CNN anchor Chris Cuomo viciously attacked Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Wednesday night and appeared to challenge him to a fight.
During a segment on CNN’s “Cuomo Primetime,” Cuomo began discussing advertisers boycotting Carlson’s Fox program over comments he made earlier this month about illegal immigration.
Carlson said that mass immigration makes America “poorer and dirtier,” among many other things during his segment.
Cuomo took issue with this and launched a bevy of insults toward Carlson.
“Is he really talking about human beings that way?” Cuomo said.
“I don’t ordinarily play hateful speech on the show, but it’s important for people to see what someone’s trying to pass off as news,” he added.
CNN’s Don Lemon, who was ending his show and speaking with Cuomo before his program began, said Fox News hates “CNN because we’re actually talking about real news and the Mueller investigation and what’s actually going on.”
“People have been trying to divide this country on the basis of the us and the them for a long time,” Cuomo said. “What Tucker Carlson does is not new, and you said he’s your colleague. I worked at FOX News. It was my first real job in this business. I worked for Roger Ailes.
“I don’t consider him my colleague. I think the Trump trio are in a different business than the one that I’m in. They have different tactics. They have different reasons for doing it, and they have different goals of what they’re trying to do so I don’t consider him a colleague,” he said.
“It doesn’t mean he doesn’t have the right to say it, but so do advertisers have the right to respond to what he says. Same thing for us,” Cuomo said.
Things then got more intense, with Cuomo appearing to insinuate a physical altercation with Carlson.
“I guarantee you in person he’s not going to be that loud and proud, you know, puppy dog puss,” Cuomo said, which certainly came across as a challenge.
“I don’t care what advertisers do… but the idea of saying that we are forced, they’re forcing us to take in these people, who’s ‘they’? Who’s us? That’s what we need to stop,” he said.
Cuomo’s comments on Wednesday came a few weeks after he grossly accused President Donald Trump of using language similar to former dictators who killed innocent people.
Cuomo claimed that Trump has “whipped up as much xenophobia and conflict as he can,” adding that the president’s only message is that “Democrats are Evil” and that the “media is the enemy of the people.”
“Again, that is a phrase propagated by Stalin, used by Hitler. The president says he’s a nationalist. Again, we know where this comes from, and it’s painful, especially to the ears of those who fled and fought the Nazis like the 11 Jewish people massacred this past weekend,” he said.