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President Trump has openly claimed a Black Lives Matter leader in New York has committed “treason, sedition, [and] insurrection.”

Taking to Twitter, Trump tweeted: “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!”

The president followed his initial tweet with one that lambasted the group’s intentional targetting of police officers.

“Told that NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to paint the fabled & beautiful Fifth Avenue, right in front of Trump Tower/Tiffany, with a big yellow Black Lives Matter sign,” he wrote. “‘Pigs in a Blanket, Fry ‘Em Like Bacon,’ referring to killing Police, is their chant. NYC Police are furious!”

The pair of tweets were in reference to a Fox News interview with Black Lives Matter for Greater New York leader Hawk Newsome.

During the interview, Newsome contended that violence has become a necessary part of the group’s platform as lawmakers have yet to pass any major reform.



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As the Daily Wire reports, Fox News host Martha MacCallum started the interview when she aired a video of Black Lives Matter and violent demonstrations they have orchestrated.

She said: “Obviously people watch what you say in that video, that you now want to shove legislation down people’s throats now that you have everyone’s attention, and you also have said that violence is sometimes necessary in these situations. What exactly is it that you hope to achieve through violence?”

Newsome responded:

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 blow up countries and we replaced their leaders with leaders who would like. So for any American to accuse us of being violent, it’s extremely hypocritical.

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It seems to be the hypocrisy of America that when black people start talking about arming themselves and defending themselves, the talk is violent, but when white people grab assault rifles and go to our nation-state capitals, it’s all good.

MacCallum then pressed Newsome on talks that he and Black Lives Matter members have threatened to “burn it down.”

“The only reason I posed that first question to you the way that I did it, I watched you talking on a bunch of different interviews today and you said, ‘burn it down,’” she said per the Daily Wire. “You said it, ‘burn it down, it’s time.’ So that makes me think that you want to ‘burn it down.’”

“If this country doesn’t give us what we want then we will burn down the system and replace it,” Newsome explained. “All right. And I could be speaking figuratively, I could be speaking literally. It’s a matter of interpretation. Like let’s be very real and observe the history of the 1960s. When black people were rioting we have their highest growth and wealth and property ownership.”

He continued: “When people get aggressive and they escalate their protests, cops get fired, now, you have police officers, you have Republican politicians talking about police reform,” said Newsome. “I don’t condone nor do I condemn rioting, but I’m just telling what I observed.”

“I just want black liberation and black sovereignty, by any means necessary,” he concluded.

H/T: The Daily Caller