After refusing to answer a reporter's question after Tuesday night's State of the Union address, New York Rep. Michael Grimm launched into a threatening verbal attack, all of which was caught on camera.
Scotto, was finishing an interview with Staten Island Republican Michael Grimm about the State of the Union when he decided to ask one more question. What that question was is unclear because Grimm immediately cut him off saying "I'm not speaking about anything that is off-topic. This is only about the President's speech." The reporter then spoke to the camera saying that he hoped to ask Grimm about the ongoing campaign finance investigation around his 2010 campaign. Grimm has been linked to an allegedly corrupt Israeli rabbi and his ex-girlfriend has been indicted on charges of being a straw donor among other controversies.
Grimm walked away then immediately returned, probably because he thought the reporter was done and the camera was off. Not quite.
The two had a heated back-and-forth that was barely audible while the camera was still running. In a fuller transcript posted by NY1, Grimm said "Let me be clear to you, you ever do that to me again I'll throw you off this f——-g balcony." Scotto interjected, saying that he had "a valid question." The New York Republican then responded by saying "No, no, you're not man enough, you're not man enough. I'll break you in half. Like a boy."
Grimm has apparently already issued a non-apology apology statement:
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