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Among the primary responsibilities of any American president is to reassure and comfort suffering citizens in time of disaster — a test that Donald Trump fails miserably, as when he tweeted a reminder to Puerto Rico that its government “owes money to Wall Street.”

Duly outraged by Trump’s dim response to the humanitarian crisis on the island, Seth Meyers has a few pertinent (and darkly amusing) remarks. “Hey! Weren’t you the guy who was going to put Americans before Wall Street?” he asks. “You couldn’t even do that in a tweet!”

Unfortunately Trump has to be reminded that Puerto Ricans are Americans — so Seth does that tartly, too.

Police confront George Floyd protesters

Photo Credit: Geoff Livingston

With a deranged narcissist in the Oval Office and his lackey controlling the Department of Justice, there is no point in looking to the federal government to curb police violence. Instead, President Donald J. Trump will do everything in his power to encourage it. In the wake of protests over the murder of George Floyd, he has demanded that governors crack down on protestors: "You have to dominate. ... If you don't dominate, you're wasting your time," he told them.

Moreover, most local police authorities are under local control -- mayors, city councils, district attorneys, police chiefs, sheriffs. That's where the accountability for police misconduct begins.

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