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Fighting Donald Trump on his own level is not always a good idea. When our insecure, juvenile POTUS “brands” an opponent “Lyin’ Ted” or “Dicky Durbin,” it’s often best to move on and let Trump’s pathos and lack of class speak for itself.

But there comes a time to return fire. On Saturday, Illinois senator and Army combat veteran Tammy Duckworth decided she had had enough from Trump after he tweeted that Democrats are “holding the military hostage” by voting down a partisan, temporary funding bill to keep the government open under GOP terms.

Reminding us that Trump is a “five-deferment draft dodger” who now has the chutzpah to lecture war vets in Congress about taking care of our military, Duckworth nails him with a brand-new nickname.

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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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