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Don’t worry folks, your daily dose of #EndorseThis is not turning Republican. Even if it were, we wouldn’t give much airtime to Newt Gingrich, former GOP Speaker of the House whose bogus “Contract with America” was voided almost two decades ago.

But credit where credit is due. In today’s clip, Gingrich tells President Trump’s giddy gang of groveling groupies — also known as Fox & Friends — that the so-called Susan Rice email “scandal” is a nothing-burger.

Newt defends Obama’s former National Security Advisor as innocent, if career-oriented. “Someday she’s writing a memoir and she just wanted to have (the document),” he tells a stunned trio of Trumpers. “It’s happened to me.”

Click to hear the Fox hosts squirm and stutter in response. You can almost see their tinfoil hats crinkle and fall off…if only for a moment.

"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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