When Ron Paul says that the act itself is unpatriotic, Gingrich responds with the example of Timothy McVeigh.
But the vast cultural rift is diminishing, and as a result, calling Democrats unpatriotic is becoming a bit harder.
The role was originally offered to John Wayne, who rejected it for being “unpatriotic.”
1650s, "of one's own country," from French patriotique or directly from Late Latin patrioticus, from Greek patriotikos, from patriotes (see patriot). Meaning "loyal, supporting one's own country" is from 1757. Related: Patriotical.