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Trevor Noah highlighted the gubernatorial election this Saturday in Louisiana — and the ability of Democratic challenger John Bel Edwards to turn just about any question into a knock on family-values Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter’s prostitution scandal: “That comeback was like a brothel — Vitter walked right into it!”

Stephen Colbert examined the hate being stirred up by politicians against Muslim refugees: “This kind of selective immigration is nothing new. Like the plaque on the Statue of Liberty says: ‘Give us your tired, your poor, mostly Christians, and maybe one or two Indian guys with engineering degrees.'”

Larry Wilmore shamed the sports fans who have yelled out inappropriate stuff during observations for a moment of silence at the stadiums.

Jimmy Fallon did an interview with “Bobby Jindal” (played by Aziz Ansari) in the wake of Jindal dropping out of the presidential race.

Conan O’Brien: “At a campaign rally, Donald Trump said he would, quote, ‘Bomb the s@#t out of ISIS.’ It’s all part of his new campaign slogan: ‘Donald Trump — The Drunk Guy Next To You At The Sports Bar.'”

"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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