Paul Krugman claims BLM riots of past year were figments of Republicans’ imagination

Paul Krugman claims BLM riots of past year were figments of Republicans’ imagination
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Paul Krugman wears many hats. He wears the hat of Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times op-ed columnist and the hat of Nobel Prize-winning economist. Unfortunately, none of them fit him particularly well. When, for example, he excoriated gun-crazed Republicans for the horrific shootings in Tuscon in 2011 , you just had to know that the gunman would turn out to be apolitical. (One former classmate in fact described him as “quite liberal.”)

So it was hardly surprising when Krugman last week tweeted out his belief that the “summer of love” and the attendant violence and destruction never actually happened:

The broader context for the insinuation, Fox News notes, was a Times article “slamming Republican bills designed to stop what the liberal newspaper considered mostly ‘peaceful” protests’.”

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The story blasted Oklahoma, Iowa, Indiana, Florida and other states for steps taken to prevent rioting, looting and violence that sometimes occurs during civil rights demonstrations and other forms of protests. Protests and riots following the 2020 killing of Floyd resulted in at least 18 deaths, $350 million worth of property damage in the Minneapolis area and nearly $2 billion nationwide.

Krugman’s tweet was answered by countless photo collages and accounts of the wanton destruction visited on American cities, most of them run by Democratic mayors.

Ironically, one of those mayors whose city was one of the hardest hit, Ted Wheeler of Portland, just woke up to the reality of the never-ending cycle of violence and destruction:

He pleaded for the help of the citizens of Portland in ‘standing up’ to the anarchists who have been running the town since last summer. He even promised that the police would be unleashed to restore order.

If someone as far-left as Wheeler can recognize the source of the problem (even if he can’t bring himself to name the groups responsible), maybe there is hope for Krugman yet.

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.

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