MetroFocus: September 21, 2020

METROFOCUS FRONT PAGE FORECAST 

As Climate Week NYC gets underway, our panel takes a look at our environmental forecast and other news making local and national headlines impacting the tri-state. This week Metrofocus Front Page Forecast veterans political commentator and CUNY Professor J.C. Polanco, noted author, associate professor of political science at Rutgers University and a senior scholar at their Eagleton Institute of Politics, Dr. Saladin Ambar and NY Daily News editorial board member, Laura Nahmias weigh in.

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> THIS IS 'METROFOCUS' WITH RAFAEL PI ROMAN, JACK FORD, AND JENNA FLANAGAN.

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> GOOD EVENING AND WELCOME TO METRO FOCUS.

I'M JENNA FLANAGAN.

EVERY MONDAY NIGHT WE ARE BRINGING YOU A LOOK AHEAD AT THE NEWS MAKING LOCAL AND NATIONAL HEADLINES THIS WEEK AND HOW IT MIGHT IMPACT THE TRI-STATE.

TONIGHT WE'LL TELL YOU THE POLITICAL BATTLE OVER THE REPLACEMENT OF THE LATE JUSTICE RUTH BADER GINSBURG, WHAT COULD WE POSSIBLY EXPECT COMING UP THIS WEEK.

WE'LL ALSO TALK ABOUT NEW YORK CITY'S SCHOOL REOPENING PLAN OR LACK THEREOF AS THEY HAVE BEEN DELAYED ONCE AGAIN.

LET'S INTRODUCE OUR RETURNING GUEST JOINING ME TONIGHT WE HAVE LAURA NA MIA.

SHE IS A MEMBER OF THE 'NEW YORK DAILY NEWS' EDITORIAL BOARD.

JOINED BY J.C. POLANCO.

HI.

HE IS A POLITICAL COMMENTATOR, AN ATTORNEY AND ON THE FACULTY OF -- ALSO PRESIDENT OF THE NEW YORK CITY BOARD OF FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE NEW YORK CITY BOARD OF ELECTIONS.

AND ALSO JOINED BY PROFESSOR AMBAR.

HI THERE.

AN AUTHOR, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF POLITICAL SCIENCE AT RUTGERS UNIVERSITY AND A SENIOR SCHOLAR AT THE EAGLETON INSTITUTE OF POLITICS.

LET'S BEGIN WITH THE BIGGEST STORY THAT ANYBODY CAN TALK ABOUT, OF COURSE, THE LOSS OF NOT ONLY THE SUPREME COURT JUSTICE, BUT OF COURSE BROOKLYN'S OWN RUTH BADER GINSBURG.

FIRST, HOW -- I MEAN, WE CAN'T UNDERSTAND OR UNDERSCORE HOW BIG OF A POLITICAL SHOCKWAVE THIS IS.

BUT FROM EACH OF YOU, WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE BIGGEST ISSUE AT LEAST THIS BRINGS TO BEAR, AND PROFESSOR, I'LL START WITH YOU.

FIRST, LET ME JUST TAKE A MOMENT TO GIVE PAUSE TO AN INCREDIBLE LIFE, RUTH BADER GINSBURG WAS A PIONEERING JUSTICE, A PIONEERING WOMAN.

OBVIOUSLY, BECAUSE OF THE POLITICAL CLIMATE WE ARE IN THERE WON'T BE THE APPROPRIATE TIME FOR THE NATION REALLY TO MOURN GIVEN THE TIMETABLE THAT THE PRESIDENT IS SET TO REPLACE HER.

WHAT'S AT STAKE IS OBAMACARE, PEOPLE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS BEING ABLE TO BE COVERED, AFFIRMATIVE ACTION, ISSUES RELATED TO CORPORATE POWER IN AMERICA.

REALLY THIS IS GREAT MOMENT FOR DEMOCRATS AND FOR MANY REPUBLICANS THIS HAS BEEN A MOMENT THEY HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR TO REALLY INFLUENCE THE COURT IN A CONSERVATIVE DIRECTION FOR THE FORESEEABLE DIRECTOR.

WELL, I THINK THIS HAS BEEN A GREAT LOSS AS THE PROFESSOR JUST MENTIONED.

SHE WAS A TRAIL BLAZER TO WOMEN.

INSPIRATION TO PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD.

AN INCREDIBLE SPEAKER.

HOW DIFFICULT TO BE AN 87-YEAR-OLD WHO SURVIVED ONE CANCER, BATTLED ANOTHER, GIVE SPEECHES AND DO YOUR JOB.

THINK ABOUT HOW DIFFICULT THAT MUST HAVE BEEN.

JUST INCREDIBLE STORY.

AND SHE IS GOING TO BE MISSED BY MANY.

