‘You’re trying to bait me’: BLM leader walks out of interview with Dan Bongino

A recent program on the Fox News Channel ended with a Black Lives Matter leader walking off the set, Breitbart reports. 

The incident took place Saturday on the set of Dan Bongino’s Unfiltered. There, Bongino interviewed activist Hawk Newsome, who happens to be the co-founder of Black Lives Matter in New York.

Background

New York City’s incoming mayor is Eric Adams, and for those unfamiliar with the new mayor, he is a former police captain for the New York Police Department (NYPD).

Adams, as New York City’s mayor, will work to cut back on the skyrocketing spike in violent crimes happening in New York City. Newsome, in response, recently issued a threat to Adams.

“If they think that they’re going to go back to the old ways of policing, then we’re going to take to the streets again,” Newsome said. “There will be riots, there will be fires and there will be bloodshed.”

Adams responded by saying that he is “not going to be intimidated by anyone.” The new mayor added that New York City “is not going to be a city of riots, it is not going to be a city of burning.”

This is, more or less, where Bongino’s interview with Newsome picks up. Bongino asked Newsome to respond to Adams. Newsome did so by referring to Adams as “someone who doesn’t want to be held accountable.”

“Isn’t that cowardly?”

While the two covered a range of related topics, things got heated when Bongino confronted Newsome on his threats of rioting, which Newsome referred to as oppressed people lashing out.

Bongino asked Newsome, “Do you condemn riots and burning down buildings?” Newsome replied:

No. What I’ll say is, I understand when a police officer unjustifiably kills someone, why people lash out. I understand that completely. I’m not going to condemn, nor am I going to condone it.

At this point, Bongino suggested to Newsome that it was “cowardly” to not take a stand one way or the other. “You seem to talk a lot of junk and then when I put you on the spot you won’t answer a damn question,” he said. “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 it?”

The two men went back and forth, but Newsome refused to either “condone” or to “promote” such violence. And so, Bongino, again, suggested to Newsome that he was being “cowardly.”

At that moment, Newsome got up, removed his microphone, and exited the interview. As he did so, he could be heard saying, “You’re trying to bait me.”

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