August 14, 2017: REACTION & NEXT STEPS

After Alt-Right activists and neo-Nazis took to the streets and deadly violence erupted in Virginia this weekend, America reels and New York reacts.  NY Congressman Jerrold Nadler will be here with reaction to these events and the next steps he, Congress, and the President must do to stem the current tide of hate and polarity in our country.

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> TO ANYONE WHO ACTED CRIMINALLY IN THIS WEEKEND'S RACIST VIOLENCE, YOU WILL BE HELD FULLY ACCOUNTABLE.

JUSTICE WILL BE DELIVERED.

RACISM IS EVIL.

AND THOSE WHO CAUSE VIOLENCE IN ITS NAME ARE CRIMINALS AND THUGS, INCLUDING THE KKK, NEO-NAZIS, WHITE SUPREMACISTS, AND OTHER HATE GROUPS THAT ARE REPUGNANT TO EVERYTHING WE HOLD DEAR AS AMERICANS.

GOOD EVENING.

WELCOME TO 'METROFOCUS.'

I'M JENNA FLANNIGAN.

THE PRESIDENT IS UNDER EXTREME FIRE FOR HIS RESPONSE TO THE DEADLY WHITE NATIONALIST VIOLENCE IN VIRGINIA THIS WEEKEND, BY BOTH POLITICAL PARTIES, AND THE MAJORITY OF AMERICA.

AT ISSUE, PRESIDENT TRUMP BLAMED SATURDAY'S VIOLENCE IN CHARLOTTESVILLE WHERE NEO-NAZIS, SKINHEADS, KLAN MEMBERS AND OTHERS PROTESTED THE REMOVAL OF A CONFEDERATE STATUE.

WE CONDEMN IN THE STRONGEST POSSIBLE TERMS THIS EGREGIOUS DISPLAY OF HATRED, BIGOTRY AND VIOLENCE ON MANY SIDES.

WHEN THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF CONDEMNED THE VIOLENCE ON, QUOTE, MANY SIDES, IT DREW INTENSE CONDEMNATION COAST TO COAST FOR APPEARING TO COMPARE NEO-NAZIS TO THOSE WHO BATTLED THEM.

THERE WAS SHOCK, ANGER BY SOME OF HIS OWN SUPPORTERS.

AS CONTRASTING PROTESTS ERUPTED ACROSS THE CITY AND NATIONWIDE.

TONIGHT AS HE HANGS HIS HALT AT TRUMP TOWER FOR THE NEXT FEW DAYS, PROTESTERS GATHER ONCE AGAIN FURIOUS AT HIS CONDEMNATION DID NOT COME SOONER.

I'M JOINED BY NEW YORK CONGRESSMAN, GERALD NADLER.

CONGRESSMAN, WELCOME TO THE SHOW.

GOOD TO BE HERE.

SO, FIRST, WHAT WAS YOUR REACTION TO THE PRESIDENT'S OFFICIAL STATEMENT, HIS TWEET, ET CETERA, IN REGARDS TO WHAT HAPPENED IN CHARLOTTESVILLE?

I WAS VERY UPSET BY IT.

NOT SURPRISED TERRIBLY.

HE CONDEMNED THE VIOLENCE FROM MANY SIDES, AS IF THE VIOLENCE WAS FROM ANY SIDE.

THE VIOLENCE IS FROM THE RACIST, THE WHITE NATIONALISTS, THE NEO-NAZIS, AND HE REFUSED TO CONDEMN THEM.

THAT'S WHAT PEOPLE ARE UPSET ABOUT.

IN FACT, THE STORMER, THE NEO-NAZI NEWSPAPER, POINTED OUT THAT WHEN HE WAS WALKING OFF, PEOPLE ASKED, WELL, WHAT ABOUT THE -- ARE YOU GOING TO CONDEMN THE WHITE NATIONALS?

HE REFUSED TO SAY ANYTHING AND JUST WALKED OFF.

AND THE STORMER SAID, GOD BLESS HIM, HE REFUSED TO CONDEMN US, THAT'S WONDERFUL.

THAT'S TERRIBLE.

YOU HAVE TO CALL OUT THE RACISM FOR WHAT IT IS.

YOU HAVE TO CALL OUT THOSE WHO GENERATE THE VIOLENCE.

