(Washington, DC) – You’ve just sat through Tuesday’s State of the Union address that lasted for more than an hour. The address was delivered by a member of the opposition party. The address was delivered by someone who you believe is a Muslim, not a Christian. The address was delivered by someone who you believe wasn’t born in the United States, but rather in Kenya. And the address was delivered by someone who rammed legislation through Congress that is so hateful and harmful that you’ve joined your colleagues over 40 times in voting to repeal the law. How else can you top a grim night such as this?
If you’re Michael Grimm (R-NY), you threaten to kill a reporter. While the cameras are rolling.
Before running for Congress in 2009, Grimm served both in the Marines and as an undercover FBI agent. This congressman, needless to say, has no problem saying what’s on his mind.
So, after the State of the Union, Grimm was being interviewed by Michael Scotto, a reporter for NY1 cable news, on a balcony at the Capitol. After asking about reactions to the address, Scotto had the nerve to ask about an ongoing investigation into Grimm’s alleged campaign finance abuses. Grimm stormed away from the reporter.
He should have kept walking.
After Scotto finished the official news take, Grimm returned and began threatening him.
“Let me be clear to you. If you ever do that to me again, I’ll throw you off this [expletive] balcony.”
Scotto protested, and Grimm continued, “No. No. You’re not man enough. You’re not man enough. I’ll break you in half. Like a boy.”
Grimm later referred to Scotto as disrespectful and unprofessional, which is true because every member of Congress has, at one time or another, threatened to throw a member of the media to their death from that very balcony.
“Representative Grimm was also confused by the camera,” said a Grimm spokesman, speaking on condition of anonymity. “He didn’t know what the red light meant. He figured it meant ‘slow down’ but in reality the camera was still rolling. Now he can’t claim that his comments were taken out of context. Can you understand why he’s so upset?”
After a night and morning of criticism from both ends of the political spectrum, and both main political parties, Grimm reluctantly called Scotto and apologized, saying he overreacted.
“In spite of other anger-related incidents, such the gun-toting incident in 2000, Representative Grimm understands that the incident should never have happened … on camera,” claimed his spokesman, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Scotto has since accepted Grimm’s apology, and even accepted a lunch invitation. “Mr. Scotto looks forward to having lunch with Congressman Grimm,” said a NY1 spokesman, speaking on condition of anonymity. “Grimm initially suggested meeting on the 86th floor of the Empire State Building, but instead they’ll be going on a picnic somewhere in the deep woods of Westchester County. Just the two of them. What’s the worst that can happen?”