Trump Slams BLM Leader's Threat to America: 'This is Treason, Sedition, Insurrection'
Black Lives Matter leader threatened to 'burn this system down' if demands are not met
President Donald Trump has dropped the hammer on Black Lives Matter leader Hawk Newsome after the activist made threats toward America earlier this week.
On Thursday, President Trump responded to BLM's New York leader threatening to “burn down this system” unless the United States “give[s] us what we want.”
Trump came down harshly on Newsome, accusing him of “treason, sedition,” and “insurrection.”
In a Wednesday interview with Fox News, Newsome warned the American people that, if the country “doesn’t give us what we want, then we will burn down this system and replace it.”
Newsome was asked by The Story host Martha MacCallum about the violent rhetoric made by himself and other Black Lives Matter activists amid the recent unrest that has been sweeping America.
BLM has been the driving force of the demonstrations across the country in the wake of George Floyd's death, many of which have sparked destruction and violence.
Newsome appeared on the show to discuss the direction of the heavily-funded leftist movement.
“If this country doesn’t give us what we want, then we will burn down the system and replace it. All right?” Newsome told MacCallum.
"And I could be speaking figuratively, I could be speaking literally
"It’s a matter of interpretation. 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 weighed in on Newsome’s threat, 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!" the president decalred.
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 warning comes as Black Lives Matter activists have taken to the streets to protest the death of George Floyd.
Mr. Floyd, a black man, died while in police custody in Minneapolis on Memorial Day.
The protests have been marked with violent unrest, including the targeting of law enforcement, arson, rioting, and looting.
On Monday, D.C. police prevented protesters from toppling a statue of Jackson near the White House.
President Trump has warned that individuals who vandalize monuments could face up to ten years in prison.