President Trump on Tuesday suggested that CNN host Chris Cuomo is too mentally unfit to own a firearm.
Trump was responding to a viral video showing a heated confrontation between Cuomo and a Trump supporter who called him an anti-Italian slur in front of his wife and children.
“I think that what Chris Cuomo did was horrible,” Trump said. “His language was horrible. He looked like a total out-of-control animal. He lost it. And frankly, I don’t think anybody could defend him because he spews lies every night.”
According to The Washington Post, Trump recently made the 12,000th false or misleading statement of his presidency.
“I don’t know why anybody would defend him, but Chris Cuomo was out of control,” he continued. “I watched it. I thought it was terrible. So I don’t know who’s defending him. Maybe they didn’t see it. Maybe they haven’t gotten the full picture. But I think anybody that would’ve seen Chris Cuomo would have said that is a disgrace. You’ve never seen me do that.”
Trump has, in the past, offered to pay the legal fees of rallygoers if they carried out violence on his behalf.
“Well I think Chris Cuomo was so out of control that I would not have wanted to see a weapon in his hand,” Trump said, then appeared to criticize Cuomo for not punching the man. “I guess his fist is not a weapon, or he would have done something, you know he talked about it but he didn’t do anything.”
“But I think Chris Cuomo was very much out of control actually,” Trump added.
The president then spoke briefly about his plan to keep guns out of the hands of mentally ill people through expanded background checks.
Trump compares Chris Cuomo's behavior to "a total out of control animal." pic.twitter.com/WMwOIgUpSq
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