Hawk Newsome Neither Condemns Nor Condones Violence In Response To Perceived Racism

Black Lives Matter prances around with near impunity as they still make threats of violence. Hawk Newsome was recently on Fox News talking to Dan Bongino, and the exchange got pretty heated.  

After meeting with newly elected New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D-NY), Newsome stated, “If they think they’re going back to the old ways of policing, then we’re going to take to the streets again. Riots, fire, and bloodshed are all on the agenda.”

January 6th Capitol rioters are still in jail while Newsome makes bold threats of burning down the city and “bloodshed.” Okay, great.  

Newsome was talking about Adams implementing police measures such as undercover units. A former police officer, Adams, stated that he would be tougher on crime in New York City now that the police department has been defunded and crime has increased.

Adams said, “I’m going to put in place a plainclothes gun unit. We must zero in on gun violence in our community.”  

That’s certainly not an unreasonable statement to make as the newly elected mayor, considering the rise in crime in New York City. There’s been a total of a 2.6% increase, with felonious assault increasing 18.5% and robbery increased by 6%.  

The back and forth consisted of Bongino trying to get Newsome to admit that he doesn’t want riots in the streets or condone the behavior.  

In one part, Bongino said, “You don’t want riots, right? You don’t want riots, correct? And violence? I want to get you on the record.” 

Protests are indeed a form of lashing out, but what we saw in 2020 was much more than that. The actions didn’t reflect the freedom of speech, and many steps broke the law.  

The interaction came close to an end when Bongino asked Newsome to condemn violence. He had asked several times, and Newsome finally said, “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.”  

That leaves a lot open from the statements Newsome made earlier after he met with Adams. 

Newsome tried to use 9/11 as a reference for violence but didn’t get the point across whatsoever. The exchange ended with both of them calling each other cowardly.