CNN’s Chris Cuomo might have an anger issue.
The TV host was like a “boiling pot” when he was confronted for not quarantining himself after telling viewers that he had contracted the coronavirus, a Long Island, N.Y., bicyclist told Fox News on Friday night.
“It was Easter Sunday evening, it was chilly and cold,” David Whelan said in appearance on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” “I grew up about 1,000 feet from where he [Cuomo] is building his new house, which is nothing but a steel frame [at this point].
“I go by, down the trail that runs past where his new structure is being built and there’s a bunch of people there,” Whelan said. “I’ve been riding for seven or eight miles, take a little break, and am just walking. And a woman says ‘May I help you?’ I said ‘No, I’m just looking’.”
Cuomo announced March 31 that he had tested positive for coronavirus, and Whelan said after her recognized the CNN host, he asked Cuomo if he had the coronavirus and was supposed to be in self-quarantine.
“I think his next words were, ‘What the hell do you know about this? What do you know about the rules?’,” the cyclist said.
Whelan told host Tucker Carlson that his daughter is a physician at Johns Hopkins University and he has become accustomed to noticing and calling out violations of social distancing guidelines.
“He continued to come closer and closer, and I would like to say he’s like a boiling pot, you could see his head,” Whelan recalled. “He was just getting more and more angry. And I said, ‘So are you gonna lose your temper like you did on the guy at Shelter Island?’”
Whelan told Carlson that after a few moments of Cuomo venting at him, Whelan wanted to “move on” with his ride. …
He claimed no one in the group with Cuomo had gloves or masks, but said he understood the family likely has “cabin fever” like much of America.
“But he [Cuomo] told me he was going to meet me, and he goes ‘You are going to meet me over this, you will meet me again over this’. At that point, he’s now getting about 40 feet away,” Whelan said.
When Carlson asked Whelan whether he had been tested for coronavirus after coming in contact with an infected person, Whelan responded that testing tends to be for privileged people like Cuomo, whose late father, Mario Cuomo, was a governor of New York, and whose brother Andrew Cuomo is the state’s current governor.
“For most normal people, you can’t get tested,” Whelan said. “I made my own mask weeks ago, I hit it with alcohol every day.”
Cuomo has had some blowups before. At a private event last year in the Hamptons, Cuomo was caught on tape spewing profanity at a man who called him “Fredo,” a reference to the weak, younger Corleone brother in “The Godfather.” At the time, Cuomo claimed he was the victim of an anti-Italian slur and appeared to threaten to “throw [the man] down [a flight of] stairs” and “f—ing ruin [his] s–t.”