Heated on-air exchange ensues between Dan Bongino and BLM co-founder

Sparks flew this weekend during an episode of Dan Bongino’s Fox News program, Unfiltered, when the host interviewed Black Lives Matter co-founder Hawk Newsome, and things got so heated that the guest ultimately pulled off his audio equipment and walked out of the shot, as Mediaite reports.

It was just last week that Newsome went public with a warning for New York City Mayor-elect Eric Adams, who has pledged the return of plainclothes crime-fighting police units eliminated in the wake of 2020’s racial unrest, as the New York Post noted.

“If they think they are going back to the old ways of policing, then we’re going to take to the streets again,” Newsome vowed, adding, “There will be riots. There will be fire, and there will be bloodshed.”

Bringing Newsome on his primetime Fox News show to discuss those comments, Bongino opened their discussion by asking, “Do you condemn riots and burning down buildings after a police use-of-force incident you don’t like?”

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,” as Fox News noted, adding, “I’m not going to condemn, nor am I going to condone it.”

Bongino, himself a former New York City police officer and U.S. Secret Service agent, did not take kindly to that response, firing back, “Isn’t that cowardly? ‘I’m not going to condemn it, but I’m not going to condone it – so I don’t want to take a stand?’”

Pressing Newsome further, the popular network personality continued, “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 it?”

Following additional fiery back-and-forth in which Newsome said Bongino was preventing him from speaking and the host again labeled his guest’s answers “cowardly,” Newsome pulled his audio wire and ended the conversation by saying, “God bless you man. I’m outta here.”

Kudos to Bongino for shining a light on Newsome’s willingness to stoke the flames of racial violence and for laying bare his utter inability to offer any legitimate justification for the destructive lawlessness the group he represents continues to foment.