Congressman Threatens Reporter After State of the Union Interview: ‘I Will Break You in Half’ (Video)

New York rep admits he “verbally took the reporter to task” in an unapologetic response to the incident

A New York congressman accosted a reporter after President Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday, reportedly threatening to throw him off a balcony on Capitol Hill.

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Republican Rep. Michael Grimm confronted the reporter, NY1's Michael Scotto, on camera, allegedly saying “I will break you in half,” according to NY1 political director Bob Hardt and video of the incident.



The congressman accosted Scott after their brief interview on Grimm's reaction to the president's speech. Scotto had attempted to ask Grimm about alleged campaign corruption, when the congressman refused to speak off topic and abruptly walked off camera.

But the camera kept rolling after Scotto tossed back to the anchors, when Grimm returned and verbally accosted the reporter (see video above).

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Grimm released the following statement shortly after midnight on Wednesday in response to the situation:

“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.”

  • Rider3

    What an ass.

  • Burphelson AFB

    Ahh, Republicans – winning hearts & minds as usual.

  • hupto

    He'll have plenty of opportunities to be a tough guy after he's sent to prison on his corruption charges.

  • Larry Weisberg

    Just impeach, censure, recall… whatever we need to do. Congress people should never act like this and should be immediately booted out.

  • Never Say You're Sorry

    I don't see what the big deal is if he did throw the reporter out the window. No one would miss another mainstream liberal mouthpiece.

    • BeResponsible

      It sounds to me like the only “mouthpiece” here is the hotheaded Republican Rep. Michael Grimm, who can't seem to control what comes out of his mouth. As the representative of an entire political party, he might reconsider the way he responds to things. Then again, this kind of behavior seems pretty characteristic of the rightwing, so this, in fact, should not be so surprising. Your statement that “[You] don't see what the big deal is if he did throw the reporter out the window” says a lot. Therefore, I'll say to you what needs to be said to that pitiful excuse of a man representing the Republicans: watch your words, Little Man.

      • Never Say You're Sorry

        I am rarely if ever described as little (6-1, 200) so unless you are an NBA power forward you're wide of the mark on that one. Secondly, you can say what you want about the right wing but I've noticed you liberals have recently gone out of your way to muzzle free speech. I guess after you revoke the Second Amendment you're going to go after the First Amendment. Things have come full circle since the 1950s when you fellow traveler types were complaining about having to renounce Communism in front of congressional committees and whining to the ACLU your First Amendment rights were violated.

    • Steve Janas

      The sad thing, ‘Never Say You're Sorry,’ is that your attitude pretty much sums up the Republican party these days. Anyone who thinks differently from you is a “liberal,” and therefore anything you do to him (like throwing him off a balcony for doing his job) is OK. That kind of demonizing of others is very worrisome – it's how the NAZI party built its power, by recruiting right-wing reactionaries who longed for some mythological ‘golden age’ in the past. The standard plan is to find a scapegoat, someone to blame for why the country isn't this golden place it once was. For the NAZI's, it was the Jews who were at fault. For today's version of the NAZI's, the right-wing Republicans, it's the “liberals.”

      • Never Say You're Sorry

        Janas: Did you think of the whole comparison of the Republicans with the Nazis all by yourself? You should be commended for your originality if nothing else. If I remember correctly Sir Winston Churchill was considered pretty reactionary by American standards but was also one of the two worst enemies the Nazis had. Maybe we should talk about some of the US veterans of that war who you might consider reactionary: Senator Barry Goldwater (R-AZ), Senator Strom Thurmond (R-SC)- – both Major Generals in the Air Force Reserve; then there are General Douglas MacArthur, LT General George S. Patton, Fleet Admiral Ernest B. King. I could go on and on. I really think you need to do more research than just watching Hogan's Heroes because clearly you don't understand the subtleties of politics. The Hapsburgs for instance were considered very reactionary but certainly not by the Nazis who put their heirs in concentration camps.

  • jj

    psychopathic scum

  • eva

    Its not about “oh, its only a reporter or that the reporter must be a liberal because he asked the congressman about corruption! The congressman is quoted “I verbally took the reporter to task and told him off, because I expect a certain level of professionalism and respect” So threatening someone is his idea of professionalism, courtesy . Where are good morals and manners (which I believe the congressman's parents must have taught him). Should we threaten anyone for questioning us! NO! The same goes for any democrat, republican, liberal, tea partier, dog, cat, rat and worm including the “good” congressman!!!

  • Simone

    another idiot BULLY GOP MEMBER……you guys are a joke. Grimm is an asshole. he should be ashamed……i believe based on his over-the-top actions he IS GUILTY of FRAUD. at least we know he's guilty of being a creep…..AND I WOULD HAVE NO PROBLEM TELLING THIS TO HIM TO HIS BULLY'ASS FACE ! What a little dick punk!!!!!!

  • John Wiggins

    The actions of a dying breed. Why are Republicans lying thugs such as
    Grimm and Christie. Overweight white whales, all talk; no action. Grimm, after the manner in which he acted had the gall to say he deserved respect. Respect for what, being a fat, lazy, overpaid servant of the people. Respect is earned, not just given for being a jerk.