A Black Lives Matter leader suggested that a Fox News host enjoys "white privilege," so her opinion on New York City Mayor-elect Eric Adams' remedies for spiking violent crime in the city is irrelevant.
Last month, Adams vowed to bring back NYPD's plainclothes unit that was disbanded in June 2020 under the de Blasio administration.
"It's about bringing back a sense of protection in our city and not the disorder we feel at this time," said Adams – a former NYPD captain. "We’re going to go after the violent crimes we’re witnessing, particularly the over-proliferation of handguns. I’m going to put in place an anti-gun unit, plainclothes, and we’re going to do precision policing and go after those gangs and gun users."
Adams noted that officers in the plainclothes unit would have bodycams on them.
Days after Adams made his declaration to revive the anti-crime unit, Black Lives Matter of Greater New York leader Walter "Hawk" Newsomethreatened consequences if the controversial NYPD unit returned.
"There will be riots. There will be fire, and there will be bloodshed," Newsome proclaimed. "There's no way we're going to let some Gestapos come in here and harm our people. We pray for peace, but black opportunities prepare for the worst."
"We have people in city council who can create problems for him," Newsome threatened. "We have people in the streets who can create problems for this administration by shutting it down."
On Thursday, Adams fired back at Newsome for his dangerous rhetoric.
"We’re not going to surrender to those who are saying, 'We’re going to burn down New York.' Not my city," Adams said at a Police Athletic League event at the Harvard Club.
Newsome continued this battle with the incoming mayor during an appearance on "The Story" on Friday. Newsome argued with Fox News host Martha MacCallum about Adams reinstituting the plainclothes police unit.
"The mayor[-elect] is engaging in a political circus. And my parents didn’t raise a clown," Newsome said of Adams. "So, I’m not here to play these circus-type political games with him."
Last month, Adams met with Newsome and members of the Black Lives Matter of Greater New York organization – a self-described group demanding "criminal justice reform, basic public safety, fair and equal access to education, jobs & infrastructure." However, the meeting ended with Newsome unsatisfied with measures the incoming mayor planned on instituting to counter surging violent crime.
Newsome told MacCallum that Adams utilized his squabble with Black Lives Matter of Greater New York to enhance his public relations with various media appearances.
"Look at what happened after we engaged in this back and forth," Newsome said. "He was on Colbert, He was on Anderson Cooper, he was on Bill Maher. I made him famous, right, for this spat we had. And if the mayor truly cared about what’s best for the city, he would’ve talked about the things we agreed upon in that meeting. But didn’t want to discuss that, Martha. He just wants the hype and the attention."
Newsome – who wore a "Critical Race Theory is American History" sweatshirt during the interview – claimed that Adams "does not have a plan."
MacCallum interjected, "He does have a plan. He's going to put the ant-crime unit police unit back on the street."
Newsome defended his position by saying, "Crime isn’t just up in New York City. It’s up around the country, so what is he going to do that's different other than talk?"
MacCallum pointed out that violent crime skyrocketed after the unit was disbanded, and noted, "21 children have been killed in the streets of New York, mostly in gang violence," citing a New York Post report from October.
Newsome responded, "Ok, there’s this thing called the Constitution. The Fourth Amendment protects us against illegal search and seizure."
Newsome then attempted to dismiss MacCallum's point of view because of her alleged "white privilege."
"But see, you don’t know what it’s like, you don’t know what it’s like to be pulled over and thrown up against walls," Newsome said, then telling MacCallum, "You live from a place of white privilege."
MacCallum brushed off the allegation, "Come on, don’t throw that at me."
MacCallum and Newsome then shouted over each other during the end of the contentious interview.
Less than a month ago, Newsome got into another heated argument during a Fox News interview. The BLM leader walked off an "Unfiltered" interview when host Dan Bongino confronted him for allegedly threatening violence.
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