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Rudy Giuliani continued his stint as Trump’s worst “TV lawyer” on Sunday. He essentially told the campaign team that when it comes to the question of collusion, it’s every man for himself.

During a scattershot interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” he repeated the spin that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation hasn’t uncovered evidence of collusion.

“You are confident that there is no collusion?” host Dana Bash asked.

“I can’t be confident in anyone but my client,” Giuliani said. “Am I confident because I was in that campaign at a very intimate level? Nobody talked about or knew about Russians. This came as a surprise to me, to the president, to the top four or five people around him.”

He went on to ask a truly stunning question, for a lawyer.

“Now, you go out to the outer orbit, how do I know what is going on?” he said. “I don’t think that would matter. If there is collusion with a guy 50 rungs down on the campaign — not that I’m saying it happened — but if it did, I don’t know what that means.”

At least three of the “top four guys” on Trump’s campaign — Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort — literally attended a meeting with Russians to discuss colluding, then emailed each other about it. One of the three, Manafort, is currently under indictment by Mueller.

But Giuliani’s statement isn’t just a stunning admission of potential criminality in Trump’s presidential campaign. It’s also a signal to anyone in Trump’s orbit that they are on their own. Because apparently, Trump and Giuliani will happily throw them under the bus in order to save Trump’s neck.

And by making public statements about what he saw as an “intimate” of the Trump campaign, Giuliani may have also succeeded in making himself a witness for Mueller.

Giuliani has somehow managed to keep his job throughout his disastrous tenure on Trump’s legal team. And he seems dead-set on being the gift that keeps on giving for Mueller’s investigation.

"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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