This happened after the State of the Union Speech on Tuesday night: a reporter for the New York One station named Michael Scotto was interviewing Representative Michael Grimm R-NY, asking about a political donor scandal that has been in the news for months. Grimm flipped out and went completely thug, threatening to hang the reporter by his bootstraps or worse:
From NY1 News
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."
In a statement, Grimm said,
“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.”
What was Grimm so ticked-off about? Well . . . he's in hot water:
FBI arrests GOP congressman's ex-girlfriend http://t.co/QoDO7mGvC3— HuffPost Politics (@HuffPostPol) January 15, 2014
Someone should have had the courtesy of telling Michael Grimm that that thing on that tripod was a video camera!— Sam Seder (@SamSeder) January 29, 2014
In 16 states, NY/1 reporter Michael Scotto would have had permission to shoot GOP Rep. Michael Grimm dead last night http://t.co/DI6tMnDf4S— The Daily Edge (@TheDailyEdge) January 29, 2014
The GOP Congressman who threatened to hurl a reporter from a balcony was last in the news defending Chris Christie. http://t.co/tWQRsbFEF3— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) January 29, 2014
"It was just an honest assessment of my theoretical ability to break a person in half" -Michael Grimm tomorrow probably— Brian Beutler (@brianbeutler) January 29, 2014
Michael Grimm just set the people of Staten Island back hundreds of years— Spencer Ackerman (@attackerman) January 29, 2014
sounds like Michael Grimm had tonight's most compelling SOTU response— alex pareene (@pareene) January 29, 2014
"I'll break you in half. Like a boy." The implication being that he regularly breaks boys in half. http://t.co/zBOKzY00w6— Ian Candy Saga (@iboudreau) January 29, 2014