THIS UNFORTUNATELY, THIS DEATH IS GOING TO LAY BARE THE DIVISIONS IN OUR COUNTRY AND HOW RAW POWER AND POLITICS ARE NOW THE TALK OF THE TOWN AND SOMETHING THAT HAS MANIFESTED ITSELF AND I THINK WE ARE GOING TO SEE NOT THE FIRST TIME WE WILL SEE IT, BUT I THINK THE FIRST TIME WE ARE GOING TO SEE IT AT THIS LEVEL.

THESE NEXT 42 DAYS ARE GOING TO BE INCREDIBLE FOR THE COUNTRY.

I THINK NEW YORKERS PARTICULARLY CAN BE -- FEEL IS MUCH PRIDE IN RUTH BADER GINSBURG TO SAY NOTHING OF ALL AMERICANS.

SHE IS A PRODUCT OF NEW YORK CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS.

SHE ALSO MODELLED A REALLY INTERESTING WORK/LIFE BALANCE AND A MARRIAGE IN WHICH SHE TOOK THE DOMINANT WORK ROLE AND HER HUSBAND HELPED SUPPORT HER ILLUSTRIOUS CAREER, SOMETHING THAT I THINK IS A MODEL THAT A LOT OF WOMEN ASPIRE TO.

SHE WAS AHEAD OF HER TIME.

POLITICALLY, I THINK WHAT THIS MOMENT PORTENDS, IN ADDITION TO TRUMP AND THE CURRENT SENATE GOP POTENTIALLY BEING ABLE TO LEAVE A VERY LASTING MARK ON THE COURT IS A TEST OF WHETHER OR NOT HIPPOCKSY MATTERS TO AMERICAN VOTERS, WHETHER OR NOT VOTERS CARE THAT SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL AND LINDSEY GRAHAM AND OTHER REPUBLICAN SENATORS ARE DOING A COMPLETE 180 FROM WHAT THEY SAID IN 2016 WHEN PRESIDENT OBAMA NOMINATED MERRICK GARLAND TO THE SUPREME COURT IN ADVANCE OF THE ELECTION AND THEY REFUSED TO CONSIDER THE NOMINATION.

THE LOGIC THAT THEY USED THEN, THEY'VE COMPLETELY GONE BACK ON IT NOW.

AND WHETHER OR NOT VOTERS CARE ENOUGH TO PRESSURE THEM NOT TO BE TOTE HYPOCRITES.

THEY MAY NOT CARE.

VOTERS MAY NOT CARE ABOUT HYPOCRISY IN POLITICS ANYMORE OR MAY NOT HAVE ENOUGH OF AN ATTENTION SPAN TO CARE ABOUT IT.

THAT DOES SEEM TO BE A VERY BIG ISSUE.

JUST LAYING BARE THE RAW POLITICS, THERE IS I AM SURE A LOT OF PEOPLE IN THE COUNTRY WATCHING THIS PROGRAM WHO MAY SAY HOW MUCH WORSE CAN IT GET.

UNFORTUNATELY, WE MIGHT BE READY TO FIND OUT.

I DO WANT TO ASK THOUGH IN TERMS OF THE POLITICS OF JUST THE LEFT DEALING WITH THIS, VERY RECENTLY WE SAW A PRESS CONFERENCE WITH SENATOR CHARLES SCHUMER WHO SORT OF RECOMMENDATION THE MORE MODERATE TRADITIONAL DEMOCRAT AND AOC WHO REPRESENTS FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE THE PROGRESSIVE LEFT PART OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY TOGETHER DOING A PRESS CONFERENCE IN FRONT OF JAMES MADISON HIGH SCHOOL ABOUT WHY THE DEMOCRATS NEED TO BE UNITED.

IS THIS SOMETHING THAT YOU THINK COULD FINALLY UNITE A PARTY THAT IS KNOWN FOR DISARRAY?

LAURA.

I THINK, HONESTLY, AT THIS POINT, AND I HOPEFULLY WILL BE PROVEN WRONG, I THINK THE DEMOCRATS REALISTICALLY HAVE VERY, VERY, VERY LITTLE THAT THEY CAN TECHNICALLY DO TO STOP A NOMINATION FROM GOING FORWARD IF SENATOR McCONNELL HAS THE VOTES THAT HE NEEDS.

TO STOP THE NOMINATION FROM GOING FORWARD EVEN AFTER THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, EVEN IF PRESIDENT BIDEN -- EVEN IF JOE BIDEN, SORRY, WINS THE ELECTION.

YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT THAT LAME DUCK SESSION?

YES.

I THINK THAT IT'S VERY INTERESTING AND PEOPLE INTRIGUED TO SEE SENATOR SCHUMER AND ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ AT A PRESS CONFERENCE FOR FUTURE POLITICAL SPECULATIVE REASONS.

