Video: GOP Congressman goes Dolph Lundgren at reporter

posted at 8:41 am on January 29, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Let’s just get this out of the way, shall we? Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) offered a response to the State of the Union speech to NY-1, which sounds like business as usual — except that a probe has begun into Grimm’s campaign finances, which so far is both unresolved and not directly connected to Grimm himself. Under those circumstances, though, NY-1 thought it would be a good time to not just provide Grimm with a platform for his response, but also to ask him about the investigation.

Grimm disagreed … emphatically. And in one of the biggest boneheaded moves in politics in recent memory, he disagreed emphatically by threatening the reporter with violence while the camera was still rolling:

“So Congressman Michael Grimm does not want to talk about some of the allegations concerning his campaign finances,” Scotto said before tossing back to the station. But as the camera continued to roll, Grimm walked back up to Scotto and began speaking to him in a low voice.

“What?” Scotto responded. “I just wanted to ask you…”

Grimm: “Let me be clear to you, you ever do that to me again I’ll throw you off this f—–g balcony.”

Scotto: “Why? I just wanted to ask you…”

[[cross talk]]

Grimm: “If you ever do that to me again…”

Scotto: “Why? Why? It’s a valid question.”

[[cross talk]]

Grimm: “No, no, you’re not man enough, you’re not man enough. I’ll break you in half. Like a boy.”

Needless to say, NY-1 wants an apology, but Grimm so far thinks he was entirely justified:

Grimm later issued a statement saying he was “extremely annoyed” with Scotto and doubted he was the “first member of Congress to tell off a reporter.”

NY1 political director Bob Hardt demanded a “full apology” from Grimm.

Is that how it works? You find someone “extremely annoying,” and that means you can threaten to throw them off balconies and break them in half “like a boy”? (Where did Grimm get that metric, anyway?) That might work really well in professional wrestling, where Grimm might see his career path leading after this incident, but in politics it’s usually considered bad form. And uttering these threats into a live microphone while the reporter’s camera is broadcasting back to the studio is nothing short of idiotic.

Next year, let’s just have one Republican response, please.


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I’ll throw you off this f—–g balcony.”

– Former Marine, U.S. Marshall, & FBI Agent.
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He probably could.

diogenes on January 29, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Some good entertainment from the Democratic Underground on Grimm:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014712195

An example:

These crazies really pose a threat to the President

He should have to resign.

JetBoy on January 29, 2014 at 10:56 AM

meh, when I found out he’s from the Peter King wing of the GOP…eff ‘im

DanMan on January 29, 2014 at 10:58 AM

These crazies really pose a threat to the President World.

He Barky should have to resign.

This makes much more sense

NOMOBO on January 29, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Who does this guy think he is? Chris Christie?

portlandon on January 29, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Rep. Michael Grimm threatens reporter
1m
Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., declines to answer reporter questions as he shows up for farm bill vote – @edatpost
end of bulletin

canopfor on January 29, 2014 at 11:03 AM

Next year, let’s just have one Republican response, please

There was only one official response this year, as always. But you can’t complain because individual Congressmen get asked by local reporters for their reaction.

And given the way the establishment GOP has refused to accept the Tea Parties, it’s perfectly appropriate to have a separate Tea Party response.

It does seem a little strange — and arrogant — to have a separate Rand Paul response every time, though. While it’s perfectly appropriate for him to give his reaction, it seems like he’s trying to make it a quasi-official Republican response, which comes across as grandstanding.

There Goes the Neighborhood on January 29, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Really, the problem is not so much with the elected representatives, it is with the people who elect, re-elect, re-elect….again and again.

Long ago, in a land far, far away I had faith in the American electorate to correct their mistakes. That faith has completely eroded in the recent past. Look at who keeps getting re-elected: Pelousy, Greed, SCOAMF, Schmuck Choomer, for G-d’s sake Alan Grayson and so many more. The destruction thy wreek on our society and government is so obvious and consistent to any voter with more than half a brain. And that is the problem, the electorate no longer has even half a brain.

Rudyard Kipling was prescient when he penned Gods of the Copybook Headings. But rereading it I have come to realize that the Gods of the Marketplace are only elevated to that status on society’s demand.

NOMOBO on January 29, 2014 at 11:11 AM

He’s from NY. This is to be expected. No biggie.

Texas Zombie on January 29, 2014 at 11:16 AM

C’mon Grimm, this is how you end an interview.

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=d1d_1311030429

or maybe like this

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v60oNUoHBYM#t=22

HumpBot Salvation on January 29, 2014 at 11:17 AM

Next year, let’s just have one Republican response, please.

