CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, one of the network’s primetime anchors, appeared with fellow network host, Don Lemon, on Tuesday evening and made some controversial remarks about fellow network news regulars at competing (or rather winning) network, Fox News.
Cuomo, who aligns himself with a group that calls for peace, even while being violent, talked about how much he wanted to “choke” and “punch” his critics at the Fox News Channel.
This extreme and aggressive response from the well-documented emotionally volatile brother of New York’s governor was firmly dissed by Fox News host Tucker Carlson who exposed Cuomo for going maskless and not social distancing while in public. Carlson, as he is apt to do, called out what he considered to be hypocrisy in Cuomo, who has been staunchly in support of policies like his brothers, that have crippled the economy, left the elderly to die along and put many out of jobs and even permanently out of business.
The outburst was prompted when Lemon asked him about how Cuomo believed they should contend with his “detractors” over on “state television,” which is how they reference the Fox News Network.
“Naked choke,” Cuomo burst out. “A punch to the sternum.”
The anchor’s choice of falling back on physical violence caused Lemon to contradict him, saying he felt the best plan was to ignore what the network had to say about them.
“Okay, so it turns out Chris Cuomo doesn’t think he should have to wear a mask outside,” Carlson said earlier in the evening, showing photos of the CNN anchor in a crowded area without a mask, standing much closer than the recommended six feet apart.
“Masks are great, they have their place, surgeons wear masks in operating rooms, people were masks in elevators and crowded stores, good for them, it probably helps. We’ve been arguing that for six months,” he said.
“Standing on the White House balcony, Trump was a human bioweapon, a WMD. It was immoral and Chris Cuomo would know precisely how immoral it was because he has done it himself,” he reminded viewers.
Carlson’s monologue was likely prompted by Cuomo’s own diatribe against President Donald Trump over his return to the White House where he removed his own mask from the balcony above reporters.
‘There he is, hair blown majestically. Reshooting the scene for his own ad,’ said Cuomo, adding ‘What a bunch of bull****.’
‘He didn’t just walk in the White House one time with no mask tonight. He had his video crew capture that stupid scene again so he could put out propaganda,’ he said.
Benny Johnson, Chief Creative Officer for Turning Point USA, took to Twitter to call out Cuomo over his criticism of Trump:
“CNN’s Chris Cuomo, who: broke quarantine while COVID positive, got into a fight with a biker without a mask, likely infected his family with the virus, faked his emergence from his basement on air…
“Is offended that President Trump took his mask off on his balcony,” Johnson said.
Other conservatives had similar assessments of Cuomo’s choice of topic for his broadcast earlier in the week.
“Chris Cuomo was out in public while infected with COVID, got into an altercation with someone, yelled at them WHILE COVID + and had a police report filed on him. Please tell us more you [clown],” one Twitter user wrote.
Carlson and others have done their best to support small business owners, shift workers and other “non-essential” members of the economy who have been put on the sidelines with little relief for their economic downfall.
The network has also largely sided with the president that COVID-19 isn’t as deadly as Democrats would have us believe. Note that it’s not what they seem to believe because as Carlson pointed out about the inconsistencies at the largely liberal network:
“Again, we don’t judge Chris Cuomo. Chris Cuomo judges us.”