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Let's go to the -- it's going on Chicago which has an ugly gang war going on.
And now to add to that ugly game war they have an ugly political war Illinois congressman Bobby Rush blasting United States senator Mark Kirk saying -- proposed plan to mass -- 181000.
Gang members is.
-- congressman rush's words.
An elitist white boy solution.
Former congressman Alan west joins us hitting -- -- Good evening are you doing Greta.
I'm doing very well but there -- a number of things to talk about -- -- congressman rush's statements before we go to the substance of what senator Bob mark Kirk's idea is to sort of help solve the game prominent Chicago.
Your thoughts on what -- -- then rush said about about senator Mark Kirk.
Well those that solar reprehensible.
And there's always just consider if reference because senator -- -- said that.
About representative Russ what they consider the source.
Bobby Rush was the exact same person who last year.
Violated the rules of the house floor by doing a very immature and unprofessional act -- -- -- city to try to protest the -- -- Martin's shooting.
While he was in the well -- -- -- to two minute speech so this is just continuing the same type of unprofessional behavior.
That we see from representative rush.
Well the problem that I -- -- -- -- has been a gang warfare in Chicago is an enormous problem for the for the state of Illinois for the nation a minute in -- and we -- our -- -- we read -- -- about these -- an innocent people being -- But the idea that congressman rush says this and it actually does mean.
What went up 101 a white person is because called something I think I sort of back off because alas he wanted me to do is be called a racist.
But so -- how should how should Bobby Rush congressman Bobby Rush be handled on the -- -- putting the fuel on the flames.
On the racism and we cannot live to the real substantive problems of all the murders.
Well I think that representative rush realized this statement that he made was you know quite on call for he tried to come back and clean it up.
But the bottom line is this -- and also we need to understand that the president went to Chicago I believe -- Wednesday for a fund raise I don't think he's trying to tackle this problem.
You know you see a decimation of the inner cities all across the United States of America.
And yet you see these representatives that are doing nothing about it we don't need to see Chicago -- some reflection of Detroit.
You know when I go back to my own neighborhood in Atlanta Georgia see -- decimated.
You have you know 28%.
Of black kids have the mother father and -- home that's absolutely appalled horrible.
You have almost 40% black teenage unemployment you have black unemployment close -- 14%.
But yet you hear nothing coming out the Congressional Black Caucus is a matter of fact.
I tried to have a conversation with the current chairman of the black -- caucus Marcia fudge issue does not want to talk to me about this so.
You know what is -- the focus and so Mark Kirk comes along as says we got to do -- about this gang problem.
Because if you want to have economic growth in the inner city first of all you have to provide a secure environment.
Well one admitted what he did propose an I'm really not that serve another issue that seems a rather unworkable at best solution what he says was and maybe you can explain -- and better than I was able to understand from reading about it.
Is he proposed a mass arrest of 181000.
Gangster disciples -- now.
I had Amin did to tell the truth when I heard that I thought what the world is he thinking we can't have a mass -- that we can't have a dragnet for 181000.
Now I think there was misinterpreted.
When you read further about what he was talking about.
He's really going after the -- to hits the leadership.
Which is no different from what we do was drone strikes -- -- after it you know al-Qaeda which is a radical Islamist terrorist gang.
And you see that these inner city games are really terrorize and their neighborhoods.
And so you have to go after the leadership.
Of these gangs and look not just in Chicago but other inner city areas -- Chicago definitely has an epidemic situation when you look at the amount of deaths.
You know you're more likely to die from gang violence in Chicago -- if you're in the combat zone in Afghanistan and that is something that we must turn around.
What Agassi and I'm not that I went with constant Bobby Rush his comments seen Dayton daily news the white boys solution actually seemed which was a terrible description -- it.
Well I'll let you know -- terrible insult to -- -- Mark -- but -- in response to the mass arrests of 181000 not in response to arrest of the leaders so.
Lyndon you know you might it seemed like senator Mark -- was was suggesting they -- him.
Very unwieldy solution at best before -- before -- said leaders I guess as you suggest.
And then you've got congressman.
Bobby Rush insulted them.
Well first of -- of.
You wouldn't think you with fake bat you know congress for rush and others you know you this is the city of Jesse Jackson you know -- -- -- forced him to say.
But everyone would have come together and try to solve this gang problem and try to solve.
This problem of inner city violence there and not Chicago -- that -- have -- shot us across the bow.
But -- -- -- back -- this simple question.
There what is Bobby Rush is solution -- the epidemic that we see all across these inner city neighborhoods.
And this is not just about throw more money at the at the situation -- the problem which he says we need more job training programs.
We really have to now -- look at you know the the nexus of this the breakdown of the family.
The education system I mean how can we improve education in the inner city.
The number one you know issue with the black community really in these in -- city -- the school choice and no one is talking about that NASA conservative.
You know position.
But yet you see many -- the liberal black leadership.
They don't want to support the black community and tried to provide the right opportunities education opportunities for those children so you get them away from the gangs.
Crimea switch gears to that attorney general Eric Holder.
Do you think that I think number one he will survive that this will blow all of our do you think he -- was audited that -- should be fired or -- -- he's doing a good job.
Well obviously don't think he's doing a good job -- this goes all the way back to February 2009 when.
He made a comment to me that I found on possible when he said that.
The United States was a nation of cowards.
You look at the fast and furious you look at his -- mishandling of the new black panther.
Voter intimidation case we can go ad nauseam add infamy to.
And I think that now you've reached a tipping point for attorney general Eric Holder.
When you start to use your power to go after the media and that you see that not just on the conservatives but also on the liberal side.
Many people call for him to step down.
He's now become a drag -- on the president and that the president continues to try to -- buyer couldn defend him if he's complicit.
And he cannot once again use the I did not know why I have no knowledge of it if it -- not bliss in this case Eric Holder does not survive this.
I think Eric -- needs to you know step down at this fold charm offensive that he tried to establish.
Where he would have off the record conversations just shows his desperation.
This is surely doesn't get at them and because you know the men won here off the record wouldn't that they wanna be behind closed doors in this that the administration that -- -- both claimed it would that transparency was going to be its hallmark has been anything but it has been hard information -- administration.
But is it -- isn't that he does send.
Get that -- or do you think cities is trying to be clever smarter is trying to dig himself bottom hole what is it.
Well it comes down one simple thing you have had a media day has made excuses.
For Eric Holder really for this entire administration.
You know more times than not and so there is a level of we -- -- with impunity there is a level of we -- above.
You know -- at the scrutiny of these.
The congress or what have you mean understand we voted to hold him in contempt.
Professor fears and so now all of a sudden you know you have courage of guns on those who have tried to protect you.
And they're not very appreciative of that so.
I think that there's a little bit of arrogance that is there more than anything else but it is run out war.
Catherine thank you -- Thanks so much -- for having me.
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