Apparently, these were brought to us from the same people that thought is was a great idea to have 525 Republican primary debates in 2012.

They started in 2011, actually.

Moesart on January 29, 2014 at 11:18 AM

He’s a Republican.

I’m sure the media will handle him in a fair, not-sensationalist manner.

Moesart on January 29, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Stupid… amusing… but stupid.

Karmashock on January 29, 2014 at 11:25 AM

It does seem a little strange — and arrogant — to have a separate Rand Paul response every time, though. While it’s perfectly appropriate for him to give his reaction, it seems like he’s trying to make it a quasi-official Republican response, which comes across as grandstanding.

There Goes the Neighborhood on January 29, 2014 at 11:05 AM

I’d rather hear 100 genuine responses from Rand Paul than a single self serving, lie-filled response from the GOP leadership’s pick.

besser tot als rot on January 29, 2014 at 11:28 AM

The Congressman does kind of look like a Grimm. But I would think a Hexenbiest would look a bit more threatening

There Goes the Neighborhood on January 29, 2014 at 10:47 AM

The reporter looked like he could be a Mauzhertz (mouse) Wesen.

That threat was stupid and indefensible even if it hadn’t been on camera. Thank God that Grimm isn’t a conservative.

fadetogray on January 29, 2014 at 11:29 AM

It could have been worse … He could have broken down sobbing like our fearless leader, John Boehner.

besser tot als rot on January 29, 2014 at 11:29 AM

He shouldn’t have threatened him. But you know if he was a democrat, he would be publicly absolved of any wrongdoing by his peers and this incident would be thrown under the rug very fast by the media.
Since he is Republican, we will be probably be hearing about it for days, possibly weeks, as evidence of how hateful and violent Republicans(Conservatives, Christians, Tea-partiers, anyone else they can throw in there who doesn’t agree with democrats) are.

Sterling Holobyte on January 29, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Who cares? He’s a New Yorker and they all have an arrogance and manner that most of us find annoying.

tomshup on January 29, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Meh, don’t apologize. The thugs on the left say/do all they want, then issue half-azzed apologies. Has Wendy Davis apologized for her gang, which ridiculed a paraplegic? No.

I don’t care if she does, or this dude does. Plus, the incident is minor, compared to what all happened in congress over the years. It’s just now on TV. I think it should go way more viral :) It’s time for more circuses.

Next year, let’s just have one Republican response, please.

I agree. The woman from WA was nice but a disaster in style and lack of substance.

Lee, by himself, would have been superb.

Schadenfreude on January 29, 2014 at 11:36 AM

“I’ll throw you off the the f*cking balcony…
live on the air!
F*ck it!.
We’ll do it live!
We’ll do it live!!’

verbaluce on January 29, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Michael Grimm, time for you to go…

JohnGalt23 on January 29, 2014 at 8:45 AM

I ache for your nom, and so does the real John Galt :(((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((

Schadenfreude on January 29, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Dude, he’s a GRIMM….what the hell did you expect??? Don’t any of you guys watch television!?!? That reporter is lucky he still has his head on his shoulders! :)

KMC1 on January 29, 2014 at 11:40 AM

In what bizarro world do you live in? When did Obama threaten a reporter with violence?

libfreeordie on January 29, 2014 at 9:03 AM

Fool, the woman from CBS who reports accurately on Benghazi…her computers are full of threats…the reporter from the NYT, the reporter from Fox, and etc.

Schadenfreude on January 29, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Because you’re a massive hypocrite, who will call the Obama Administration thuggish while wishing for Republicans to threaten reporters doing their jobs with bodily harm.

libfreeordie on January 29, 2014 at 9:11 AM

Nah, I want both sides to get really thuggish, really…iron with iron thuggish.

On your “threaten reporters…with bodily harm”, if it would have been a leftie you’d have said “can’t you be more nuanced, rubes?”.

Schadenfreude on January 29, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Righties are such sissies.

Schadenfreude on January 29, 2014 at 11:44 AM

verbaluce on January 29, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Yeah, verbie!!!

“Until then it’s all hyperbole, rubes” — any erudite leftist

Schadenfreude on January 29, 2014 at 11:45 AM

It’s not all bad. MSM stopped talking about Huckabee.

matthew8787 on January 29, 2014 at 11:45 AM

It appears the House GOP is about to cave on amnesty (which Ed supports) and the debt ceiling increase. Always wear white undies just in case you lose your surrender flag.

bw222 on January 29, 2014 at 9:59 AM

Don’t forget the ins. co. bailout funding under oaf’care’.

Pelosi, 2015, Jan., fully earned.

The RINOs deserve to learn a tough lesson and they will.