BUT REALISTICALLY, I DON'T KNOW HOW MUCH THEY CAN DO.

WHETHER OR NOT THIS HELPS UNITE DEMOCRATS IN TERMS OF THEIR WILLINGNESS TO TURN OUT AND VOTE IN NOVEMBER BECAUSE OF THEIR CARE FOR THE COURT AND CONCERN FOR THE FUTURE OF THE SUPREME COURT AND ABOUT THE ISSUES IN GENERAL AND WHETHER OR NOT THEY TURN OUT TO VOTE IN SOME OF THESE SENATE RACES BASED ON THE REPUBLICAN SENATORS VOTES IN VARIOUS STATES, THAT'S A POSSIBILITY.

THAT COULD UNITE DEMOCRATS FURTHER.

WELL, PROFESSOR, AS A PROFESSOR OF POLITICAL SCIENCE, ESPECIALLY WITH THE EAGLETON INSTITUTE, WHAT DO YOU SEE?

I MEAN, DO YOU SEE THIS FINALLY BEING THE ONE THING THAT MIGHT BE ABLE TO GEL THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY?

WELL, I DO, BUT THE REAL QUESTION IS WHETHER IT GEL IT SUFFICIENTLY SO THAT SHOULD VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN BECOME INAUGURATED ON JANUARY 20th NEXT YEAR THEY WOULD BE WILLING TO DO SOMETHING THEY HADN'T BEFORE, NAMELY EXPANDING THE SUPREME COURT.

YOU KNOW, THE CONSTITUTION DOES NOT HAVE A SPECIFIC NUMBER OF JUSTICES REQUIRED TO BE ON THE COURT AS FDR AND OTHERS HAVE ATTEMPTED AND SHOWN OVER THE CENTURIES, FRANKLY.

BUT WILL DEMOCRATS DO THAT?

THAT WILL BE AN EXPANSION OF POWER THAT THEY HAVEN'T, YOU KNOW, UTILIZED BEFORE.

AND I DO THINK THAT WILL BE ON THE TABLE.

WILL THAT HOLD?

I THINK THIS WILL BE SUCH AN EGREGIOUS BREACH OF CUSTOM AND TRADITION AND CONSTITUTIONAL NORMS THAT THEY WILL.

PUERTO RICAN STATEHOOD ABWILL B ON THE TABLE.

THE SENATE AS CURRENTLY CONSTITUTED EVEN WITH 53 SENATORS REPRESENTING REPUBLICAN OR, YOU KNOW, REPUBLICAN STATES, IF YOU WILL, OR HELD BY REPUBLICANS, I SHOULD SAY, THAT'S REALLY STILL A MINORITY OF PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY.

AND SO THE SENATE'S HISTORIC ANTI-DEMOCRATIC PROPORTIONALITY IS GOING TO HAVE TO BE ADDRESSED BY DEMOCRATS IF THEY WANT TO ADDRESS THIS VERY SPECIFIC CHALLENGE OF A COURT WHAT'S GOING TO BE IN POWER FOR 30, 40 YEARS THAT DOESN'T REPRESENT THE MAJORITY WILL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

J.C., AGAIN WITH EVERYTHING ON THE TABLE AS SENATOR SCHUMER SO CLEARLY PUT, WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS?

DEMOCRATS ARE LATE TO THE PARTY.

THIS IS A PARTY THAT HAS COMMITTED INCREDIBLE POLITICAL MALPRACTICE.

THE SUPREME COURT HAS ALWAYS BEEN IN A SITUATION WHERE ANY INCOMING PRESIDENT HAS TO DEAL WITH AND IT'S UP FOR GRABS AT ANY ELECTION.

IN 2016 WE SAW MILLIONS OF VOTERS STAY HOME IN MILWAUKEE AND PHILADELPHIA AND IN DETROIT AND ALL OVER THE COUNTRY AND DEMOCRATS WERE ANGRY AT THE FACT THAT HILLARY WAS THEIR CANDIDATE.

WELL, HILLARY, IF SHE HAD GOTTEN ELECTED WOULD HAVE BEEN ABLE TO NAME THESE THREE SUPREME COURT JUSTICES.

UNFORTUNATELY, SHE DECISION REGARDED MICHIGAN, SHE DECISION REGARDED WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA, FAILED TO SHOW UP IN WISCONSIN EVEN THOUGH DONALD TRUMP WENT THERE TEN TIMES.

HER CAMPAIGN THOUGHT IT WAS A GOOD IDEA NOT TO SHOW UP.

THE SUPREME COURT HAS ALWAYS BEEN A SITUATION WHERE DEMOCRATS SHOULD HAVE BEEN ON THE BALL.

THEY HAVE BEEN SLOW TO THE PARTY.

YEAH, HAVE A PRESS CONFEENCE WITH AOC AND SCHUMER.

