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There are moments when you have to watch Stephen Colbert to understand the news—especially those hideous Trump tweets.

Once again, the dozen or so women who accused Trump of sexual harassment or assault last year are making headlines, and Trump is once again issuing his blanket denials of their credible, highly detailed charges. While many media outlets unthinkingly give equal weight to accusation and denial, Colbert provides photographic evidence that Trump is lying.

Then there was the notorious tweet that Stephen considers “most shameless,” a misogynist attack on Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). it doesn’t reflect well on Trump, Melania, or press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who suggests we get our minds out of the the gutter.  Of course, that’s impossible with this man as president. He takes the news into the gutter every day.

"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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