By Duncan Smith
Well, that didn’t take too long.
Earlier this week, Hawk Newsome, leader of the New York chapter of the Black Lives Matter movement, issued a very clear threat.
“If this country doesn't give us what we want, then we will burn down this system and replace it. All right?” he said during an interview with Fox News.
“And I could be speaking figuratively. I could be speaking literally. It's a matter of interpretation,” he added.
The threat drew a sharp rebuke from President Donald Trump.
“This is Treason, Sedition, Insurrection!' he 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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 25, 2020
Whether driven by fear from reprisal by the president of the United States or, more likely, a public image consultant, the national BLM movement sought to disavow Newsome this week following his comments.
The Epoch Times reported:
The Black Lives Matter Global Network distanced itself from an organizer of a Black Lives Matter group, claiming the chapter isn't officially part of the network.
'Hawk Newsome has no relation to the Black Lives Matter Global Network,' the network's managing director Kailee Scales told the Associated Press late Thursday. …
Newsome told The Epoch Times on Friday that he stepped down as the president of Black Lives Matter Greater New York to let Nupol Kiazolu take over.
He is now the chairperson of the group.
Black Lives Matter Greater New York is not an official chapter of Black Lives Matter Global Network. Scales told the Associated Press that only chapters that have agreed to adhere to certain requirements are allowed to join the network.
Newsome told The Epoch Times that Black Lives Matter Greater New York is 'dangerous for Black Lives Matter' because 'we are funded by the people, we are accountable to the people.'
'There is no financial backer that could call us and say hey, stop protesting in front of Mayor [Bill] de Blasio's house,' he said.
So, not only is their trouble in paradise, but obviously the BLM movement now has a militant faction.
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