This was by no means a hard question. But for some reason, NYC BLM Leader Hawk Newsome struggled to answer it. Fox News Host Dan Bongino had on Newsome and gave him the chance to recant his call for bloodshed. But Newsome wouldn’t give a straight answer.
Newsome had said the following after getting angry with Mayor-Elect Eric Adams for reforming the plain-clothes officers.
“If they think they are going back to the old ways of policing, then we’re going to take to the streets again,” Newsome said Wednesday after the meeting. “There will be riots, there will be fire, and there will be bloodshed.”
So Bongino figured he must have been heated and gave him a chance to clear up what appears to be a call for violence.
“You don’t want riots, right? You don’t want riots, correct? And violence? I just want to get you on the record,” Bongino asked Newsome during the interview.
“I’m going on the record right now. As Dr. [Martin Luther] King said, riots are the voice of the unheard,” Newsome responded. “It’s a natural occurrence that if people continue to be traumatized and oppressed they will lash out.”
Bongino later asked again trying to pin Newsome down to an answer.
“Do you condemn riots and burning down buildings after a police use-of-force incident you don’t like?” he asked.
“No. What I’ll say is: I understand when a police officer unjustifiably kills someone, why people lash out. I understand that completely,” Newsome responded. “I’m not going to condemn, nor am I going to condone it.”
“Isn’t that cowardly?” Bongino fired back. “‘I’m not going to condemn it, but I’m not going to condone it — so I don’t want to take a stand’? … You seem to talk a lot of junk and then when I put you on the spot you won’t answer a damn question. Do you condone violence or you condemn violence? You’re all over the place. Just condemn violence and burning of buildings down. How hard is this?”
“OK, I’ll give you this,” Newsome said. “I don’t condone it, I don’t promote it, but I will not condemn it.”
“Man, that’s just cowardly, man. That’s just cowardly,” Bongino pointed out.
Newsome then tried to get the last word in and told Bongino he was done removing his earpiece, and walking off.
Watch The Clip Below.
Dr. King was for peaceful protest. He was all about peace and love. King claimed the “nonviolent resistance the “guiding light” of his movement, yet Newsome is calling for bloodshed and violence just over the reformation of plainclothes officers. An odd person to quote when you are promoting violence.