THE PRESIDENT THROUGHOUT THE CAMPAIGN SENT OUT LOTS OF DOG WHISTLES, AND LOTS OF SIGNALS TO WHITE SUPREMACISTS THAT HE WANTED THEIR SUPPORT.

AND DAVID DUKE SAID THAT.

DAVID DUKE SAID THAT DURING THE CAMPAIGN, AND NOW, AND HE HIRED SOME OF THESE WHITE SUPREMACIST PEOPLE.

LIKE A MEMBER OF A NEO-NAZI ORGANIZATION IN HUNGARY.

REAL QUESTION MARK HOW HE GOT THROUGH IMMIGRATION, AND NOW HE'S IN THE WHITE HOUSE, ON THE STAFF.

AND OTHERS IN HIS OWN EMPLOY.

SOME OF THESE WHITE NATIONALISTS ON THE WHITE HOUSE STAFF WHICH WEAVER NEVER SEEN BEFORE WITH ANY OTHER PRESIDENT.

SO HE IS DELIBERATELY EXPLOITED RACISM IN HIS CAMPAIGN, AND HE OBVIOUSLY DOESN'T WANT TO CONDEMN OR CRITICIZE THE RACES AND THE WHITE NATIONALISTS IN ANY WAY BECAUSE HE WANTS THEIR SUPPORT.

THAT'S BENEATH CONTEMPT.

BUT IT'S APPARENTLY WHERE HE'S AT.

AS TO WHY HE WON'T CONDEMN VLADIMIR PUTIN, OR CRITICIZE MR.

PUTIN FOR ANYTHING, THAT'S A WHOLE DIFFERENT QUESTION.

GOD KNOWS, MAYBE WE'LL FIND OUT FROM THE SPECIAL PROSECUTOR.

WHAT IS THE ROLE FOR CONGRESS IN ALL OF THIS?

WE SAW A LOT OF PEOPLE COME OUT TWEETING THEIR DISGUST, EVEN VERY CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICANS, TED CRUZ, MARCO RUBIO AND SPECIFICALLY MADE IT A POINT TO SAY WHITE NATIONALISTS, WHITE SUPREMACISTS AND THAT WE REBUKE THIS KIND OF BEHAVIOR.

AND SENATOR HATCH.

YEAH.

SAID THAT, MY BROTHER DIDN'T GET HIS LIFE IN COMBAT AGAINST HITLER TO SUPPORT NEO-NAZIS NOW.

IS THERE ANYTHING CONGRESS CAN DO?

IT SEEMS AS IF THIS IS A MOMENT FOR THE NATION AND THAT SOMEONE AT THE TOP HAS TO LEAD THE COUNTRY, OR HELP LEAD THE COUNTRY FORWARD.

IF THE PRESIDENT SEEMS UNCOMFORTABLE WITH IT, WHO DOES IT FALL ON?

WELL, CONGRESS MEMBERS, AND SENATORS, CAN EXPRESS OUR OUTRAGE AND OUR FEELINGS, AND MANY OF US ARE.

I DON'T THINK THERE'S ANYTHING CONGRESS CAN DO INSTITUTIONALLY ABOUT THE PRESIDENT'S SPEECH, OR LACK OF IT.

IN TERMS OF HELPING TO MOVE THE COUNTRY FORWARD, WE'RE GOING TO EXPECT PROTESTS HERE IN NEW YORK CITY, AND NEW YORK HAS A VERY RICH HISTORY OF PROTESTS, BOTH PEACEFUL AND SOMETIMES A LITTLE ACRIMONIOUS.

BUT IS THERE A SENSE OF PERHAPS HELPING TO CALM DOWN PEOPLE SO THAT THERE WILL BE PROTESTS GOING FORWARD, BUT THEY DON'T BECOME VIOLENT EVEN MORE SO?

BECAUSE UNFORTUNATELY WHAT PEOPLE SAY IS VIOLENCE BEGETS VIOLENCE AND YOU DON'T WANT THIS TO SNOW BALL.

CONGRESS MEMBERS AND SENATORS CAN EXPRESS OUR OUTRAGE AT THE PRESIDENT'S LACK OF OUTRAGE, AT THE VIOLENCE PERPETRATED BY THE NEO-NAZIS AND WHITE SUPREMACISTS.

WE CAN EXPRESS OUR OPINION.