Better to see total destruction/ashes, than more of these fools on display. YOU traitors of the land/constitution need to finally hurt, and yours too, badly.

Schadenfreude on January 29, 2014 at 11:47 AM

thug.

sesquipedalian on January 29, 2014 at 11:51 AM

sesqui, you should not talk about “thugs”.

Schadenfreude on January 29, 2014 at 11:58 AM

There’s a perfectly logical explanation for what Grimm did.

He had just gotten done having his intelligence insulted over and over by “president” Obama’s state-of-the-union lecture, so he was pretty emotionally scarred and his nerves were all raw and jagged when he got out of there.

Grimm’s mind was ready to snap at the slightest provocation. The reporter could have asked him any question and Grimm still would have threatened him with harm.

“Mr. Grimm, who do you think will win the Super Bowl on Sunday?”

“Why you little turd-shaped piece of pond scum. I’ll f**kin’ kill you and everybody at your stinkin’ TV station who looks like you — right after I get done breaking your body in two and throwing you off this balcony.”

I totally relate to what Grimm was feeling. After the SOTU, I turned to my wife and said, “Honey, let me break you in two and throw your body off our balcony.”

She helpfully pointed out that we don’t have a balcony.

So I said, “I’ll build one.”

She said, “You can’t. Only government can build it. And I don’t think they’ll build one for you if the only reason you want it is to show your displeasure with Obama.”

She had me there. But to make a long story short, let’s not be too hasty in judging Mike Grimm. The man had just been subjected to horrific psychological torture.

FlameWarrior on January 29, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Is NY1 and/or Michael Scotto going to press charges?
If not, why?

Tsar of Earth on January 29, 2014 at 12:17 PM

Is NY1 and/or Michael Scotto going to press charges?
If not, why?

He should get a medal…

sandee on January 29, 2014 at 12:23 PM

If any Congressman did that to me, my initial thought would be please please please let me beat the living ßhit out of you.

After which I suppose I’d take a deep breath and just make sure his threats were recorded or witnessed so I wouldn’t have to risk getting arrested for assault with intent to kill or sued for his hospital bills.

Seth Halpern on January 29, 2014 at 12:30 PM

The GOP has given its members lessons on how to talk to women. Sounds like it might be time for them to give their members lessons on how to talk to men. Jesus Christ.

Stoic Patriot on January 29, 2014 at 12:33 PM

If any Congressman did that to me…

Seth Halpern on January 29, 2014 at 12:30 PM

That’s why I think they should press charges. We’ve caught one of the Royals misbehaving.
Need to set an example.

Tsar of Earth on January 29, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Well, except for her :(
http://www.sddp.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/13959932_BG11.jpg

Seth Halpern on January 29, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Sometimes ya jus gotta slap a ho….

Which is pretty much what all the leftist media is.

dentarthurdent on January 29, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Scotto probably wet his pants and that does not bother me.

Sherman1864 on January 29, 2014 at 2:09 PM

I’d have more respect for him if he actually did it.

aquaviva on January 29, 2014 at 2:39 PM

thug.

sesquipedalian on January 29, 2014 at 11:51 AM

I thought getting punched in the face is “good for your character,” sesqui?

Remember, there are “forms of violence (you) actually condone.”

Oh, wait, you’re a massive hypocrite. Sorry bout that. :(

Good Solid B-Plus on January 29, 2014 at 2:42 PM

I like how the reporter responds to this death threat with only “but it’s a valid question!”

Like.. I guess if it wasn’t a valid question then he could understand why he should be thrown off the balcony.

Now.. I was wondering.. what is the penalty for threatening a congressman? You know.. you get in some congressman’s face and threaten to break him or her in half and throw their body off a balcony.. would that get you any jail time? A fine? A visit by the Capital police? If you apologized would all be well?

JellyToast on January 29, 2014 at 2:51 PM

One thing, Freedom of the Press gives the press the mentality they can be a belligerent prick without consequence, so in not having seen the video and not giving that much of a crap about it to actually watch it, I’m going to go ahead and say it was over the top, but I’m sure there’s history and the reporter earned a threat of some sort.

Pure speculation and bias on my part because I hate the media.

Sponge on January 29, 2014 at 2:59 PM

It gave the MSM another one to bang Rs over the head with. It’s the lead on the cnn site. The NE repubs needs to sit down and shhhhhhhhhhhhh… stop talking please. Sit down, hush up and let mid America take the lead. You embarrass us every time. Christie, Grimm, O’donell, Mitt “I <3 LBJ" Romney … We have been trying to win the senate for almost 10 years and the NE moderates sc*w us up every time.

