Rep. Michael Grimm Threatens Reporter, Later Apologizes (VIDEO)
Matt | On 30, Jan 2014
You would think something as routine as the State of the Union speech wouldn’t get heated. This year, you may just be wrong.
After President Obama’s speech to the joint session of Congress, individual members fan out to the media outlets to give their take on what happened. Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) spoke with NY1 — a local TV outlet in New York City.
Once he gave his thoughts on Obama’s speech, Grimm was ready to wrap it up. The reporter, Michael Scotto, decided to ask another valid question about a federal investigation into the campaign fundraising of Grimm.
That’s when Grimm lost it.
With the cameras still running and mics hot, Grimm threatened Scotto by saying he would throw him off the balcony under the Capitol Rotunda. Grimm then said he would break Scotto in half “like a boy.” Clearly, the Staten Island Congressman didn’t want to talk about the trouble he faces.
On Wednesday, as expected, Grimm apologized to Scotto and it was accepted. I understand that. My question is that as a sitting member of Congress was Grimm really going to throw him off of the balcony? I’m surprised that those types of open threats would even be in Grimm’s vocabulary.
The exchange was odd and unnecessary to say the least. I’m glad Scotto got his apology because he was truly doing his job.