NN host Wolf Blitzer seemed determined make the focus of his Tuesday
interview with Deray McKesson about the amount of trouble protesters had
caused in Baltimore, but the community organizer managed to turn the
tables on the veteran journalist.
“You want peaceful protests, right?” Blitzer began his interview by asking McKesson.
“Yes,” McKesson replied, after being momentarily taken aback by
obvious nature of the question. “Remember, the people that have been
violent since August have been the police. When you think about the 300
people that have been killed this year alone. Like that is violence.”
McKesson agreed that the property damage in Baltimore on Monday night
had been unfortunate, but he urged Blitzer to remember that there had
been “many days of peaceful protests here in Baltimore City and places
all around the country.”
“But at least 15 police officers have been hurt, 200 arrests, 144
vehicle fires — these are statistics,” Blitzer countered, robotically
reading a police press release. “There’s no excuse for that kind of
“Yeah, and there’s no excuse for the seven people that the Baltimore
City Police Department has killed in the last year either, right?”
McKesson shot back.