CNN personality Chris Cuomo was indefinitely suspended by the network this week amid revelations that his involvement on behalf of his brother, ex-New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, during a sexual misconduct scandal was deeper than his initially acknowledged.
Former President Donald Trump wasted no time celebrating the news that Cuomo, who built a reputation as a fierce opponent of the ex-president, would not be on the air anytime soon.
“Fredo is gone!”
Cuomo’s suspension came on the heels of a new report issued by New York Attorney General Letitia James, which determined that the host used his contacts and sources to dig up dirt on his brother’s accusers.
That level of assistance is a far cry from what the younger Cuomo had initially admitted to providing his disgraced brother and led to an immediate backlash on social media.
In a statement released through his political action committee, Trump asserted: “Great news for television viewers, that have just suspended Chris Cuomo indefinitely!”
Trump went on to question whether decision was based on Cuomo’s “horrendous ratings” or the latest scandal involving his brother, concluding: “Probably both.”
Using a nickname for Cuomo based on Michael Corleone’s dimwitted brother in The Godfather, Trump wrote: “In any event, Fredo is gone!”
“Shed new light on Chris Cuomo’s involvement”
The CNN host has previously taken exception to that epithet, declaring it anti-Italian and going so far as to compare it to using the N-word to disparage Blacks.
In announcing its decision to suspend the on-air personality, CNN wrote: “The New York Attorney General’s office released transcripts and exhibits Monday that shed new light on Chris Cuomo’s involvement in his brother’s defense. The documents, which we were not privy to before their public release, raise serious questions.”
The network noted that Cuomo previously acknowledged that “he had offered advice to his brother’s staff” in violation of applicable workplace rules but did not divulge the extent of his involvement.
Although his indefinite suspension clearly reflects the severity of the case, it is not enough to convince some of Cuomo’s harshest critics that CNN is taking the situation seriously enough.
Many such political pundits and social media users have called on the network to fire Cuomo for his unethical behavior, which they assert is antithetical to the role of anyone in the field of journalism.