Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) is making national headlines on Wednesday after he physically threatened a television reporter from NY1 News, telling journalist Michael Scotto that he would “break him in half” and “throw [him] of this fucking balcony” after getting angry when asked a question he said was not up for discussion.
Grimm was appearing with Scotto in the Capitol Rotunda immediately following the State of the Union when the incident occurred.
Watch the video:
And here’s the transcript, courtesy of NY1:
Later, Congressman Grimm issued a statement, trying to explain what happened:
In turn, NY1 Political Director Bob Hardt released a statement of his own:
Reporting on the episode for Mother Jones magazine, reporter Ben Dreyfuss offered this tongue-in-cheek advice for Grimm:
Meanwhile, on Twitter, Grimm was being met with sharp rebuke:
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