On Tuesday, my RedState colleague Nick Arama wrote about a wild rant Chris Cuomo went on on Monday during his Sirius XM show.
The CNN host, who was diagnosed with the Wuhan coronavirus earlier this month, bitterly complained about his job about his anchor duties at the cable news network, stating “I don’t like what I do professionally. I don’t think it’s worth my time.”
During that same segment, Cuomo also talked about an Easter Sunday encounter with someone who he called a “jackass, loser, fat-tire biker” who allegedly confronted him from a distance about why he was outside with his family and not quarantining in the basement. Let’s quickly recap what Cuomo said about the person (language warning):
“I don’t want some jackass, loser, fat-tire biker being able to pull over and get in my space and talk bullsh*t to me, I don’t want to hear it,” Cuomo said while lamenting his profession doesn’t allow him to tell his critics to “go to hell.”
“I want to be able to tell you to go to hell, to shut your mouth,” Cuomo continued. “I don’t get that, doing what I do for a living … me being able to tell you to shut your mouth or I will do you the way you guys do each other.”
“Here I am in an almost powerless position against this a**hole because I’m a celebrity and he’s allowed to say whatever he wants to me,” he added.
Well, two days after the encounter and one day after Cuomo went off on him on his radio program, the New York Post reported that the bicyclist filed a police complaint against Cuomo after his program aired and the news reports circulated.
The man, who says his name is David and who claims to be a lifelong Democrat and a supporter of Cuomo’s brother Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), gave his version of events on what allegedly happened Sunday:
The 65-year-old longtime resident said he was just out for a bike ride before Easter dinner when he spotted who he thought was Chris Cuomo on property he says the CNN anchor bought in East Hampton last year. The acreage is still being developed; a steel frame for its future house is all that’s up at the moment, David said.
David said Cuomo was with his wife, another woman and three kids who were playing around on the property.
The resident said he stopped and sat on his bike “well over a hundred feet” from the property.
“I just looked and said, ‘Is that Chris Cuomo? Isn’t he supposed to be quarantined?”
David said the woman who looked like Cuomo’s wife came over to him and said, “May I help you?”
He said he replied, “I’m riding my bike” — then started asking why Cuomo was there out of quarantine and not social-distancing from the group.
He said Cuomo then started toward him, coming to within about 40 feet.
“He said, ‘Who the hell are you?! I can do what I want!’” David said. “He just ranted, screaming, ‘I’ll find out who you are!’
“I said to him, ‘Your brother is the coronavirus czar, and you’re not even following his rules — unnecessary travel,’” the resident said.
“He just began to boil more.
“He said, ‘This is not the end of this. You’ll deal with this later. We will meet again.’ If that’s not a threat, I don’t know what is,” David said.
Ok. The first thing I thought when I read this was that this guy David sounds obnoxious. LOL.
Secondly, Cuomo has at the very least confirmed he was outside Sunday even though he said Tuesday he still can’t shake the fever he has from the virus.
So why was he outside? I don’t doubt his diagnosis, but aren’t you supposed to be indoors away from family at all times if at all possible? He’s talked about on his TV show and radio program about how he’s stuck in the basement, but he took a stroll outside Sunday, I guess.
In any event, this all sounds very “New York” to me, with people yelling at each other from across the street. No offense intended to our New York readers. 😉
“David” told the Post that he’s not planning on pressing charges against Cuomo unless he “gets any more feeling that this guy’s a threat to me.”
In the meantime, out of an abundance of caution Cuomo really should stay in that basement until his fever has broken and he’s gotten the all clear from his doctor. Just sayin’.