On Thursday, President Donald Trump replied to a Black Lives Matter leader threatening to “burn down this system” unless the United States “give[s] us what we want,” by saying he wants “treason, sedition,” and “insurrection.”
This Black Lives Matter leader said, “If this country doesn’t give us what we want, then we will burn down this system & replace it.” This advocates violence & anarchy. I hope that governors & mayors will take steps to restore law & order in our cities. https://t.co/y2ycNGcpKG
— Franklin Graham (@Franklin_Graham) June 26, 2020
BLM Leader: ‘We will burn down the system and replace it’
Greater New York Black Lives Matter President Hawk Newsome told Fox News on Wednesday that if the country “doesn’t give us what we want, then we will burn down this system and replace it.”
“If this country doesn’t give us what we want, then we will burn down the system and replace it. All right? And I could be speaking figuratively, I could be speaking literally,” Newsome told Fox News host Martha MacCallum.
He added, “Wow, it’s interesting that you would pose that question like that because this country is built upon violence. What was the American Revolution, what’s our diplomacy across the globe? We go in and we blow up countries and we replace their leaders with leaders who we like.”
Rioters in a Washington tear down statue, cops ordered to watchhttps://t.co/ahFEgpPWoE
— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) June 20, 2020
“It’s a matter of interpretation,” he continued. “Let’s be very real and let’s observe the history of the 1960s. When black people were rioting, we have their highest growth in wealth, in property ownership. Think about the last few weeks. Since you started protesting there have been eight cops fired across the country.”
President Trump responded to Newsome by tweeting: “Black Lives Matter leader states, ‘If U.S. doesn’t give us what we want, then we will burn down this system and replace it’. This is Treason, Sedition, Insurrection!”
Black Lives Matter leader states, “If U.S. doesn’t give us what we want, then we will burn down this system and replace it”. This is Treason, Sedition, Insurrection!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 25, 2020
Newsome’s tweet comes as Black Lives Matter activists have continued to protest the death of George Floyd, an African American who died while in police custody in Minneapolis on Memorial Day.
— New York Post (@nypost) June 25, 2020