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Reciprocity is the key to any successful relationship.

In today’s clip, Conan O’ Brien reveals Kim Jong-un’s loving short film dedicated to his new pal President Trump. Apparently smitten over Trump’s super-cheese short film that debuted at the Singapore summit, the DPRK dictator promises several goodies. Like throwing 45’s political opponents in a North Korean gulag. But the offer comes with a catch.

Oh, and don’t worry, it’s not actually real. The last thing anyone wants to see is Trump’s opponents, from the Republican or Democratic side, thrown into one of Kim Jong-un’s “re-education” camps.

Except for Ted Cruz. Most of us would probably be OK with that on some level.

Click for Conan cackles.

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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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