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Donald Trump says he has “never heard of a Category Five” storm like Hurricane Dorian. But as Jimmy Kimmel reminds us, Trump said the same thing not so long ago about Hurricane Maria — in fact, he said it several times.

But never mind. If the president of the United States has “the memory and skin tone of a goldfish,” to quote Jimmy again, at least he can still play golf — as he did the other day when he was supposedly preparing for the impending natural disaster.

Kimmel reviews all the Trump news that transpired during his August vacation, including the mini-scandal over his younger daughter: “Poor Tiffany! She gets less affection from her dad than Kim Jong-un.” And then there’s the ever-amusing Mike Pence. Jimmy wonders, would Pence eat dog food if Trump told him too? (Yes.)

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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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