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To understand the furor over Steve Bannon’s devastating description of “treasonous” conduct by Donald Trump Jr. — and all the other harsh things said by the former chief strategist in Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury — the full context is helpful. And in this segment, Trevor Noah places the Bannon quotes within the latest revelations about the Trump-Russia scandal.

As the burgeoning feud between the president and his ex-adviser continues to erupt, however, the Daily Show host admits that choosing sides isn’t easy. It’s Alien versus Sexual Predator!

So perhaps we should all just sit back and enjoy the carnage.

 

 

"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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