In the months leading up to the 2016 presidential election, when it seemed almost 99% certain that Donald Trump was going to lose to Hillary Clinton, leftists whined, moaned, and complained about how the right would not accept the results. Soon after the historic vote, the left tried everything to delegitimize Trump’s presidency, calling for his impeachment even before he was sworn in to the Oval Office. With another race for the White House around the corner, prominent leftists, such as Keynesian Paul Krugman, are already disputing the results. Their case goes like this: If Trump wins re-election, it was illicit. If former Vice President Joe Biden is the winner, it was a flawless victory.
Dude, Where’s My Tinfoil?
It might not be official, but Krugman has embarked upon a career change. Judging by some of his latest commentaries – in both The New York Times and on Twitter – Krugman is dabbling in comedy or conspiracy theories, to become, respectively, the next Henny Youngman or Alex Jones.
Krugman recently performed his best Jones impression, writing:
“At this point, it will be almost impossible for Trump to win reelection legitimately. It’s quite possible, however, that he will try to steal the election … attempted theft could happen in multiple ways; expect to see many or all in November. Men claiming to be federal agents, but without identification, are already making arrests. Coming to polling places in November? Broken voting machines in D-leaning precincts? Mysterious and selective rejection of millions of absentee ballots? The list goes on. Don’t say they wouldn’t; clearly they will if they can. If you aren’t scared, you’re oblivious.”
In other words, if Krugman disapproves of who wins in November, it is illegitimate. He is rejecting the electoral process before it even happens. Everyone on the left slammed Trump for this in 2016 when he would not commit to accepting the results. He reiterated this stance in a recent interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace, taking more of a wait-and-see approach due to various factors.
This is not the first time Krugman has delved into conspiracy-theory territory. Soon after the 2016 contest, he wrote an op-ed titled “How to Rig an Election,” suggesting that the vote was rigged in favor of Trump and against the former secretary of state. He listed in earnest state governments preventing minorities from voting, a pro-Trump FBI (seriously), and the mainstream media concentrating too much on Clinton’s emails instead of her public policy proposals.
Are these the inane ramblings of a hyper-partisan? Or are they the words of somebody screaming for an intervention on A&E by friends and family? Perhaps it is a little bit of both: a leftist desperate to believe that the other side is worse than Hitler as well as ready, willing, and able to punch senior citizens and newborn babies. Maybe Krugman’s attitude toward 60 million Americans is what is wrong today.
Krugman Nation Has Fallen
It may have been in 2011 when Krugman first showed signs of a man facing a significant breakdown. He told CNN that the best way to stimulate the economy is through a space-alien invasion. Krugman topped himself by advocating for a trillion-dollar coin to help avoid a debt crisis. He also forecast that the stock market would crash in the months after Trump’s victory. You can get things wrong only so many times before people start to doubt your character, intelligence, and sanity. Perhaps this is the “leftist lunacy” that Liberty Nation’s Editor-at-Large James Fite writes about every week. The Norwegian Nobel Committee gets a bit more tarnished each time Krugman speaks, writes, or tweets.
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