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If the government enters a shutdown, Americans will firmly blame Trump and the Republican Party for causing it.

new poll from USA Today/Suffolk University shows by almost a 2-to-1 margin (43 percent to 24 percent) that most citizens understand that Trump and his party have — once again — created a shutdown crisis, and that they are to blame.

Overall, a shutdown is an extremely unpopular idea, with 54 percent of Americans opposing the concept.

The country is facing a possible shutdown because Trump and Republicans have continually pushed for wasting billions on a needless and racist border wall. Democrats have opposed this and voters in 2018 made clear that they reject the GOP’s racist fearmongering about immigrants.

Trump himself went on the record and made it clear that he would be to blame for a shutdown. While fuming over being embarrassed by Democratic Leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, Trump said, “I am proud to shut down the government” if he doesn’t get his wall.

 

Shutting down the government has become a Republican tradition. Almost a year ago, Republicans forced yet another government shutdown, eventually caving in to Democratic pressure to reopen the government. Republicans also shut down the government in 2013 under President Barack Obama, and in 1995 and 1996 under President Bill Clinton.

But shutdowns are unnecessary and they make life difficult for millions of people. Still, Republicans don’t care and are pushing for one yet again. If it happens, Americans know that the party and its leader are completely to blame, no questions about it.

Published with permission of The American Independent.

 

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.