INSTITUTIONALLY, THERE'S NOT MUCH WE CAN DO ABOUT THAT, EXCEPT TO ALSO URGE THE FBI AND THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE TO PROPERLY PROTECT BOTH PROTESTERS AND OTHERS AGAINST ANY VIOLENCE, AND SO FAR I THINK THEY'VE DONE A GOOD JOB OF THAT.

DID ANY OF THIS TRANSLATE INTO -- AGAIN, YOU'RE A DEMOCRAT, SO, OF COURSE, YOU'VE BEEN VOTING WITH YOUR PARTY ON A LOT OF ISSUES.

BUT WHAT I'M SEEING A LOT OF PEOPLE CALL OUT THE MORE CONSERVATIVE MEMBERS WHO HAVE SPOKEN OUT AGAINST THIS PARTICULAR INCIDENT IS THAT AT THE SAME TIME, THERE CONTINUES TO BE SUPPORT FOR A LOT OF THE PRESIDENT'S POLICIES THAT THEY MIGHT SEE AS EMBOLDENING THIS PARTICULAR WING OF THE BASE.

WELL, IT'S NOT JUST THAT I VOTE WITH MY PARTY WHEN I AGREE WITH THE PARTY.

SOMETIMES I DON'T.

I CERTAINLY CRITICIZE THE PRESIDENT, AND MANY OF THE POLICIES THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT REVERSING ITS POLICIES ON VOTER SUPPRESSION, WHICH IS A BIG ISSUE, ON ALL KINDS OF DIFFERENT THINGS RELATING TO THE VOTE, RELATEDING TO THE ELECTIONS, RELATING TO AFFIRMATIVE ACTION, IT'S NOT HELPFUL.

TO PUT IT MILDLY.

IT'S VERY BAD.

THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT UNDER PRESIDENT BUSH WENT BACK ON ITS SUPPORT FOR ENFRANCHISEMENT.

IT DIDN'T COME OUT AS NEGATIVELY AS UNDER PRESIDENT TRUMP IS DOING.

SO WE HAVE TO DO WHAT WE CAN TO DENOUNCE THAT AND DO WHAT WE CAN TO REVERSE THAT.

WHICH IS VERY DIFFICULT WHEN YOU'RE IN THE MINORITY OF BOTH HOUSES.

IT'S INTERESTING YOU BRING UP THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT.

WE NOW KNOW THAT JEFF SESSIONS IS OPENING AN INVESTIGATION, A CIVIL RIGHTS INVESTIGATION AS TO WHAT HAPPENED IN CHARLOTTESVILLE.

HIS STATEMENT WAS, QUOTE, JUSTICE WILL BE SERVED.

THAT STRUCK ME AS RATHER ODD, BECAUSE THAT'S STILL A SUBJECTIVE STATEMENT.

ONE SIDE OF THIS IS GOING TO FEEL AS THOUGH WHATEVER THE OUTCOME IS, THAT THIS WAS A MISCARRIAGE OF JUSTICE.

WELL, HOPEFULLY JUSTICE WILL BE SERVED BY CRACKING DOWN ON THE RACISTS WHO GENERATED THE VIOLENCE.

I THINK RIGHT NOW THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, WE HAVE AN INTERESTING SITUATION.

THE PROFESSIONALS, THE CAREER PEOPLE IN THE CIVIL RIGHTS DIVISION I'M SURE WILL DO A VERY GOOD JOB IF THEY'RE PERMITTED TO.

AND I ASSUME THEY'LL BE PERMITTED TO HERE.

WHERE THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT WENT -- YOU KNOW, REVERSED THE POSITION ON THE AFFIRMATIVE ACTION CASE, THEY SPECIFICALLY SET UP A NEW PEOPLE POLITICAL APPOINTEES IN THE OFFICE OF SECRETARY RATHER THAN IN THE NORMAL PEOPLE IN THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE TO DO THAT.

PRESUMABLY BECAUSE THE NORMAL CAREER PEOPLE, THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, ARE DEDICATED TO THE CIVIL RIGHTS AND WOULDN'T DO THAT.

I ASSUME THEY'LL HAVE THESE PEOPLE DO THIS, AND I ASSUME THEY'LL PROBABLY DO A GOOD JOB AT IT.

CONGRESSMAN NADLER, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

YOU'RE WELCOME.

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