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Democrats: We’re the Real American Patriots

Tonight, candidates spoke passionately about protecting America’s troops and defending the Constitution. Are voters actually looking for a message of statesmanship?
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Protecting troops deployed overseas. Cherishing the Constitution. Defending the rule of law. Without exception, the 12 Democratic presidential candidates who took the debate stage in Ohio tonight pitched themselves as the True American Patriots who will restore the country’s dignity after four years of President Donald Trump.

In an election season driven, this rhetoric stood out: It’s a callback to an older, putatively more civilized time in Washington, when everyone agreed on the president’s role as the leader of the free world.

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