The State of the Union? Heated. Hell, some might say it's downright hostile.
At least for Republican Representative Michael Grimm, who threatened a reporter after President Barack Obama's SOTU address last night. And it wasn't even a subtle threat either: The Staten Island representative told NY1's Michael Scotto he would throw him off a "f--king balcony."
After the Tea Party-supported congressman commented on the president's speech, Scotto tried to turn the conversation to a federal investigation into Grimm's campaign fundraising. "I'm not speaking about anything that's off topic," Grimm cut him off. "This is only about the President's speech tonight. Thank you." And then he stormed out of the interview.
Which is, sure, kind of rude, but fair enough.
Scotto turned back to the camera and signed off, saying, "So congressman Michael Grimm does not want to talk about some of the allegations concerning his campaign finances. We wanted to get him on camera on that, but as you saw he refused to talk about that."
Grimm stormed back into frame and got in Scotto's face, saying, "Let me be clear to you. If you ever do that to me again, I'll throw you off this f--king balcony."
Let us clarify a few things here: The "that," apparently, is asking a very fair question of a politically elected official. But don't do "that" unless you want to go splat in Congress.
Grimm continued unintelligibly ranting as Scotto defended himself, before saying, "You're not man enough, you're not man enough. I'll break you in half. Like a boy." and storming off again.
The video quickly went viral and Grimm was forced to release a statement. We say "statement" and not apology, because he did not apologize. "I was extremely annoyed because I was doing NY1 a favor by rushing to do their interview first in lieu of several other requests," he tried to defend himself.
He continued, "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."
Which does not explain, justify or apologize for threatening to throw someone off a balcony.
Because get this:
"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," he concluded. "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."
The reporter deserved it!
Obviously, Grimm had to release another statement later, actually apologizing, "I was wrong. I shouldn't have allowed my emotions to get the better of me and lose my cool. I have apologized to Michael Scotto, which he graciously accepted, and will be scheduling a lunch soon."
@repmichaelgrimm called to apologize. He said he "overreacted." I accepted his apology.? Michael Scotto (@mikescotto) January 29, 2014
Just pick a lunch place on the ground level, Scotto. Because this is nuts.