NY1 Reporter Responds To Congressman's Verbal Attack: ‘I Was Taken Aback’ (Video)

NY1 Reporter Responds To Congressman's Verbal Attack: 'I Was Taken Aback' (Video)

NY1's Michael Scotto revealed Congressman Michael Grimm was the angriest politician he'd ever seen.

NY1 reporter Michael Scotto appeared shaken up but responsive during an interview on MSNBC Wednesday morning after Congressman Michael Grimm cornered the young journalist and profanely threatened to toss him ”off this f*****g balcony” and break him in half “like a boy.”

Scotto acknowledged he was shocked by Grimm's aggressive behavior on Tuesday night. Grimm lunged at the reporter following a question over a brewing fundraising scandal.

“I was taken aback. I have never, you know, I'm used to people giving me pushback for questions but I was not used to something like that,” Scotto responded, clearly distressed from the situation.

“He basically came over to me, as you saw, and said that if I ever do something like that again he would throw me from the balcony and he continued to criticize, saying I really shouldn't have asked that question without giving him notice and that he had only really agreed to talk about the State of the Union address.”

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“He seemed angrier than I have ever seen a politician talk to a reporter about a question that he or she didn't like,” Scotto explained. “But he did not touch me.”

“Hey, are you going to take this further?” Morning Joe's Mika Brzezinski interjected. “It seems almost actionable.”

“It is sort of actionable,” Joe Scarborough admitted.

“No, I'm going to leave it as is,” Scotto replied. “I think the tape speaks for itself.”

Following the altercation, Grimm defended his actions.

“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,” Grimm said.

Watch Scotto's interview below:

  • Burphelson AFB

    The guy's a Republican #1, so this kind of behavior shouldn't be a surprise. And like many Republicans, he's a bully. If that reporter had been 6'4”, 220, the encounter wouldn't have happened. He pushed him around because he knows he could get away with it. Staten Island, do the right thing and recall him.

  • Mariam Mary Dalores Ziadeh

    Whatever the case he should of been professional and stood up to the question instead of acting like a punk and being a bully he is a jerk from long island and should of just answered the question the reporter was asking him

  • BB53

    Break him in half like a boy???
    Sounds like a little homo-erotica there. Did the Congressman let more than one cat out of the bag?