Aaaand they’re blaming Trump for the Fredo insult

Aaaand they’re blaming Trump for the Fredo insult

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.

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.

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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7 thoughts on “Aaaand they’re blaming Trump for the Fredo insult

  • August 14, 2019 at 11:51 am

    Liberal writers suffer from stultus retusus. There appears to be no known cure.

  • August 15, 2019 at 9:41 am

    I have never seen the Godfather or any other movie or TV series that supposedly characterize the Mob. So Fredo is now added to my English language. Doubt that I will ever use the term but at least it is a possible answer to a clue in a crossword puzzle, alas I’ll know the answer.

  • August 15, 2019 at 4:23 pm

    Rush Limbaugh started calling Cuomo, Fredo, a long time ago. I think he is the one who started it. I remember Rush playing the soundbite from “The Godfather”.
    “I’m not stupid! I’m smaaat!”

  • August 15, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    And if you add another “d” to Fredo, it means COLD in Italian.

    Actually, Cuomo should have just walked away, but he couldn’t because he had to retain his “asshole” name.

  • August 16, 2019 at 10:26 am

    I concur with Phill W that Rush started this years ago. It is intended as a sarcastic interpretation of Chris Cuomo being the ‘lesser’ brother of the Cuomo family. In essence to diminish Fredo’s validity……He will say anything to be ‘important’ and sound ‘smaht!’

  • August 16, 2019 at 12:31 pm

    I finally figured out Mario Cuomo’s LEGACY…he gave America two offspring losers …Andrew and Chris …. These two on a daily basis provide us with the evidence that indeed some Americans have taken undo advantage of their White Privilege while at the same time they dispel any thoughts of automatic White Superiority. Which one is the Fredo of the Cuomo Klan is anyone’s guess at any particular time.

  • August 16, 2019 at 12:35 pm

    Dianny, you should switch comments section to Disqus … it is far superior to this setup and will enhance access to your site.

    I unfortunately don’t get a commission if you switch.

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