Fox News host Will Cain took Ben Crump to task during a Tuesday evening “Fox News Primetime” segment in which he accused the civil rights attorney of making millions off “lies” while unnecessarily fanning the flames of racial tension in case after case around the country.
To begin the segment, Cain contended that Crump has had an enormously negative impact on the country in which he accused the attorney of fanning the flames of racial division with mischaracterizations of deadly incidents involving police and black suspects.
Cain also claimed that Crump’s rhetoric played a large role in perpetuating violent rioting and looting that left some 30 people dead and caused more than $1 billion in damages around the nation last year and into 2021.
“Ben Crump is the most dangerous man in America. Chances are you’re familiar with his name,” Cain said.
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“You’ve seen him at a microphone after almost every race-related high-profile tragedy: Tamir Rice, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, you’ve heard his lies on Michael Brown, Breonna Taylor, and Ma’Khia Bryant, but what you don’t know is that Crump might be the single most destructive force in America,” he added.
Cain went on to play a clip of Crump during a 2012 interview with CNN in which he accused police involved in the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman case of conspiring to “cover up” evidence that the former was actually murdered. A jury would subsequently disagree, acquitting Zimmerman.
Next, Cain noted that Crump told the “lie” about Brown being shot and killed by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer as he raised his hands in surrender — the “hands up, don’t shoot” narrative that was eventually discovered to have been fake by a jury and by an Obama Justice Department investigation.
It was a “lie that destroyed half the businesses in Ferguson,” Cain said, “and cost $22 million in damages.”
Crump then accused Louisville, Ky., police of going to the wrong address for a suspect that was already in custody when they shot and killed Breonna Taylor. Only, as Cain pointed out, police raided the correct address and the suspect in question was not in police custody at the time. Also, a boyfriend staying with Taylor at the time shot first and wounded one of the officers.
Cain then noted that in the Floyd case, Crump claimed that then-Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin, who has since been convicted of murder, knew the suspect from a bar where both of them worked. But that, too, was false; neither man knew each other, according to reports, which refuted Crump’s insinuation that Chauvin’s actions in pinning Floyd to the pavement and killing him may have been premeditated.
In every case, Cain noted, rioting ensued, causing hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of damage and, in several cases, led to additional deaths, as well as multiple police officers being injured.
“We do know the truth of the tally of Crump’s lies, what they have contributed to, more than $1 billion in property damage in riots, and that’s just through September 2020,” Cain said.
“It’s also led to over 30 deaths in the ensuing riots. Not to mention setting race relations on a knife’s edge, perhaps the tensest it’s been in 50 years. On the other side of this tally, while the destruction continues around the country, Ben Crump, he’s getting rich,” he added.
“Look, everyone wants justice to be served. Everyone wants justice to be blind. We want people to make it home or to jail for that matter safely,” the host continued.
“We want black and white to be treated equally in this country, but we cannot heal this country, we can’t save race relations, we can’t accomplish equality, we can’t serve justice, off of lies,” Cain said.
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