IT MEANS LITTLE IF THE DEMOCRATS CONTINUE TO SEE SITUATIONS ACROSS THE COUNTRY WHERE THE ISSUE OF LAW AND ORDER COMES TO PLAY.

I KNOW THIS MAY NOT BE TOO POPULAR WITH A LOT OF VIEWERS, BUT THE ISSUE OF LAW AND ORDER IS PUSHING THE POLLS IN FAVOR OF PRESIDENT TRUMP.

THE MORE WE SEE DISORDER IN MAJOR CITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY, THE MORE WE SEE USURPERS TAKE OVER THE IMPORTANT CAUSE OF BLACK LIVES MATTER AND THE SOCIAL JUSTICE MOVEMENTS THAT MATTER, WE ARE SEEING TRUST FUND BABIES TAKE OVER MOVEMENTS AND CREATE HAVOC AND ANARCHY.

A LOT OF THE SOCIAL JUSTICE PROTESTERS THAT I KNOW ARE SHOCKED AT WHAT'S GOING ON IN A LOT OF PLACES.

AS LONG AS THIS HAPPENS AND THERE ISN'T AN OUTCRY BY LOCAL SOCIAL JUSTICE LEADERS AND DEMOCRATS WE MAY SEE THE RE-ELECTION OF DONALD TRUMP AND EVEN MORE SUPREME COURT SEATS GOING CONSERVATIVE.

THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS THAT THESE REPUBLICAN SENATORS, I KNOW WE MENTIONED THEM EARLIER, HAVE WON ELECTIONS IN 2016 AND IN 2018.

MOST OF THEM WON ON A CAMPAIGN BASED ON THE PRO-LIFE STANCE.

THEY CAMPAIGNED SAYING WE ARE GOING TO VOTE FOR PRO-LIFE JUDGES.

THIS IS DEMOCRACY IN ACTION.

THIS IS WHAT A REPUBLICAN LOOKS LIKE.

THE PRESIDENT COMES IN WITH SHEER POWER AGAINST WHAT WAS SAID IN 2016 AND WE WILL NOMINATE SOMEONE WHO IS PRO-LIFE AND MOST LIKELY HAVE THE VOTES NECESSARY IN THE SENATE BECAUSE THE SENATORS WANT ELECTIONS BASED ON THEIR PRO-LIFE RECORDS AND STANCES.

A LOT OF US IN NEW YORK ARE SHOCKED, ANGRY, CONCERNED ABOUT WHAT THIS MEANS FOR ROWE, WELL, THESE SENATORS CAMPAIGNED AGAINST AFFIRMATIVE ACTION, AAGAINST ABORTION AND WON.

NOW WE ARE WALKING DAUKSY IN ACTION.

WHAT ARE DEMOCRATS GOING TO DO DIFFERENTLY?

ARE THEY GOING TO BE DIVIDED, ALLOW ANARCHY TO ROLL THROUGH?

THESE ARE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS.

I AM CONCERNED ABOUT WHAT'S HAPPENING ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND HOW DEMOCRATS ARE GOING TO LOOK BACK IN SNOW NOVEMBER AND SAY W SHOULD HAVE UNITED, DONE THINGS DIFFERENTLY.

OF COURSE.

THERE WILL DEFINITELY, DEFINITELY BE A LOT OF LOOKING BACK AT EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENED THIS YEAR AND WHAT SHOULD HAVE, COULD HAVE HAPPENED.

BUT PUTTING A PIN IN THAT IF WE CAN, BECAUSE OF COURSE AGAIN A STORY THAT WILL CONTINUE TO EVOLVE EVEN IN THE HOURS OF TODAY, LET ALONE THE REST OF THE WEEK, I WANT TO PIVOT AND TURN TO, AS LAURA MENTIONED, NEW YORK'S PUBLIC SCHOOLS.

RUTH BADER GINSBURG WAS A PRODUCT OF THE PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM AND WE HAVE SEEN THE MANAGEMENT OF THE PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM BE QUESTIONED, AND I'LL PUT THAT MILDLY.

THERE WAS SUPPOSED TO BE AN OPENING, SOME SORT OF A SOFT OPENING FOR STUDENTS TO BE IN PART TIME, VIRTUALLY PART TIME.

THAT WAS SUPPOSED TO HAPPEN.

IT DID NOT HAPPEN.

THAT WAS PUSHED BACK.

LAURA, I WANT TO START WITH YOU BECAUSE YOUR PAPER LED WITH THE HEADLINE THAT MAYOR DE BLASIO GETS AN 'F' FOR FAILURE.

