Regarding “Trump urges Americans to ‘stay true to our cause’ in controversial July Fourth fete” in the July 5 edition, Trump’s darkly ironic commandeering of a holiday that celebrates independence from tyranny, along with his latest rallies and interviews, reconfirms that he’s devoid of fresh ideas, stuck in a spin cycle of transparent lies, and laser-focused on three things: Trump, Trump and Trump.

At rallies, Trump’s schlocky shtick mirrors Elvis’s final concert: While star-struck Trumpketeers lip-sync to his Golden Oldies — “Fake News,” “Build the Wall,” “Enemy of the People,” “Witch Hunt,” “Lock Her Up” — it’s indisputable that their Oval-Office heartthrob has lost his hallowed groove, lumbering like a tragicomic self-parody, rehashing long-outdated material, struggling to hit notes.

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