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“Donald Trump invited the Taliban to Camp David — three days before 9/11! Next month, he’s taking Al Qaeda to Six Flags, did you know that?”

So begins Jimmy Kimmel’s scorching monologue, which captures the absurd dynamics now at work in the Trump White House. As Kimmel notes, even Republicans were appalled by this mad scheme, although most of them are still groveling publicly.

He moves briskly on to the president’s absurd Twitter spat with John Legend and Chrissy Teigen (won decisively by the lady) and provides bonus video of Don Jr. in village idiot mode.

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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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