GOP Congressman Physically Threatens NY1 Reporter in Post-SOTU Interview
WATCH: GOP Rep. Grimm Physically Threatens NY1 Reporter in Post-SOTU Interview
Well, it looks like Wednesday could be a tough PR day for Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) after the lawmaker got in the face of a NY1 reporter who attempted to bring up corruption allegations during a post-State of the Union interview.
For the last question of the interview in the Capital Rotunda, reporter Mike Scotto brought up allegations of corruption in Grimm’s campaign financing. This prompted the Republican lawmaker to cut short the interview, declaring that he will only talk about the topic at-hand.
Scotto then turned to camera to report that Grimm had declined to respond to the allegations. At that point, the lawmaker returns on-screen, this time getting close to Scotto’s face.
Much of their exchange is inaudible, with Scotto clearly asserting that his question was valid.
“You’re not a man,” Grimm can be heard telling the reporter at one point. “I could break you in half.”
NY1’s political director alleged, via Twitter, that Grimm had also threatened to throw Scotto off the balcony:
— Bob Hardt (@Bobmagic01) January 29, 2014
Watch the incident below via NY1:
UPDATE: Grimm released a statement that isn’t quite an apology, via:
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