PASADENA, Calif. - Heated moments when a heckler shouted down Congressman Adam Schiff at the end of an interfaith forum to combat White supremacy. The man demanded more action by Schiff against President Trump.
Earlier, Schiff sat alongside leaders from the Jewish and Muslim faith communities at All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena to discuss White supremacy violence after a weekend of mass shootings including the El Paso, Texas massacre in which the shooter reportedly targeted Latino immigrants.
“El Paso was among the deadliest terror attacks in recent history but it is part of a larger trend,” said Schiff.
According to the FBI, 2017 saw a 17 percent jump in hate crimes. Schiff called the threat of White supremacy greater than the threat of Isis.
“This is a threat to our existence, this is an existential threat to our country, right now there will be no United States of America if we don’t address this head-on,” said Attendee Pamela Wilson.
During the question and answer session, the discussion turned political.
“This nightmare cannot go beyond next year,” that comment from Schiff drew a loud applause from the crowd. “We need to bring a halt to this kind of hateful bigoted rhetoric coming out of the White House that is inflaming people that we see reflected in the manifesto of this shooter in El Paso.”
But despite the current state of affairs, Schiff told the crowd he remains hopeful.
“I still believe the moral arc of the universe is bending toward justice and it’s the younger generation that gives me hope.”
The Congressman also discussed stricter gun control measures and urged Republicans to join Democrats to pass bipartisan legislation.