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If you have trouble following the spins and gyrations of Trump trade policy, don’t fret: Colbert knows what the president is doing, even if the president doesn’t. He clears up the confusion about Mexico for instance, explaining the tariff bluster that ended so abruptly last week.

“Trump threatened Mexico with tariffs,” notes Colbert, “unless they did the thing that they were already doing.” When that fakery failed to impress anyone, the president claimed that there were additional “very important” aspects of the deal that will be disclosed “at the appropriate time” — even waving a folded document at reporters.

What’s on that scrap of paper? Colbert knows. And he’ll make you laugh.

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"Performative patriotism" is a fancy way of describing what my father — a veteran of World War II who rarely spoke about his service — called "jelly-bellied flag flappers." Dad always laughed at those phonies, but we now suffer a president who is exactly that type, only worse. And Donald Trump's flag-flapping fakery is no joke.

A performative patriot is someone who, like Trump, oversells his supposed love of country, his reverence for the Stars and Stripes and, especially, his indignation at those whom he suspects of lacking his deep fervor. Such a figure will, like Trump, attempt to market these counterfeit emotions for his own benefit. And like Trump, that loud jingo is someone whose character will lead to a betrayal of American values.

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