Fox News contributor Lawrence Jones was targeted by leftist protesters who hurled racist abuse at him at an anti-Trump rally in New York City.
“This is who these people are,” Jones told Fox News’ Sean Hannity of the demonstrators taking part in the New York City Coalition to Impeach Donald Trump at Foley Square on Saturday.
(Video: YouTube/Fox News)
Jones, the editor-in-chief of Campus Reform, was heckled by a pair of protesters while he was conducting man-on-the-street interviews, as seen in the clip on “Hannity” Monday.
Two men came up to Jones near the end of the rally and told him to go back to Fox News “where there’s more cotton for you to pick,” according to a Fox News producer who was on hand.
“What did you just say?” the producer asked one of the men who repeated his comment.
When the producer asked if he “was really going to say that,” the man replied: “I sure am.”
Jones’ video showed the man, who was wearing a gray shirt, turn his back to the camera and make an obscene gesture while the second man addressed Jones.
“He’ll tell you to go back to Kenya next,” he said, prompting Jones to ask, “You say what now?”
“He’ll tell you ‘go back to Kenya’ next,” the man, wearing a red shirt, repeated.
Jones told Hannity that people like these men rarely get called out by the liberal media.
“This is who they are, Sean,” Jones said on “Hannity” Monday night.
“So often, those of us that are on the right are painted as the racist people, the hateful people … I was just asking these people simple questions about if they felt like the president should be impeached or not,” he said. “These guys come up to me and they say, go back to Fox News to pick cotton. They say, go back to Kenya. This is who these people are, but I doubt many people in the media are going to condemn these people.”
The men who confronted him at the event, which was attended by New York Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney, were “upset” and “fearful,” Jones noted.
“They know that with our reports and exposing the poverty and the failure of policies that all these Democrat cities have been doing to many people that look like me… they believe that all black people need to think the same way,” he said.
“They want us to stay on the welfare system so we can’t progress in life and I’m going to expose it every single day,” Jones added. “If they think I’m going to stand down because they yelled obscene things to me, they got another thing coming.”
Hannity asked why it seems the liberal mindset has a hold of Democrats who refuse to see the positive impact that President Trump has had.
“I feel like the Republicans have failed to communicate our message. We have all the policies. We have all the policy positions that help black America but we don’t go into those communities. I think the president could make a turn if he would go into those communities,” Jones noted.
“That’s a great analysis,” Hannity agreed, reasserting that what Jones experienced Saturday “should not happen.”
“I just want people to know that I just admire your strength, your courage and your desire to get out,” Hannity said. “This should not happen and I’m sorry, my friend, that that happened. I’m truly sorry.”
Twitter users echoed Hannity’s sentiments while slamming the left’s hypocrisy.
Racism against a black man with the ‘wrong’ political beliefs is FINE when the Left does it.
— Brian Cates (@drawandstrike) June 18, 2019
Go Lawrence Jones!!! We are with you, stay strong represent all of us on the right & we are the party that truly cares about ALL of us!!! 🇺🇸🙏🏻
— Jocelyn Robinson (@Jocelyn_0214) June 18, 2019
I am totally shocked! The people that claim to be tolerant turn out to be totally uneducated and intolerant. I am proud of you for keeping your composure. Thank you for spreading the truth! God bless you! ❤🇺🇸
— ChristinaTina (@ChristinaTinaE) June 18, 2019
YOU are a class act Mr. Jones. I awe of your ability to stay calm under fire.
— Bill Bateman (@BillBateman1) June 18, 2019
This disgusting behavior is almost unbelievable. Seriously, who thinks like that and why? Why are so many on the Left so hateful and angry?
— Cheryl McNabb (@McNabbCheryl) June 18, 2019
Disgusting! I’m sickened by this truth. @TheDemocrats regardless how they try to spin it are the party of #racist #prejudiced #biased people if you speak in opposition to their ideology! It’s so sad that #MSM carries their #bigotry for them!
— Patriot4Freedom (@Trump_Girl_USA) June 18, 2019
The tolerant and inclusive left.
— American Eyes🇺🇸 (@eyesoftheirish1) June 18, 2019