I assume that critics of the President will accuse him of hijacking patriotism for partisan ends. In truth, it is the Democrats that are seeking to make American patriotism a partisan issue. For the sake of identity politics they are willing to declare abhorrent our first flag, and to assail Thomas Jefferson, who they used to hail as one of the founders of their party. It saddens me that the Democrats have embraced the politics of hate against this fair land of freedom, but it surprises me not a whit. They are at war against America’s past, and American patriotism for them is completely suspect.
Thaddeus Stevens: The modern travesty of Thomas Jefferson’s political organization to which you have attached yourself like a barnacle has the effrontery to call itself The Democratic Party. You are a Dem-o-crat. What’s the matter with you? Are you wicked?
Alexander Coffroth: Well, I felt, um, formerly, I…
Screenplay Lincoln (2012)