I think both you and your friend have valid points. While I understand that criticism of Trump can be legitimately interpreted as an expression of love for the US, I have also noticed that the anti Trump sentiment is often used for thinly veiled hate on the US. As a matter of fact, the latter seems to be more common, at least internationally.My long time Cuban friend and tennis buddy for years, now in Miami, has stopped communicating with me, because he was tired of people criticicising the US because of their percieved failure of Trump‘s ability to deal with the pandemic. When I tried to explain that it was my love of the US that that led me to say that a proven thief, conman and racist does not in any way represent American ideals, but in fact represents the opposite, the emails stopped. I told him that Trump was a man that would look at him and think "rapist and thief". Trump is the very opposite of what the Statue of Liberty stands for.