I AM NOT A PRAYING PERSON TYPICALLY, BUT I AM HOPING SO MUCH THAT THIS WORKS OUT FOR THE CITY OF NEW YORK AND FOR THE MORE THAN 1 MILLION PUBLIC SCHOOL CHILDREN WHO ATTEND OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOR THE MORALE OF NEW YORK CITY, FOR THE MORALE OF THE COUNTRY WHERE THE LARGEST PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT IN AMERICA IS, AND WE WERE ABLE TO EVEN CONTEMPLATE OPENING IN-PERSON LEARNING BECAUSE WE GOT VIRUS RATES SO LOW WHEN THEY HAD BEEN SO HIGH IN MARCH AND APRIL.

THAT WAS AN EXTRAORDINARY ACCOMPLISHMENT, AND SOMETHING THAT SEEMS TO ARE BEEN SQUANDERED TO A CERTAIN EXTENT BY THIS MISMANAGEMENT, SLOWNESS TO REACT AND NEGOTIATE FROM CITY HALL, THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, LABOR REPRESENTATIVE TEACHERS, THE PRINCIPALS OF SCHOOLS, PARENTS.

THERE HAVE BEEN THESE SILOED CONVERSATIONS THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN TAKING PLACE EARLIER, MUCH EARLIER, AND CHAOS IN THE PAST COUPLE OF WEEKS SEEMS TO HAVE BEEN THE LAW OF THE DAY.

ONE OF THE CHALLENGES BEING THAT SO MANY MORE TEACHERS ARE NOW ANTICIPATED TO BE NEEDED TO CARRY OUT EACH PHASE OF IN-PERSON OR REMOTE LEARNING THAT IT'S UNCLEAR WHETHER OR NOT A FEW DAYS DELAY WILL ALLOW SCHOOLS ENOUGH TIME, OR EVEN IF -- IF THEY CAN EVEN HIRE ENOUGH OR BRING ON ENOUGH TEACHERS TO MEET THE NEEDS THAT THEY HAVE SET OUT FOR THEMSELVES AND WHETHER OR NOT THE WHOLE ENTERPRISE IS ULTIMATELY DOOMED TO FAILURE BECAUSE OF THAT.

THAT WOULD JUST BE EXTRA ORDINARILY DEMORALIZING TO THE CITY OF NEW YORK AND WE ARE JUST HOPING THAT IT IS THE NO THE CASE.

YOU TALK SO MUCH NOT ONLY ABOUT YOUR OWN CHILDREN BEING IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM BUT ALSO ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE AS A KUEHNE PROFESSOR AND THAT TIME THAT WASN'T SQUANDERED AS YOU DESCRIBED IT, THAT THERE WAS TRAINING, THAT THERE WAS EQUIPMENT THAT WAS MADE AVAILABLE TO EVERYONE.

AGAIN HOW DO YOU SEE THIS LATEST -- I DON'T EVEN KNOW IF WE CAN CALL IT A PIVOT BECAUSE IT'S NOT, BUT SORT OF A DELAY, OKAY, CLEARLY WE NEED A LITTLE BIT MORE TIME.

THERE WERE MONTHS THAT WERE THERE.

THINK ABOUT THE MILLIONS OF PARENTS THAT ARE DEALING WITH THIS RIGHT NOW WITH THEIR SCHEDULING ISSUES.

THINK ABOUT THE CHILDREN MISSING OUT ON LEARNING.

THINK ABOUT THEY ARE MISSING OUT ON SOCIAL SKILLS THEY SHOULD BE GAINING RIGHT NOW BECAUSE OF INEPT LEADERSHIP.

I THINK NEW YORKERS ARE TIRED.

WE KNOW THAT THIS MAYOR IS AN AWFUL MANAGER.

HAD HE BEEN A GOOD MANAGER HE WOULD HAVE PREPARED FOR THIS, PREPARED FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.

HE WANTED CONTROL OF THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.

THE SASSEMBLY GAVE HIM CONTROL AND HE SQUAUBDERED IT.

THEY TURNED INTO AN ONLINE SYSTEM IMMEDIATELY AND KNEW THEY WERE GOING TO BE ONLINE, PREPARED THE STUDENTS, PREPARED THE PARENTS, PREPARED THE TEACHERS FOR COMPLETELY ONLINE LEARNING.

THE CITY OF NEW YORK SPEND MILLIONS OF DOLLARS PREPARING STUDENTS FOR ONLINE LEARNING BECAUSE WE KNEW THIS WAS GOING TO HAPPEN.

TO SEE THIS RIDICULOUS AUDIBLE CALLED ON PARENTS IS SO AWFUL.

THE POLITICAL QUESTION IS WHAT HAPPENS?

WHO IS GOING TO HOLD THE MAYOR TO ACCOUNT?

WHAT'S GONNA HAPPEN?

IS THE SYSTEMIC GOING TO HAVE HEARINGS?

IF HE DROPPED THE BALL AND SO DID THE CHANCELLOR WHAT THEN?

