McCain neither explicitly defended nor criticized Cuomo, who angrily says, “I’ll f****** ruin your s***. I'll f****** throw you down these stairs" in video footage of the confrontation. She did, however, insist that “not one woman in ALL of media” would get away with having an “obscenity-filled tirade” caught on camera. Though critics, including the president, have called for Cuomo to face repercussions for his reaction to the heckler, a CNN spokesperson says “we completely support him.”
“Men get to be tough and swear,” McCain tweeted, while “women are ‘unhinged.’”
However you feel about Chris Cuomo’s behavior today, there’s not one woman in ALL of media who could be filmed in public on an obscenity filled tirade and be supported by their network and public the way he is right now. Men get to be tough and swear, women are “unhinged”...
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 17: Chris Cuomo attends the 2017 Turner Upfront at Madison Square Garden on May 17, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 28: Chris Cuomo attends the 2015 HELP USA's Hero Awards Dinner at Cipriani 42nd Street on May 28, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Mack/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 12: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Chris Cuomo attend The Robin Hood Foundation's 2015 Benefit at Jacob Javitz Center on May 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 18: Chris Cuomo attends the 2014 CNN Heroes: An All Star Tribute at American Museum of Natural History on November 18, 2014 in New York City. 25214_002_0765.JPG (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage for CNN)
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 613 -- Pictured: (l-r) Journalist Chris Cuomo during an interview with host Seth Meyers on November 22, 2017 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Chris Cuomo attends the 10th Annual Stand Up For Heroes Show at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on November 1, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Debra L Rothenberg/FilmMagic)
EAST HAMPTON, NY - JUNE 03: Eric Gunhus, Bebe Neuwirth, Christina Greeven Cuomo, and Chris Cuomo attend the 2017 Dancers for Good Benefit at the Ross School Court Theater on June 3, 2017 in East Hampton, New York. (Photo by Sonia Moskowitz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 05: (L-R) Bob Woodruff, Amanda Martino, Senior Airman, Air National Guard, Active and CNN anchor Chris Cuomo attend The New York Comedy Festival and The Bob Woodruff Foundation present the 8th Annual Stand Up For Heroes Event at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on November 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for New York Comedy Festival)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 02: Chris Cuomo arrives for premiere of the movie 'The Man in the Iron Mask' at the Ziegfeld Theater. (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 28: (L-R) Noah Galloway, Jamie Boyd and Chris Cuomo attend the 2015 HELP USA's Hero Awards Dinner at Cipriani 42nd Street on May 28, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Mack/FilmMagic)
Julie Chen, Matt Blank, CEO of Showtime and Chris Cuomo (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/WireImage)
John Quinones, Cynthia McFadden and Chris Cuomo from Primetime Live (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
Jeff Sachs, Chris Cuomo and Greg Bello at the Screening of the movie 'Love & Sex' hosted by Famke Jannsen at Ted Fields House at Goose Creek in the Hamptons. (Photo By: Richard Corkery/NY Daily News via Getty Images)
PARADISE ISLAND, BAHAMAS - NOVEMBER 04: (L-R) Chris Cuomo, Cristina Cuomo and Chef Jose Andres attend the weekend opening of The NEW ultra-luxury Cove Resort at Atlantis Paradise Island on November 4, 2017 in The Bahamas. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for The Cove, Paradise Island)
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While many agreed with her point, plenty of commenters backed Cuomo or claimed that McCain and fellow female conservatives like Laura Ingraham deserve whatever negative attention they receive. Others accused her of trying to make the Cuomo case about her.
Meanwhile, Cuomo has since issued a mea culpa of sorts, saying he “should be better than the guys baiting me.”
Appreciate all the support but - truth is I should be better than the guys baiting me. This happens all the time these days. Often in front of my family. But there is a lesson: no need to add to the ugliness; I should be better than what I oppose.