Hawaii official objects to state's liberal portrayal
Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI) defends the 'Aloha State'
- Duration 7:42
- Date Jan 11, 2013
Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI) defends the 'Aloha State'
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Now the top story tonight perhaps the most liberal state of the union is -- -- more than a million Americans live there.
Why is the fourth highest homeless rate USA it ranks number one.
In food stamps its debt approaching ten billion dollars money it will never be able to -- 39% of hawaiians describe themselves as non religious.
Prostitution and drug use widely accepted in the -- the individual state income tax rate the highest in the country at 11%.
If you are an underage girl in Hawaii you can get an abortion without telling your parents and if you rape a child in the aloha state.
The mandatory prison sentence is an unbelievable.
-- -- years.
Hawaii will not pass Jessica's law to -- -- that appalling situation.
Joining us now from Honolulu congresswoman Colleen Hannah -- Who objected to the factors report last week the focus it on Hawaii's vocal so congresswoman what exactly -- UB.
Well first of all mr.
O'Reilly thank you for giving us this opportunity short.
What I was taking great exception to was the way you basically.
Described Asian Americans -- I am a part of you must know that one of the issues that we have always contended with as Asian Americans is the fact that.
We have had to deal with for example world war two and the fact it.
Japanese Americans were intern for no reason other than the fact of where their parents may have been born -- -- -- have been glad now is appalling I'm Leon Franklin Roosevelt there was a liberal guy not me but but let's get specific what what did I say about Asian Americans.
That has you fired up.
Use you just basically said that we couldn't be from a liberal state.
Dole -- sure you -- did so -- of as a compliment because we are hard working.
And we are in fact.
Industrious and that's.
Exactly what I said those in my exactly -- -- that did not equate to someone who was liberal.
And -- you what you fail to recognize is a major part of our culture.
Our Asian culture Pacific islander culture is the fact that we terrorists are kupuna as though those are elders.
We believe in -- fast -- as someone put it to me today we move together we are culture at that.
Talk about and care about each other OK I have -- another.
And I know -- we were talking about now listen did you see that report.
Did you see the report we did you did do you remember -- the correspondent us.
No I'm sorry I don't other than the fact that it was you that you're talking -- you you don't remember the guy that we sent a YE who was talking to me on the set.
Though I don't remember that person you remember ever seeing him do you remember seeing him on the set.
Though I don't remember seeing him on the -- OK it's hard to believe you saw the report and congresswoman with all due respect.
On your -- so I took it -- and are you saw -- how you like -- amendment.
We was with me and I also saw the scenes that you put on your report.
I saw the day you saw -- -- -- -- artisans just listen to me for a minute because I think you're a good person and a fair person.
I don't believe he saw that report on television rights but I think he sought -- media matters which side on your website.
And you took a clip from media matters which they took totally out of context totally out of context -- right you didn't see the full report.
On this program you did did you.
I sought yeah you're right I got out all right a -- that's mistake -- I want.
It the Asian comment was in the context of water's going to Hawaii.
Interviewing guys in decliners who are on unemployment sitting back and that beautiful son in -- and say you know why.
It's give me stuff I don't wanna work -- that's what it would be that important in Asian Americans -- You -- if you want if you want I just pick -- certain things.
In Hawaii as you don't I don't know I look -- I'm sure you could try I know that's what about I don't know why I've been there many times I know one sitting I know why don't.
Why congress I don't why as well as any journalists in this country I've based out of there when I did my -- report I love Hawaii however you can't dispute what I just told you.
You have a very low unemployment rate and why it's five point 3% every get very.
Yeah you hire -- camp pending whoever the highest food stamp.
And the fourth highest are homeless rate in the country.
That's because -- set up an entitlement system that encourages people to get food stamps and be homeless that's what -- -- the addiction rate in the islands is off the chart.
Because she don't enforce the drug laws there.
Drugs are common in from -- this is the live.
World -- I think.
I think mr.
Reilly what you have to look is look at our statistics.
I did just -- -- until US.
You do not have you do not have statistics available based on just.
What do you say drug use those statistics and not kept.
By the FBI are by our own attorney general you are you gonna -- -- -- that you had a big substance abuse problem in the islands are you gonna do that tonight.
You know I am not saying you can't do it because you know -- in Iraq.
Let's get to -- -- that I -- this whole issue with crystal meth and why.
And I would tell you the one thing that we have always recognize that we've always done is addressed and we know -- the start.
And that's when we have this.
This is congresswoman you're -- good -- -- residents you're a you're a good woman you know you have a problem which is why you're spending your time -- now I gotta get to Jessica's law are you kidding me.
Two year mandatory for child rape.
States have some kind of Jessica's law.
Which means that child rapists are given fifteen to life if they commit that crime -- why anyone even consider.
-- com on you gotta get behind that.
I don't I I will tell you.
I will get behind it but actually not what we're talking about well yes we are.
A little -- YE.
All liberal -- -- -- -- and we are by your definition liberal because we care we care about our elders we care about those.
Who get certain people out there elders to call -- -- -- Congressmen are very strong culture in Hawaii to do that I would say this when you characterize us in Hawaii.
-- -- -- that you're talking about.
It culture of people who have managed to bits together and work to get congress -- -- you're absolutely right said.
We are -- about us as being like OK because we aren't that special state and I am glad you like coming in your heart -- You -- in their hearts Hawaiian people are the best in their hearts are right you are social system.
Is -- Iraq and do me one favor because I think you're a very good woman.
Never again condemn anybody unless you see the total report.
Because what I did was not offensive to Asians.
I was talking -- -- context that you didn't see because she took it off a far left website that is dishonest and that doesn't do any good.
Nadal yet you didn't see her record in congress want faces and you if you are coming after me that's statement you are expensive not not all of us if you congress -- we cannot be fair says.
To -- he wants you to recognize that we are different.
That is all we're asking to that we -- tonight it's no I won't do got a friend I will do that if -- promise me you will be fair you gonna come after somebody.
Watch the report it was three minutes and thirty seconds you could've done -- he should've done.
Congressman I am I did see that we've got to go sorry if you feel like -- -- all right and media said he didn't watches that would take you work.