When giving his response to the President’s State of the Union address, Staten Island Rep. Michael Grimm became noticeably agitated when NY1 reporter Michael Scotto began to ask a question regarding ongoing investigations of alleged improprieties regarding Grimm’s 2010 election campaign.
Before Scotto could finish a sentence, Grimm responded, “I’m not speaking to you off-topic, this is only about the president,” before walking off camera. New York Republican Physically Threatens Reporter Who Asks the Wrong Question (Video)
“So Congressman Michael Grimm does not want to talk about some of the allegations concerning his campaign finances,” Scotto said. As Scotto uttered the words “back to you,” though, Grimm charged back to the reporter. Apparently unaware the camera was still rolling, he expressed his discontent with Scotto’s audacity in even attempting to ask anything about his involvement in an alleged “donor-swapping” scheme that funneled nearly $10,000 into his campaign in the typical right-wing manner: with threats of violence and intimidation.
[box type=”shadow”]SCOTTO: “What? 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***ing 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.”[/box]
The stupid party’s latest laughingstock released a statement following the incident:
[box type=”shadow”]”I was extremely annoyed because I was doing NY1 a favor by rushing to do their interview first in lieu of several other requests. The reporter knew that I was in a hurry and was only there to comment on the State of the Union, but insisted on taking a disrespectful and cheap shot at the end of the interview, because I did not have time to speak off-topic. I verbally took the reporter to task and told him off, because I expect a certain level of professionalism and respect, especially when I go out of my way to do that reporter a favor. 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.”.[/box]
Watch the entire exchange below: