Slam Chris Cuomo's 'Fredo' Comparison

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Townhall has well covered Chris Cuomo's complete meltdown and ignorant comparison of the term "Fredo" to the N-word from Sunday. On Wednesday, leaders of the black conservative non-profit Project 21 sent out statements slamming the news anchor for his "confused" belief that the insult created by "The Godfather" movies was somehow in any way on the same level as what many say is the worst word in the English language. 

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Cuomo was recorded on Sunday screaming at a group of young men who called him "Fredo" in front of his family. He said, "[Fredo] was a weak brother. And [people] use it as an Italian aspersion. Are any of you Italian? Are you Italian? It's a f--king insult to your people. It's an insult to your f--king people...It’s an insult to your people...It’s like the N-word for us...Is that a cool f--king thing?" (emphasis added). Cuomo also threatened to throw these "punks" down the stairs and "ruin their sh*t."

In the wake of his attack, numerous people have debated whether he acted appropriately or not. However, leaders from Project 21, "a leading voice of black conservatives for over 25 years," slammed the news anchor for his remarks. 

"Chris Cuomo is confused," said Project 21 member and frequent  Townhall contributor Deroy Murdock. "'Fredo' refers to Fredo Corleone, the weak and deceitful son in a novel and film called 'The Godfather.' In other words, 'Fredo' is a fictional character. Cuomo once compared himself to Fredo, by name, on air. Meanwhile, the n-word is a vicious anti-black epithet and arguably the ugliest expression in the English language. CNN's Chris Cuomo is confused, but even he should understand this distinction."

"This is America in 2019. CNN has a white man of wealth and privilege who hails from a prominent political family. He claims he's the victim of a very questionable slur," Project 21 member Christopher Arps said in an emailed statement. "This is liberal logic."

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Other Project 21 members echoed these claims, such as Rich Holt. Holt said Cuomo's rant was nothing more than the embodiment of the leftist viewpoint. 

"This is just another example of the prevailing attitude among liberals that any kind of criticism of any kind is an overt act of bigotry and racism," Holt added. "The entire purpose of CNN these days seems to be the promotion of the worldview of liberalism – which is a political theory based on victimhood and division."

Indeed, Cuomo's worldview indicates that any verbal attack on him or his profession is the "equivalent" of the N-word. In February 2017, Cuomo apologized for saying "fake news" was the N-word for journalists.

The video of Cuomo's reaction can be seen here:

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