AFTER THE MARCH: NEXT STEPS & STORMY WEATHER

What are the next steps after the March For Our Lives rallies? Has the NRA found a formidable enemy in generation “Z?” Can a demonstrations really drive change? Ellis Henican, “Trump’s America” columnist for Metro papers, joins us to discuss. Former adult film star Stormy Daniels is opening up about her alleged former relationship with Donald Trump in 2006 and her purported payoff before the presidential election. Her story is setting Washington and the media aflutter. Tonight we take a look at the capitol, scandal and crisis control.

Aired on March 26, 2018. 

TRANSCRIPT

> GOOD EVENING.

AND WELCOME TO 'METROFOCUS.'

I'M JENNA FLANAGAN.

TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE AND HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS NATIONWIDE MARCHED THROUGH MANHATTAN THIS WEEKEND IN A SHOW OF SOLIDARITY, A DEMONSTRATION OF DEMOCRACY AND A CALL FOR NEW GUN LAWS.

THE RALLY COINCIDED WITH THE MARCH FOR OUR LIVES IN WASHINGTON D.C. AND WAS ONE OF HUNDREDS OF PROTESTS TO BE HELD WORLDWIDE AFTER 17 PEOPLE, PREDOMINANTLY STUDENTS WERE GUNNED DOWN AT MARJORIE DOUGLAS HIGH SCHOOL.

THE QUESTION REMAINS, WHAT NEXT?

WILL THIS LEAD TO MEANINGFUL GUN REFORM?

AND WILL THIS NEW MOVEMENT HAVE MEANINGFUL REACTION DURING THE ELECTION.

> STORMY DANIELS' HIGHLY ANTICIPATED INTERVIEW AIRED ON '60 MINUTES', WHERE SHE TOLD ANDERSON COOPER SHE WAS TOLD TO KEEP QUIET ABOUT AN ALLEGED AFFAIR WITH DONALD TRUMP.

SHE WAS TOLD THAT IT WOULD BE A SHAME IF SOMETHING HAPPENED TO HER CHILD'S MOM.

I'M PLEASED TO WELCOME OUR GUEST, ELLIS.

SO THERE ARE SO MANY TOPICS TO DISCUSS.

EVERYONE AT THE WATER COOLER IS UK AT THATTING ABOUT STORMY DANIELS.

WHAT WAS YOUR TAKE ON THE INTERVIEW.

THE PRESIDENT IS GOING TO BE ON DEFENSE.

AS LONG AS PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT THIS, IT'S NOT GOOD FOR DONALD TRUMP.

THE PRESIDENT ISN'T NECESSARILY ON DEFENSE.

HE USUALLY IS PRETTY QUICK TO TWEET ABOUT STUFF HE DOESN'T LIKE.

WE HAVEN'T HEARD ANYTHING.

NO, HE HAS BEEN ODDLY SILENT.

WE DON'T HAVE A COHERENT VERSION FROM THE PRESIDENT'S POINT OF VIEW, DID HE SLEEP WITH HER, DID HE PAY HER, HOW MUCH DID HE KNOW ABOUT.

WE KNOW HER LAWYER'S STORY, BUT WE DON'T NOW HIS STORY.

BUT AS FAR AS A POINT BY POINT CONTRADICTION OF THIS, NO, WE HAVEN'T GOTTEN THAT YET.

IF WE CAN DIVORCE OURSELVES FROM THE SALACIOUSNESS OF THE STORY.

DON'T EVEN TRY THAT, BY THE WAY.

THEN ALSO THE LEGAL IMPLICATIONS.

BECAUSE THIS DOES BRING UP SERIOUS CAMPAIGN FINANCE ISSUES.

THAT'S RIGHT.

THERE ARE LIMITS TO HOW MUCH SOMEONE CAN GIVE AN IN-KIND CONTRIBUTION TO A PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN AND THE $130,000 THAT THE PRESIDENT'S PERSONAL ATTORNEY SAID THAT HE PAID OUT OF THE GOODNESS OF HIS HEART AND HIS OWN HOME EQUITY CREDIT EXCEEDS THE LIMIT BY SOMEWHERE AROUND $127,000.

OKAY.

SO IS THERE STILL SOMETHING TO LOOK INTO?

DOES THIS STORY STILL HAVE LEGS?

WELL, COMPLAINTS HAVE ALREADY BEEN MADE ABOUT IT TO THE FEC AND TO OTHERS AS WELL.

YOU KNOW, THAT'S A LONG AND SLOW PROCESS.

WHILE THAT ROLLS THROUGH THE REGULATORY PROCESS, YEAH.

PEOPLE WILL KEEP TALKING ABOUT IT.

STORMY'S LAWYER, GIVE HIM CREDIT.

HE'S DONE A GOOD JOB OF KEEPING THIS THING DRIP, DRIP, DRIP, ALIVE.

I SUSPECT THERE'S A FEW MORE DAYS IN IT.

I SUSPECT IT WILL BE A STORMY SUMMER FOR 2018.

I WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE OTHER REALLY IMPORTANT THING THAT HAPPENED THIS WEEKEND, AND THAT IS ALL OF THE MARCHERS.

MUCH MORE IMPORTANT.

MUCH MORE IMPORTANT.

FIRST OFF, WHAT KIND OF IMPACT DO YOU THINK HAVING THESE NUMBERS OF PEOPLE IN THE STREET MIGHT HAVE ON POLITICIANS?

I CAN GIVE YOU TEN RATIONAL ARGUMENTS AS TO WHY A HORRIFIC MASS SHOOTING DOES NOT TEND TO HAVE MUCH ACTUAL LEGISLATIVE AND POLITICAL IMPACT.

HISTORY TEACHES US THAT, RIGHT?

A LOT OF US WANT TO KNOW WHY.

WE HAVE BEEN THROUGH SO MANY OF THESE IN THE PAST.

POLITICS ISN'T ALWAYS RATIONAL.

THIS ONE TO ME IS FEELING LIKE A CULTURAL MOMENT, WHERE FOLKS AT LARGE AS WELL AS POLITICAL REPRESENTATIVES ARE RESPONDING, AND THESE KIDS HAVE SPARKED SOMETHING THAT IS REAL.

WHAT IS IT ABOUT THESE KIDS?

BECAUSE WE TALKING ABOUT MOSTLY HIGH SCHOOLERS.

I THINK WE'RE CALLING THEM GENERATION Z RIGHT NOW.

WE'VE RUN OUT OF LETTERS.

A LOT OF THESE KIDS AREN'T ELIGIBLE TO VOTE YET.

BUT WHAT IS IT ABOUT THESE KIDS THAT SEEMS TO HAVE PUT THE FIRE OF GOD INTO THE POLITICIANS.

THEY HAVE A VERY EMOTIONAEMOTIO EMOTIONALLY-APPEALING MESSAGE, DO NOT KILL MY FRIENDS.

YOU CAN GO OUT ON THE NET AND FIND PEOPLE SLIMING THESE KIDS AND BLAMING GEORGE SOROS FOR THE DEMONSTRATIONS AND CASTING ASPERSIONS.

BUT IT'S PRETTY HARD TO LOOK AT SOMEONE WHO HAS JUST LOST A FRIEND LIKE THAT.

I LOVE EMMA GONZALEZ, BY THE WAY, THE WOMAN WHO HELD THAT CROWD IN WASHINGTON FOR NEARLY SIX MINUTES OF SILENCE.

THAT WAS TOUGH.

THAT WAS VERY POWERFUL.

TOUGH AND POWERFUL, AND A VERY CLEAR MESSAGE.

ONE LAST QUESTION ON THIS SUBJECT.

DO YOU THINK THERE IS A CHANCE?

BECAUSE WE HAVE SEEN BEFORE WHERE NRA SUPPORTERS HAVE BEEN SINGLE-ISSUE VOTERS.

DO YOU THINK THIS ISSUE COULD CREATE SINGLE-ISSUE VOTERS?

YOU PUT YOUR FINGER ON IT.

THE PEOPLE WHO WANT TO PROTECT SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS HAVE BEEN MUCH MORE MOTIVATED.

BUT THE EMOTIONAL ISSUE IS BEGINNING TO SHIFT.

LOOK AT THE GOVERNOR OF FLORIDA, GOVERNOR SCOTT, WHO IS A LONG-TERM OPPONENT OF GUNCONTROL.

A LOT MORE ACTIVITY I THINK IN THE STATE HOUSES.

THAT MIGHT BE THE FIRST STEP DOWN THE ROAD TO SOME ACTUAL LEGISLATION HERE.

ALL RIGHT, WELL, ELLIS, VERY QUICKLY, BECAUSE WE HAVE A LIMITED AMOUNT OF TIME LEFT, BUT YOUR TAKE ON THE 60 RUSSIANS WHO HAVE BEEN EXPELLED.

THIS IS KIND OF SURPRISING FROM THIS ADMINISTRATION.

YES, MAYBE THE FIRST NEGATIVE COMMENT ABOUT PUTIN OUT OF THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION.

60 DIPLOMAT EVICTED.

WHEN YOU SAY DIPLOMATS, REALLY SPIES UNDER DIPLOMATIC COVER.

OUR EUROPEAN ALLIES ARE DOING IT PRETTY MUCH ACROSS THE CONTINENT.

AND THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT, YOU KNOW, ARE TAKING NOTICE.

THIS IS DEFINITELY SOMETHING WE WILL BE WATCHING AS IT DEVELOPS, AND ELLIS, WE'D LOVE TO HAVE YOU COME BACK AND TALK TO US A LITTLE MORE ABOUT RUSSIANS BEING KICKED OUT OF THE U.S. AND WHAT WE CAN EXPECT TO SEE IN THESE IMPORTANT UPCOMING ELECTIONS.

JAM-PACKED NEWS, RIGHT?

EXACTLY.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

GOOD TO SEE YOU.

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