Congressman threatens to throw reporter off balcony, break him in half
In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama called for a “year of action.” Shortly after the speech, Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) took those words to heart in an interview with NY1 Capitol Hill reporter Michael Scotto.
Grimm, a former FBI agent, has been part of an ongoing federal investigation in connection with illegal campaign fundraising, and after Scotto attempted to transition from questions about the SOTU address to the current investigation, Grimm cut him off and walked off camera. Then he came back. NY1 posted this transcript of what happened next:
"What?" Scotto responded. "I just wanted to ask you..."
Grimm: "Let me be clear to you, you ever do that to me again I'll throw you off this f-----g balcony."
Scotto: "Why? I just wanted to ask you..."
Grimm: "If you ever do that to me again..."
Scotto: "Why? Why? It’s a valid question."
Grimm: "No, no, you're not man enough, you're not man enough. I'll break you in half. Like a boy."
Grimm, who does look an awful lot like Ray Liotta, quickly issued a statement, claiming he was “annoyed” at Scotto for straying off topic, adding that “I doubt that I am the first Member of Congress to tell off a reporter, and I am sure I won’t be the last.”
Twitter, of course, had some fun with it.
Rep. Grimm delivered the only GOP response anyone will remember tomorrow.— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) January 29, 2014
Rep. Grimm should know if you break a reporter in half that just makes more of them because they reproduce asexually.— pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) January 29, 2014
Robert Hardt, NY1's political director, is asking for a "full apology" from Grimm.
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