Yesterday morning in back and forth texts with my brother about the Fredo insult that turned sanctimonious scold Chris Cuomo into Roidrage Pottymouth, my brother asked me how long before they blame Trump.
I texted back: “Now that Trump has tweeted about it, I’m sure it’s coming.”
And right on schedule, the Washington Post obliged me.
How Fredo, the tragic “Godfather” character, became an insult wielded by Trump https://t.co/pZX1AxDq3m— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) August 13, 2019
If the Fredo insult is being “wielded” by President Trump, you’d think there would be gobs of tweets that reflect that.
So, since I’m not the Washington Post and like to check the facts first, I did a search on President Trump’s Twitter to see how many times he “wielded” the Fredo insult.
Guess how many times?
More than a hundred?
Once. One time.
And when did he finally use the Fredo insult against Chris Cuomo?
Yesterday at 8:38 am.
President Trump quote retweeted the video of Roidrage Pottymouth with this comment:
“I thought Chris was Fredo also. The truth hurts. Totally lost it! Low ratings @CNN.”
So in other words, this Fredo insult that the Washington Post claims Trump has been “wielding” has never been “wielded” by President Trump until after that video went viral. And then, Trump “wielded” it a sum total of one time.
Except the one and only time Trump has tweeted the name Fredo was today AFTER this whole mishegas. So how exactly is it a Trump insult?— Dianny 🇺🇸(@DiannyRants) August 13, 2019
Fact is, in the “Who has been ‘wielding’ the Fredo insult” competition, CNN is way, WAY ahead of President Trump.
The Post’s idiotic article also makes the silly claim that the Fredo insult is an “ethnic slur” — which is probably why they’re trying to hang it around Trump’s neck.
Check out these three ‘graphs from the article that fall under the heading “The ‘slur’” and you’ll see just how off the deep end the WaPo is willing to go to portray the Fredo insult against Roidrage Pottymouth as something far more than “weak son who got passed over because he’s dumb.”
The Post consulted with Edward Falco, the author of the prequel “The Family Corleone.” And here are some of his pearls of wisdom:
Falco said he agreed with Cuomo that “Fredo” was directed as an ethnic slur, not just meaning someone weak and incompetent but a weak and incompetent Italian. It sounds close to “guido,” he said, a more prominent insult toward Italian Americans, though he said Cuomo went “overboard” comparing it to the n-word.
I’m sorry. But what?! Just because a word “sounds like” an ethic slur doesn’t make it an ethnic slur. If I call a German guy a “lout,” it isn’t an ethnic slur just because “Lout” sounds like “Kraut.”
Clearly the WaPo didn’t consult Edward Falco because he’s an expert on anything.
“Italians have a history in this country that includes a lot of oppression and derision,” Falco said, including as a class of subjugated immigrants.
Yeah, and? So do the Irish. That doesn’t make the Fredo insult an ethnic slur, genius.
In 1891, soon after 11 Italian American men were killed and mutilated by a mob in New Orleans, the New York Times published an editorial calling them “sneaking and cowardly Sicilians” and “a pest without mitigations.”
And that has exactly what to do with Donald Trump or Chris Cuomo?
Come on, talk about reaching.
If anything, the WaPo managed only to paint the New York Times of the late 19th Century as bigoted, not Donald Trump.
But of course they want to find a way to blame Trump for this.
After all, the news media blame Trump for everything else, so why not blame him for an insult that has been floating around for years but never used by him until yesterday morning?
Democracy dies in Darkness, y’all.
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