ANY REPER KULGSS.

H HE HAS SHOWN TO KNOW WHAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN IN THE FUTURE.

WHAT DOES THE PUBLIC GOING TO DO ABOUT THIS?

I WOULD LIKE TO SEE REPERCUSSIONS AND IT'S UNFAIR FOR THE KIDS.

AND PROFESSOR, YOU KNOW, IT'S INTERESTING.

WELL, NOT INTERESTING.

IT WOULD MAKE SENSE THAT J.C.

WOULD SPEAK UP ON BEHALF OF THE PARENTS BECAUSE THEY ARE A REALLY BIG PLAYER IN ALL OF THIS IF THEY HAVE TO BECOME TEACHERS AT HOME HELPING THEIR CHILDREN WITH ONLINE LEARNING.

HOWEVER, RECENTLY THE MAYOR WAS ON THE BRIAN LAYER RADIO SHOW AND HE SAID A LOT OF THAT COMPLAINING WAS REALLY FROM MORE AFFLUENT PERHAPS -- HE INDICATED PERHAPS MAYBE WHITE PARENTS.

MORE AFFLUENT PARENTS FROM MANHATTAN, ET CETERA, AND THAT, YOU KNOW, FOR BLACK AND BROWN PARENTS THEY UNDERSTAND STUFF HAS TO CHANGE AND IT CAN GET DIFFICULT AND ET CETERA.

NOW, J.C. IS A BROWN PARENT AND DOES NOT FEEL THAT WAY.

BUT THE WAY THAT THE MAYOR IS PLAYING THE POLITICS OF THIS, DOES THAT MAKE ANY SENSE TO YOU?

WELL, LET ME SAY, YOU KNOW, THE MAYOR IS RIGHT TO THE DEGREE THAT WE ALL KNOW THAT THE NEW YORK CITY SCHOOL SYSTEM IS PREMISED UPON NEIGHBORHOODS AND WHERE YOU LIVE AND THE EXPERIENCE YOU GET IN THE SCHOOL SYSTEM IS GOING TO BE VERY MUCH ABOUT WHERE THOSE TAX DOLLARS COME FROM.

HE IS NOT MISINFORMED ON THAT FRONT.

AND IT IS EASIER WITH -- FOR PARENTS WHO ARE UPPER MIDDLE CLASS OR WEALTHY TO MANAGE STAYING AT HOME THAN FOR WORKING CLASS OR POORER PARENTS.

THAT DOESN'T EXCUSE THE MAYOR'S MISMANAGEMENT.

WE CAN HOLD TWO THINGS IN OUR MINDS AT THE SAME TIME AND DEAL WITH THEM PROPERLY AND THERE IS NO QUESTION THAT THE CITY HAS MISMANAGED A GREAT DEAL OF WHAT'S HAPPENED AND THAT FALLS ON THE MAYOR'S SHOULDERS AND THERE SHOULD BE ACCOUNTABILITY.

I WANT TO COME BACK TO THE EARLIER POINT, YOU KNOW, RELATED TO WHAT'S TAKING PLACE IN THE STREETS IN AMERICA.

I WOULD BE REMISS IF I DIDN'T AS SOMEONE WHO WAS STOPPED AND ACCUSED OF HAVING EXPLOSIVES IN HIS CAR.

LET'S REMIND OURSELVES THAT THE REASON WHY THE PEOPLE ARE IN THE STREETS, GOOD BAD OR INDIFFERENT, BECAUSE OF THE ISSUE OF POLICE BRUTALITY.

PEOPLE LIKE MYSELF, PEOPLE WHO LOOK LIKE MY CHILDREN WHO ARE GUNNED DOWN BY POLICE AND NOT HELD TO ACCOUNT.

IF WE DON'T MENTION THAT WE ARE MISTAKEN IN WHERE THE BLAME LIES.

NONVIOLENCE CANNOT JUST BE TAUGHT TO BLACK AND BROWN PEOPLE.

IT MUST BE TAUGHT TO EVERYONE.

IT CAN'T BE AN EXCLUSIVE THING THAT BLACK PEOPLE ARE TRAINED IN AND HAVE TO BE MORE PIUS THAN NOW.

EVERYONE HAS TO ACCEPT THE PREMISE OF NONVIOLENCE AND ACCOUNTABILITY AND THAT GOES FOR POLICE OFFICERS AND THAT'S AT THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM AND WHY PEOPLE TOOK TO THE STREETS TO BEGIN WITH.

WE HAVE TO MENTION THAT.

J.C.?

YEAH, AGAIN, IF YOU BACK TO MY POINT, I WAS VERY CLEAR THAT I UNDERSTAND THE REASONS WHY BLACK LIVES MATTER IS IMPORTANT AND I UNDERSTAND THE CALLS FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE.