BoxHead1 on January 29, 2014 at 3:13 PM

NY-1 is the Eastern end of Long Island (the Hamptons, et al) and is represented by a Democrat (who says the Democrats are the Party of the Working Man?).
Grimm represents NY-11, which is Brooklyn.

Another Drew on January 29, 2014 at 3:16 PM

OT – and a fading thread so I’m gonna rant.

Why does the NE have so much sway over R politics? They suck at retail politics. They sound like obnoxious swindlers to the rest of us. They don’t vote republican (the states are blue!!!). They say stupid things far more then their southern, midwestern counterparts. They switch parties when convenient.

Collins, snowe, the loser Brown, Christie, Specter,lincoln chaffee, Grimm, Peter King, Bloomberg, Castle and on and on …. a clown car. Didn’t Guiliani just excuse Hillary on Benghazi in an attempt to defend CHristie?
http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/01/13/Giuliani-Trades-Benghazi-IRS-Scandal-to-Save-Christie

Why are the republicans lead along by the nose with NYC money. It’s a democrat’s town. Shouldn’t Dallas or Phoenix be the center of R power and influence? Just a thought and a real question. I don’t understand why the NE has such a dominant say in R politics.

BoxHead1 on January 29, 2014 at 3:35 PM

Say, do millennial’s even know who Dolph Lundgren is?

HopeHeFails on January 29, 2014 at 3:43 PM

He breaks boys in half?

John the Libertarian on January 29, 2014 at 4:02 PM

Had high hopes for Grimm. But he has been morphing into Peter King the last year. Good riddance.

KMav on January 29, 2014 at 5:47 PM

Do you know what the word “violence” means?

libfreeordie on January 29, 2014 at 9:20 AM

Why yes…yes, we do…

“…3. any unjust or unwarranted exertion of force or power, as against rights, laws, etc. … 6. a distortion of meaning or fact.”

Per canopfor’s post, even those right wing crazies at the NY Times “condemned the Obama administration for threatening press freedom” in the Rosen situation.

A related word is “violate”, which is “4. to do violence to.”. As in “violate the Constitution”.

Obama doesn’t just do violence to reporters, he does violence to us all. He does violence to the Constitution every time he opens his mouth. He wouldn’t know an enumerated power if it fell on his Harvard-evacuated melon. Obamacare is one big act of violence against our right to control our own health care. He does violence to the religious who don’t want to pay for other people’s contraception. He does violence to organizations who oppose him, he’s just too big a wuss to do it himself, so he does it through bureaucratic agencies.

Obama is the most violent president in American history.

jmad on January 29, 2014 at 6:35 PM

Say, do millennial’s even know who Dolph Lundgren is?

HopeHeFails on January 29, 2014 at 3:43 PM

I’m not a millenial and I wish I didn’t. His name in a movie on cable? I know I can skip that one.

Racist

blink on January 29, 2014 at 6:02 PM

SepticSorePig probably doesn’t get just how on target your post is.

CWchangedhisNicagain on January 29, 2014 at 6:37 PM

Does Libfree even have his GED?

vi·o·lence [vahy-uh-luhns] Show IPA
noun
1.
swift and intense force: the violence of a storm.
2.
rough or injurious physical force, action, or treatment: to die by violence.
3.
an unjust or unwarranted exertion of force or power, as against rights or laws: to take over a government by violence.
4.
a violent act or proceeding.
5.
rough or immoderate vehemence, as of feeling or language: the violence of his hatred.

CWchangedhisNicagain on January 29, 2014 at 6:52 PM

Next year, let’s just have one Republican response, please.

Where’s the HotAir coverage of the tea party response?

bluegill on January 29, 2014 at 7:18 PM

Do you know what the word “violence” means?

libfreeordie on January 29, 2014 at 9:20 AM

See also: sodomy

Murphy9 on January 29, 2014 at 9:40 PM

HEY ED – HOW MANY TIMES DID YOU POST OR COVER THIS?:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v60oNUoHBYM

williamg on January 30, 2014 at 1:44 AM

I ache for your nom, and so does the real John Galt :(((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((

Schadenfreude on January 29, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Normally I only have to use this question on kids watching cartoons and women too into their soap operas.

But, you do realize that John Galt (and Bugs Bunny and JR Ewing, for that matter) was a fictional character, right…?

JohnGalt23 on January 30, 2014 at 2:41 AM

Throw this POS out of Congress!

redware on January 30, 2014 at 5:42 AM

Pretty much the personality of every Stat Rat ive ever had the displeasure of dealing with.

bloviator on January 30, 2014 at 6:05 AM

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