New York Republican, Rep. Michael Grimm, threatened to “break” a NY1 reporter and throw him from the balcony after President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night.
Reporter Michael Scotto pressed Grimm for answers about the federal investigation into his fundraising, after asking about the President’s speech.
“Congressman Michael Grimm does not want to talk about some of the allegations concerning his campaign finances...” Scotto said as Grimm walked away.
At that moment, Grimm turned to Scotto and threatened to throw him off of a balcony.
When Scotto replied that the question was a valid one, Grimm insisted that Scotto was not man enough to ask it.
“I’ll break you in half,” Grimm said. “Like a boy.”
After the interview, NY1 issued a statement demanding an apology from Grimm, scolding the congressman for his behavior. However, Grimm argued that he was the victim of a cheap shot interview and declined to apologize.
Grimm added that he had agreed to interview with NY1 first and only about the State of the Union address, but instead was bombarded by questions about his fundraising.
The congressman added that he was not the first congressman to tell off a reporter, and wouldn’t be the last.