After a reportedly heated meeting with New York City Mayor-elect Eric Adams (D), Newsome over the reinstatement of its controversial plainclothes anti-crime units that de Blasio did away with, leading to a massive spike in crime. Newsome was incensed when the new mayor made it clear they would once again be activated and he threatened:
“If they think they are going back to the old ways of policing, then we’re going to take to the streets again. There will be riots, there will be fire, and there will be bloodshed.”
The NYC BLM Leader, Hawk Newsome appeared with Dan Bongino for an interview, and for the first ten minutes, everything seemed to be congenial until Bongino asked Newsome if he denounced violence. That’s when everything went off the rails.
“You don’t want riots, right? You don’t want riots, correct? And violence? I just want to get you on the record.”
“I’m going on the record right now. As Dr. [Martin Luther] King said, riots are the voice of the unheard. It’s a natural occurrence that if people continue to be traumatized and oppressed they will lash out.”
Newsome then invoked the Boston Tea party and described it as a riot. Bongino brushed him off and once again asked him if he condemned violence. Newsome said that he would not condemn violence because he believes in self-defense.
Bongino then asked once again.
“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?”
In response, Newsome invoked 9/11, and asked Bongino whether he supported responding to those terrorist attacks peacefully.
“OK, I’ll give you this,” Newsome said. “I don’t condone it, I don’t promote it, but I will not condemn it.”
Newsome then took his earpiece out and ran off the set after calling Bongino a coward.