Trump, Patriots, Spies, and Civil War

Donald’s dangerous mangling of historical rhetoric

The hanging of British spy Major John André in 1780. (Public domain, Wikimedia Commons)

For a week now, Donald Trump has been carelessly tossing around charged phrases like “patriot,” “spy,” “treason,” and “civil war.”

The whole week has sounded like a crazy history of this country’s first four score and seven years. (Someone tell him that means 87 years.)