NYT columnist Paul Krugman calls Trump presidency 'white nationalist takeover'; urges Democrats to resist

18 U.S. Code § 2383 defines “sedition” as “Whoever incites, sets on foot, assists, or engages in any rebellion or insurrection against the authority of the United States or the laws thereof, or gives aid or comfort thereto”.

Paul Krugman, 64, is an economist, a “Distinguished Professor” at CUNY, and a New York Times columnist. Wikipedia describes him as “born to a Jewish family”.
In an op/ed for the New York Times on February 27, 2017, Krugman comes dangerously close to sedition by:

  • Calling the election of Donald Trump a “white nationalist takeover of the U.S. government” and therefore racist. That, in turn, implies that both the election and the Trump presidency, which Krugman calls a “ruling clique,” are illegitimate.
  • Calling the only weeks-old Trump presidency “malfeasance,” the legal definition of which is “The commission of an act that is unequivocally illegal or completely wrongful”.
  • Claiming the MSM have been “bullied and bribed” by Trump into becoming “de facto propaganda organs of the ruling clique,” which is so ludicrous, it’s almost funny because if that were true, then Paul Krugman would not have his seditious op/ed published.
  • Proceeding from that premise, Krugman then applauds Democrats for their anger and outrage and urges them against making any compromises with the Trump administration, which of course would make governing impossible.

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Below is Paul Krugman’s op/ed, “The Uses of Outrage,” in its entirety:

Are you angry about the white nationalist takeover of the U.S. government? If so, you are definitely not alone. The first few weeks of the Trump administration have been marked by huge protests, furious crowds at congressional town halls, customer boycotts of businesses seen as Trump allies. And Democrats, responding to their base, have taken a hard line against cooperation with the new regime.

But is all this wise? Inevitably, one hears some voices urging everyone to cool it — to wait and see, to try to be constructive, to reach out to Trump supporters, to seek ground for compromise.

Just say no.

Outrage at what’s happening to America isn’t just justified, it’s essential. In fact, it may be our last chance of saving democracy.

Even in narrowly partisan terms, Democrats would be well advised to keep listening to their base. Anyone who claims that being seen as obstructionist will hurt them politically must have slept through the past couple of decades. Were Democrats rewarded for cooperating with George W. Bush? Were Republicans punished for their scorched-earth opposition to President Obama? Get real.

It’s true that white working-class voters, the core of Donald Trump’s support, don’t seem to care about the torrent of scandal: They won’t turn on him until they realize that his promises to bring back jobs and protect their health care were lies. But remember, he lost the popular vote, and would have lost the Electoral College if a significant number of college-educated voters hadn’t been misled by the media and the F.B.I. into believing that Hillary Clinton was somehow even less ethical than he was. Those voters are now having a rude awakening, and need to be kept awake.

Outrage may be especially significant for the 2018 midterm elections: the districts that will determine whether Democrats can take back the House next year have both relatively well-educated voters and large Hispanic populations, both groups likely to care about Trump malfeasance even if the white working class doesn’t (yet).

But there is a much bigger issue here than partisan politics, important as that is, given the evident determination of a Republican Congress to cover up whatever Mr. Trump does. For democracy itself is very much on the line, and an outraged populace may be our last defense.

Mr. Trump is clearly a would-be autocrat, and other Republicans are his willing enablers. Does anyone doubt it? And given this reality, it’s completely reasonable to worry that America will go the route of other nations, like Hungary, which remain democracies on paper but have become authoritarian states in practice.

How does this happen? A crucial part of the story is that the emerging autocracy uses the power of the state to intimidate and co-opt civil society — institutions outside the government proper. The media are bullied and bribed into becoming de facto propaganda organs of the ruling clique. Businesses are pressured to reward the clique’s friends and punish its enemies. Independent public figures are pushed into collaboration or silence. Sound familiar?

But an outraged populace can and must push back, using the power of disapproval to counter the influence of a corrupted government.

This means supporting news organizations that do their job and shunning those that act as agents of the regime. It means patronizing businesses that defend our values and not those willing to go along with undermining them. It means letting public figures, however nonpolitical their professions, know that people care about the stands they take, or don’t. For these are not normal times, and many things that would be acceptable in a less fraught situation aren’t O.K. now.

For example, it is not O.K. for newspapers to publish he-said-she-said pieces that paper over administration lies, let alone beat-sweetening puff pieces about Trump allies. It’s not O.K. for businesses to supply Mr. Trump with photo ops claiming undeserved credit for job creation — or for business leaders to serve on “advisory” panels that are really just another kind of photo op.

It’s not even O.K. to go golfing with the president, saying that it’s about showing respect for the office, not the man. Sorry, but when the office is held by someone trying to undermine the Constitution, doing anything that normalizes him and lends him respectability is a political act.

I’m sure many readers would rather live in a nation in which more of life could be separated from politics. So would I! But civil society is under assault from political forces, so that defending it is, necessarily, political. And justified outrage must fuel that defense. When neither the president nor his allies in Congress show any sign of respecting basic American values, an aroused public that’s willing to take names is all we have.

Paul Krugman has a habit of making extremist, threatening rhetoric. In a NYT op/ed in 2009 on why Congress must pass Obamacare into law, Krugman wrote, “A message to progressives: By all means, hang Senator Joe Lieberman in effigy.”
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William Brandon Shanley
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William Brandon Shanley

This is lunacy. There is no basis for such a claim by Mr. Krugman. Is he a satanist, too?

Glenn47
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Glenn47

Krugman has been unhinged for a long time. I have to question the distinquish professor though. There never has been anything distinquished about him. He behaved the same way with Bush Jr.
Right now, still reeling from a loss in Nov and an amazing speech this week, the left will throw out anything they can, hoping something sticks. They will start attacking Republicans one by one hoping to bully and intimidate them all into submission. It is no surprise those leading,the charge are all planning to run in 2020.
Krugman will assist in any he can.

