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Everything with Donald Trump is a transaction, whether it’s sending military aid to a wartorn country like Ukraine (remember impeachment?) or providing desperately needed medical equipment to states struck by coronavirus.

“It’s a two-way street,” according to this great statesman, who demands personal tribute from those who want federal help. “They have to treat us well too!”

Wrong, retorts Seth Meyers, broadcasting in social isolation from his home study: “No, they don’t. It’s your job! They don’t owe you anything for doing your job….Imagine being America’s dumbest person, somehow getting to the highest office in the land, and still thinking that you’re owed something.”

Meyers also has little patience with reports that Trump is feeling “isolated” and “bored” in the White House, where he has taken to crashing actual meetings – much to the surprise of his appointees. The Late Night host is recording videos remotely from home, harassed by kids and even a squawking bird.

If Seth is feeling a little crabby in self-quarantine, it’shard to blame him. At least he’s taking it out on someone who deserves it.

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Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL)


Twitter has restricted access to a tweet posted Monday by Rep. Matt Gaetz, in which the Florida Republican called for what commenters described as extrajudicial killings of protesters.

"Now that we clearly see Antifa as terrorists, can we hunt them down like we do those in the Middle East?" Gaetz tweeted, joining Donald Trump and other Republicans in blaming anti-fascists for the violence across the country at protests over the death of George Floyd.

Floyd, an unarmed black man, died after a white police officer kneeled on his neck for eight minutes, even as Floyd said he could not breathe. Autopsies have found that Floyd died of asphyxia.While Gaetz's tweet is still up, users have to click on it to see its contents. It's covered by a box that reads, "This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence. However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public's interest for the Tweet to remain accessible."

Democratic lawmakers called out Gaetz in response to the tweet and urged Twitter to remove it from the social media platform.

"Take the Gaetz tweet down right now @twitter. RIGHT NOW," Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) tweeted Monday night. "The survivors of mass shootings are lighting up my phone. They are scared to death this will inspire someone to start shooting into a crowd tonight. They are right."

After Twitter took action against his tweet, Gaetz said, "Their warning is my badge of honor."

"Antifa is a terrorist organization, encouraging riots that hurt Americans. Our government should hunt them down. Twitter should stop enabling them. I'll keep saying it," Gaetz said in a tweet that he pinned to the top of his profile page.

Donald Trump has demanded that the antifa movement be labeled a domestic terrorist organization.

However, as factcheck.org noted, "There is no such official federal designation for domestic terrorism organizations." Even if such a designation existed, the site said, it would be "difficult or questionable" to categorize antifa in that manner because it is not an organized group with a hierarchy and leadership.

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.