LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles City Attorney says Americans need to stand up against hate, and he shed tears as he decried white nationalists and neo-Nazis.

Speaking to reporters Friday, Mike Feuer recounted how his father was captured by Nazis while serving during World War II. His father was later released and Feuer says that helped shape his political ideologies.

Feuer, a Democrat, chastised President Donald Trump's response after a man drove his car into a group of counter-protesters at a white nationalist rally in Virginia.

He says Trump "has helped to normalize, embolden & give license to the neo-Nazis."

Feuer says his office has filed several lawsuits alleging that white supremacist gangs were using Los Angeles homes.

He says his office has investigated about 34 hate crimes between January and August.