I SUPPORT MANY OF THOSE CALLS.

MY ISSUE IS WITH THE TRUST FUND BABIES THAT ARE USURPING THAT CALL, USURPING THAT MOVEMENT AND THEY ARE.

WE SEE THEM GETTING ARRESTED FOR TURNING UP AND BURNING STORES DOWN AND PRECINCTS DOWN.

THEY ARE USURPING THE MOVEMENT.

THEY ARE DILUTING THE MOMENT AND TAKING AWAY FROM THE HARD WORKING MEN AND WOMEN AND THE YOUNG PEOPLE THAT ARE FIGHTING FOR WHAT YOU JUST MENTIONED.

THEY ARE -- AND THEY ARE THE REASON WHY THE POLL NUMBERS FOR SUPPORT OF BLACK LIVES MATTER AND SOCIAL JUSTICE MOVEMENT IS DECREASING AND WHY THE PRESIDENT IS TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THAT BY CALLING LAW AND ORDER AND HIS POLL NUMBERS ARE IMPROVING.

WE HAVE TO BE SMART ABOUT WHAT'S HAPPENING AND NOT ALLOW THE HUBRIS TO BLIND US TO THE FACT --

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

I JUST DON'T HEAR THE SAME PASSION FOR THE WHITE YOUNG MAN, THE BOY WHO TRAVELED ACROSS STATE LINES AND SHOT AT AND KILLED PEOPLE IN KENOSHA.

I DON'T HEAR THE SAME PASSION FOR WHITE SUPREMACIST GROUPS EDGE GAUGED IN THIS VIOLENCE.

THE CONDEMNATION OF VIOLENCE CAN'T BE LAID AT ANARCHISTS OR OUTSIDE AGITATORS WHO ARE SEEN AS LEFTISTS.

IT ALSO HAS TO BE FOR RIGHT-WING AGITATORS AND, FRANKLY, FOR THE POLICE AND LAW ENFORCEMENT --

WELL LET ME INTERJECT AND MAKE A LARGER POINT, AND THAT IS IN TERMS OF HOW AT LEAST IT'S BEING SOLD PLOLITICALLY TO PEOPE IN SWING STATES THE FOCUS IS UNFORTUNATELY ON THE SOCIAL JUSTICE PROTESTS AND THERE IS -- AND YOU'RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT.

THERE ISN'T ANYWHERE NEAR THE SAME AMOUNT OF OUTCRY.

THAT SEEMS TO BE BEING HOW IT'S BEING SOLD TO PEOPLE.

LEADING IN EVERY POLL IN WISCONSIN.

I DON'T KNOW WHERE J.K. IS LOOKING.

HE HASN'T BEEN HURT IN MICHIGAN OR WISCONSIN.C. IS LOOKING.

HE HASN'T BEEN HURT IN MICHIGAN OR WISCONSIN.

HE IS LEADING IN PENNSYLVANIA.

I AM NOT SAYING THE RACES WON'T TIGHTEN OR BIDEN IS GUARANTEED TO WIN.

HE IS NOT.

I THINK WHAT HURT HILLARY CLINTON IS SHE GAVE VERY LITTLE CAUSE FOR BLACK AND BROWN PEOPLE TO TURN OUT FOR HER.

AT LEAST VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN THROUGH HIS STANCE ON SOME OF THESE ISSUES IS SAYING, YES, WE HAVE TO SUPPORT BLACK LIVES MATTER AND ANTI-POLICE STANCE WHILE ALSO CONDEMNING THE VIOLENCE.

THAT'S ALLOWING BLACK PEOPLE IN SUBURBAN PHILADELPHIA OR INNER CITIES SAYING THIS IS SOMEONE WE CAN VOTE FOR.

I HAVEN'T SEEN THE DAMAGE IF THE POLLS.

EVERY POLL I LOOK AT HE HAS BEEN IN THE LEAD.

BLACK LIVES MATTER -- BLACK LIVES MATTER AND SOCIAL JUSTICE MOVEMENTS THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO US ARE LOSING SUPPORT IN SWING STATES BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY ARE SEEING WHEN SHE'S USURPERS, NOT THE PEOPLE FIGHT FOR BLACK LIVES MATTER, USURPERS THAT HAVE NO INTEREST IN THE CAUSE THAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT ARE CAUSING HAVOC.

THEY ARE.

THEY ABSOLUTELY ARE ACROSS THE CITIES.

I KNOW THAT YOU DON'T WANT TO SEE IT, BUT IT'S TRUE.

AND YOU'RE RIGHT ABOUT -- YOU'RE RATE ABOUT THE RIGHT WINGERS --

OKAY.

I JUST WANTED TO --

ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

I HEARD THAT.

OKAY, OKAY.

NO, NO, NO, TRUST ME.

THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THOSE ARE NOT THE REASONS WHY BIDEN LOSES.

MY POINT IS WE CANNOT ALLOW DILUTERS AND USURPERS TO RUIN AN IMPORTANT CAUTION LIKE BLACK LIVES MATTER.

WE ARE SEEING IT DAILY.

ALL RIGHT.

SINCE THE GENTLEMEN HAVE HAD THE FLOOR, LAURA, THIS KIND OF GOES BACK TO THE DEBATES THAT ARE HAPPENING DEFINITELY LEFT OF THE AISLE, LET'S SAY, CENTER LEFT OF THE AISLE, AND AGAIN IS THIS SOMETHING THAT CAN BE CONGEALED IN TERMS OF MOVEMENT?

WELL, I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER WHEN WE ARE TALKING ABOUT LAW AND ORDER, PARTICULARLY HERE AT THE LOCAL LEVEL, THAT ONE OF THE INDICES MOST TIED TO STREET CRIME AND CRIME IN GENERAL IS THE UNEMPLOYMENT LEVEL.

WHEN THE UNEMPLOYMENT LEVEL GOES UP, CRIME TENDS TO GO UP.

STREET CRIME TENDS TO GO UP.

THE SOONER THAT WE CAN CURE AND ATTACK THE VIRUS THAT HAS CAUSED SO MUCH ECONOMIC DISTRESS ACROSS AMERICA IN CITIES AND GET BACK TO SOME SEMBLANCE OF NORMAL LIFE, NORMAL-ISH LIFE, GOING TO SCHOOL, GOING TO WORK, HAVING OUR TIME OCCUPIED BY MEANINGFUL ACTIVITIES, HAVING PEOPLE'S HEALTH TAKEN CARE OF, PEOPLE HAVING ENOUGH FOOD TO EAT, PEOPLE BEING ABLE -- KIDS GETTING AN EDUCATION IN PERSON IF THEY NEED IT AND GET SERVICES THAT THEY NEED IN SCHOOL IF THEY NEED IT.

THE SOONER, I THINK, THE CHAOS WILL SUBSIDE.

CHAOS BEGETS CHAOS, AND THE SOONER THAT WE CAN ATTACK THE ROOT CAUSES OF SOME OF EVERYONE'S MANIFEST UNHAPPINESS, INCLUDING THE DISPARITIES IN THE WAY PEOPLE ARE TREATED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT, THE BETTER OFF EVERYONE WILL BE.

AND WE JUST CANNOT LOSE SIGHT OF THAT.

THE VIRUS IS LAYING UNDERNEATH EVERYTHING.

THE ACTUAL VIRUS AND THE VIRUS OF HATE AND OUR COUNTRY'S LONG-STANDING HISTORY OF TREATING PEOPLE DIFFERENTLY BASED ON THE WAY THAT THEY LOOK.

WELL, THERE ARE SEVERAL MULTI-LAYERED ISSUES THAT WILL DEFINITELY BE AT PLAY AND WILL CONTINUE TO PLAY OUT AS THIS ELECTION UNFOLDS.

AS WE ATTEMPTED TO LOOK AT TWO OF THEM, I JUST WANT TO RETHANK EVERYONE ON MY PANEL, LAURA, WE JUST HEARD FROM, A MEMBER OF THE 'NEW YORK DAILY NEWS' EDITORIAL BOARD, J.C. POLANCO, POLITICAL COMMENTATOR, ATTORNEY, KUEHNE, FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE NEW YORK CITY BOARD OF ELECTIONS AND PROFESSOR AMBAR, AUTHOR, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF POLITICAL SCIENCE AT RUTGERS UNIVERSITY.

THANK YOU ALL FOR JOINING US AGAIN AS WE WILL CONTINUE TO FOLLOW THESE INCREDIBLY INTERWOVEN AND COMPLEX SUBJECTS.

'METROFOCUS' IS MADE POSSIBLE BY SUE AND EDGAR WACHENHEIM III, SYLVIA A. AND SIMON B. POYTA PROGRAMING ENDOWMENT TO FIGHT ANTI-SEMITISM.

BARBARA HOPE ZUCKERBERG, JANET PRINDLE SEIDLER, JODY AND JOHN ARNHOLD, CHERYL AND PHILIP MILSTEIN FAMILY, BERNARD AND DENISE SCHWARTZ, JUDY AND JOSH WESTON, DR. ROBERT C. AND TINA SOHN FOUNDATION.

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MetroFocus is made possible by Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, the Sylvia A. and Simon B. Poyta Programming Endowment to Fight Anti-Semitism, Bernard and Denise Schwartz, Barbara Hope Zuckerberg, Janet Prindle Seidler, Jody and John Arnhold, the Cheryl and Philip Milstein Family, Judy and Josh Weston and the Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation.

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