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The idiotic attempt by right-wing conspiracy-mongers to implicate Robert Mueller in “sexual assault” — by paying women to make false accusations — is a perfect distraction from grimmer news. The FBI is now investigating the plot, which ultimately may result in one or two morons going to prison.

This stumbling frame-up was made for late-night comedy.

Jimmy Kimmel expertly unpacks the ludicrous details and comical characters behind the scheme, including a clever fraudster who put his mom’s phone number on a fake “intelligence” website.

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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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