‘Coward’ The leader of the Black Liberation Movement clashes with Dan Bongino and refuses to condemn the disturbances.
The Black Lives Matter leader who predicted "bloodshed" if police reform is not implemented in New York City stormed out of a Saturday night interview with Fox News' Dan Bongino after being dubbed a "coward" for refusing to condemn riots.
Hawk Newsome, co-founder of the New York BLM, battled with the conservative commentator during a heated argument regarding riots and destruction in the Big Apple in response to police use-of-force events.
Bongino, a former New York City Police Department officer, questioned the BLM leader if he denounced the "riots and burning of buildings" that have occurred in the aftermath of police-involved shootings that surged in New York last year.
“No. What I'll say is that I understand why people lash out when a police officer murders someone unjustifiably. "I absolutely understand," Newsome stated, adding, "I am not going to criticize or condone it."
Bongino responded by accusing him of being "cowardly" and unable to answer questions when pressed — despite the fact that he spoke a "lot of nonsense."
"Do you condone or condemn acts of violence?" You're dispersed. Simply denounce violence and the destruction of property. How difficult is it?" As Fox's host stated.
After protesting that Bongino was not giving him an opportunity to respond, Newsome equated BLM protests to the US government's response following 9/11.
"So, when Osama bin Laden struck the World Trade Center, did you advocate for a peaceful resolution?" As a result of what Newsome claimed, Bongino argued that the terrorist attacks had nothing to do with the rioting in New York City.
"All right, I'll give you this," Newsome said. I do not condone or support it, but I will refrain from condemning it."
He then abruptly ended the interview, telling Bongino, "You're baiting me."
The heated exchange followed Newsome's comments last week in which he threatened "riots," "fire," and "bloodshed" if Mayor-elect Eric Adams keeps his promise to restore plainclothes anti-crime cops to combat the rise in violent crimes.
"If they believe they are reverting to the old techniques of police, we will return to the streets," Newsome had stated. "Riots will erupt. There will be fire and bloodshed."