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Trump and his ilk are the opposite of patriots

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For some time, I have been perplexed by the sanctimoni­ous use of the term “patriot” by those supporting former President Donald Trump and the “Big Lie.” A recent letter to the editor made such a claim (“Trump supporters are patriots,” July 31). Huh?

I believe this is a totally inaccurate applicatio­n of the word. I would like to be called a patriot because I love the United States of America, the U.S. Constituti­on, the flag, values, principles and ideals that have made this nation great. So, as any old-timer would do, I went to my trusty, thick, old, Webster’s New Internatio­nal Dictionary, 2nd edition (published in 1951) to see the entry for “patriot.”

Here are the first two definition­s: “1. A fellow countryman; compatriot; 2.

One who loves his country and zealously supports its authority and interests.” Surely, this is not consistent with the portrait of the former president’s supporters.

What word might then be replaced in the headline? I went back to my dictionary where I believe I found the perfect replacemen­t. Here is the definition of the replacemen­t word: “1. To renounce and resist by force, the authority of the ruler or government to which one owes allegiance; 2. To oppose one in authority or in control; to be disobedien­t or insubordin­ate; to make resistance.”

These are definition­s for the word, “rebel.” Seems to be a more accurate moniker for the Big Lie folks. They did carry Confederat­e battle flags into the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, didn’t they?

— David Vocke, Towson

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