New York Republican congressman Michael Grimm confronted a local reporter following Tuesday’s State of the Union after initially walking out on the interview. Irked by an off-topic question, the congressman threatened to throw the NY1 reporter off of the balcony.
“Let me be clear to you, you ever do that to me again I’ll throw you off this f***ing balcony,” Grimm said, according to a transcript. “I’ll break you in half. Like a boy,” he added.
Since the incident, Grimm has released a statement explaining his actions:
“I was extremely annoyed because I was doing NY1 a favor by rushing to do their interview first in lieu of several other requests. The reporter knew that I was in a hurry and was only there to comment on the State of the Union, but insisted on taking a disrespectful and cheap shot at the end of the interview, because I did not have time to speak off-topic. I verbally took the reporter to task and told him off, because I expect a certain level of professionalism and respect, especially when I go out of my way to do that reporter a favor. I doubt that I am the first Member of Congress to tell off a reporter, and I am sure I won’t be the last.”
UPDATE: Scotto tweeted that Grimm called him to apologize and that he “overreacted” on Tuesday night.
@repmichaelgrimm called to apologize. He said he “overreacted.” I accepted his apology.— Michael Scotto (@mikescotto) January 29, 2014