Mark S. McGrew
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Are you sure he is writing about Trump? It sounds entirely like a description of Obama.
As they say, “Accuse the other guy of what you are doing.”

K. Chris C.
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K. Chris C.

Ah, another of the 1.73% dictating to we non-dual-citizen Americans. Thing is, I do believe that his kind promised for centuries to take themselves away from us if they had their own place to dwell. Well, they do have their own place. So why is he not only still here, but also seeing fit to complain about our behavior in OUR country?! Go! Go to that shtetl on the Eastern Med. and implement all your plans and be a shining example for all mankind to emulate, but do it there, no longer here. Humorous though, is that Trump is but… Read more »

K. Chris C.
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K. Chris C.

“Pop quiz hotshot!” How many Muslim residents of the US tyranny in any period does one see or hear dictating to we Americans about what’s what, and how we should live and behave? Khazarian?
Now pop open Revelations and search out any mention of Muslims. However, starting in the Letters to the Churches (2:9, 3:9), the Khazarians are mentioned numerous times. And who did Jesus state was their father? And their father is also the father of what? (John 8:44)
An American citizen, not US subject.

iconordic
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Benjamin Franklin warned that if, ever, we let the Jews get a toe hold in America, that in 200 years they would have the rest of us enslaved.
Well, the way things are going, it looks like Old Ben was, pretty much right, except, that it isn’t going to take them as long as Ben Franklin figured.

Anonymous
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Put down the bong, Krugman…comment image

marblenecltr
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Dr. Eowyn, you deserve much admiration for working your way through that mountain of what I consider lies, studying it, and writing about it so well. Out of curiosity, how long did it take to recover and eat a meal?

marblenecltr
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Reblogged this on necltr and commented:
Is this not indication that David Rockefeller’s gratitude announced to the Bilderberg meeting of 1991 for the cooperation of “The New York Times” and other major news outlets in refraining from printing truths detrimental to success of his striving for global rulership since at least the nineteen sixties deserved? And, is not the apparent madness in today’s MSM presentations a sign of failure of that scheme as the public can’t help but see the attempted destruction of its nation and families?

Danabelle
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Danabelle

I’m sick and tired of these elitist academic know it alls. I’ve known for a long time what their agenda is and they all sound looney. It’s time people start ignoring them cuz we don’t need them to boss us around.

Fergus
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Fergus

Its people like Krugman that demonstrate having credentials mean zero. Commonsense, achievements, results count for far more because they are the results of success.
Krugman is a bad joke who could only be lauded in academia. Failures aren’t tolerated in normal society, and insanity is only tolerated in policitical and media circles.

Glenn47
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Glenn47

Krugman does realize he is a white man that want his side to control the world doesn’t he? Seems pretty hypocritical.

cogitoergosumantra
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Another idiot who was given a Nobel for his political/ideological views rather than for any illuminating ideas or actions he has taken in his field… our last president being an even greater example thereof. Schmendrick.

tuxitix
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After what I read by Paul Joseph Watson about the bastard Obama and his lapdog Valerie, who just moved in with him and Michael, I am so furious I can hardly see straight! I am so fed up at the Democratic Cult and their bitching about President Donald Trump and their desire to stage a coup on him. I hope that worthless S.O.B. Obama., Jarrett and a lot more liberal traitors are charged with treason and sedition and hanged from the nearest tree until dead! Then they can make that trip to Hell where they belong!

David
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David

Ever notice how many so-called educated professors have joined the Fruit Cake Brigade? Running their mouths to achieve their 15 minutes of fame. Instead of TEACHING the classes they are being paid BIG BUCKS to teach they waste students time indoctrinating them into the Fruit Cake Brigade.

Paul
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Paul

Oh Dear – The prospects of (((their))) treasured New World Order seem to be slithering back down the rabbit-hole, crashing back through Alice’s Looking-glass, bounced back “over the rainbow” and clear through the Overton Window towards the far far distant vanishing Event Horizon…

txfella
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Ferret face.

greenworxx
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greenworxx

Krugman lives in an alternative existence separated from reality.

joandarc
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joandarc

Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this most excellent post. Krugman’s contentions are idiotic, stupid, illogical and full of hatred, not supported by facts or reason, wherein he is not only insulting our President, but the American people who elected him as President.

CP
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Paul Krugman Has Turned Into A Wild-Eyed Conspiracy Theorist https://thefederalist.com/2016/12/20/paul-krugman-turned-wild-eyed-conspiracy-theorist/ In The New York Times last week, Paul Krugman wrote what may be the most quietly unhinged column of the entire election, no mean feat. [linked above] Payton: NYT Columnist Paul Krugman’s Brain Broke A Long Time Ago https://thefederalist.com/2016/12/19/payton-nyt-columnist-paul-krugmans-brain-broke-long-time-ago/ ‘This is a desperate plea for attention from a guy whose become completely unhinged over the past couple of months and has been writing for a publication that has. . . predicted every single turn of the election completely wrong.’ [linked above] Paul Krugman Illustrates The Damaged Political Psyches Of The… Read more »

tuxitix
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I for one am so sick of seeing the insults, slander, death threats, and ignorance in general on Twitter and everywhere about our President Trump, and those of us who voted for him, from the dirt bag, degenerate, evil, God-hating, America-hating liberals. Now they are using our president”s tweet about Obummer wiretapping to say that they got a permit from FISA because of “evidence” of collusion with Russia. In the meantime all I have seen are pictures of McCaskill, Schumer and other liberal trash with the Russians, plus Obummer met with them several times in the White House. As someone… Read more »

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