This guy has been an embarrassment since he’s been in Congress. It’s time he goes. Look, we have as much disdain as anyone else for the media, but you cannot do this on live television.
Start writing that resignation speech, you idiot.
Rep. Michael Grimm went ballistic on a TV reporter on camera Tuesday night after the State of the Union address at the Capitol — and threatened to throw him over a balcony and “break you in half.”
The Staten Island Republican was in the rotunda of the Cannon Office Building discussing on camera the president’s speech with NY1′s Michael Scotto when the reporter tried to ask him about recent campaign-finance allegations.
Grimm stormed off, and Scotto explained that he wanted Grimm to address financial shenanigans surrounding the congressman’s 2010 campaign. Seconds later, Grimm charged back and got in Scotto’s face.
“Let me be clear to you, you ever do that to me again, I’ll throw you off this f–king balcony,” Grimm said. “You’re not man enough. I’ll break you in half. Like a boy.”
Later, Grimm insisted that the reporter “took a cheap shot” at him.
“I was annoyed. I was doing them a favor,” Grimm told The Post. “The reporter took a cheap shot at the end and I verbally took him to task. I was angry and I had every right to be.”
You may have the right to be angry, but you don’t have the right to threaten the guy. Congratulations, now you’ll be the face of the party. Moron. The following video doesn’t quite capture all the language clearly, but Grimm’s not denying any of it.
A former Grimm staffer told The Post that the congressman was a hothead who takes his rages out on journalists.
“Grimm has anger issues,” the staffer said. “This is not the first time he’s tried to intimidate a reporter.”
Update: Via Twitchy, this makes sense:
Reminder: Before politics, former Marine Michael Grimm was undercover FBI agent "Mikey Suits" in the Gambino family. http://t.co/8vAOP6Bl6n
— Robert A. George (@RobGeorge) January 29, 2014
Plus updated video here.