Fox newscaster and Outnumbered Overtime host Harris Faulkner called out on Donald Trump for posting a racist and highly disturbing tweet during a two-part exclusive interview that took place on Thursday, June 11.
The journalist asserted that President Trump has failed to acknowledge the broader-scale implications of the phrase, "when the looting starts, the shooting starts." So, what else happened during the interview?
Harris Faulkner called out Donald Trump for posting a bigoted tweet — here's what happened.
"So, that's an expression I've heard over the years," President Trump said according to the interview transcript available on Factba.se.
"Do you know where it comes from?" Harris asked.
"I think the Mayor of Philadelphia [...] went President Trump's wavering response.
"No. It comes from 1967. I was about 18 months old at the time [...] But it was from the chief of police in Miami. He was cracking down, and he meant what he said. And he said, 'I don’t even care if it makes it look like brutality I’m going to crack down, when the looting starts, the shooting starts.' That frightened a lot of people when you tweeted that," Harris pointed out.
President Trump tried to clarify his position, insisting that the phrase can be attributed to Frank Rizzo, an ex-police officer who served as the Mayor of Philadelphia between 1972 and 1980.
"Well, it also comes from a very tough mayor, who might have been police commissioner at the time, but I think mayor of Philadelphia named Frank Rizzo," President Trump asserted.
Somewhat confusingly, he went on to defend himself by saying that the phrase has two separate meanings.
"It means two things – very different things. One is, if there's looting, there's probably going to be shooting, and that's not as a threat, that's really just a fact, because that's what happens. And the other is, if there’s looting, there's going to be shooting. They're very different meanings," President Trump reasoned.
Harris received a great deal of applause from viewers, with many on Twitter thanking the journalist for exposing the President's reluctance to address the historical context surrounding his incendiary tweet.
"What about Harris Faulkner? She is the only one I've really seen ask really good questions, none of which are bias or ridiculous they are straight to the point, very professional. I personally wish we had more reporters like her," tweeted one person.
"So proud of Harris Faulkner (from Minneapolis!) for calling out @realDonaldTrump. She so far outclasses Trumpy that he hasn't got a chance! Trump has nothing to boast about here -- he's done NOTHING!" wrote somebody else.
Harris earned high praise for her vast journalistic expertise on numerous occasions in the past. In a recently published exclusive with People, she also shed light on why racial injustice and the spread of the coronavirus are affecting everyday people.
"I [...] think we hyperventilate out of panic because we know that people are in the streets, shoulder-to-shoulder, some of them yelling and coughing and sneezing from chemicals thrown in the air as the rioters don't disperse, [...] she said.
"Then you have 40 million people out of work and they hyperventilate because they're losing their homes [...] so when you look at that, you think we need to collectively take a moment and breathe easy, but there's no time," she added.