“Trumpistan”

In a direct sense, Mr Trump’s elevation was made possible by the F.B.I.’s blatant intervention in the election, Russian subversion, and the supine news media that obligingly played up fake scandals while burying real ones on the back pages. 

That is Paul Krugman writing in the New York Times.

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40 Responses to “Trumpistan”

  1. J.H.

    The American President is a cult of personality. It always has been…. Take JFK for example and people bawling in the street when he got shot….

    I put it to Krugman, that the Cult of the President is a lot less nowadays, not more. Who would be bawling in the street if Obama had been shot and nobody would be shedding a tear if Trump lost a chunk of his skull tomorrow.

    Just more Anti Trump hyperbole and the usual main-fake-stream media inanities.

    If the media really want to visit an American “Stan”…. They should go to Dearborn Michigan.

  2. Michael Muscat

    More fake news from the fakestream media.

  3. Simon/other

    Just because the utterances of the emotionally unwell are put down on paper does not make them “writings”.
    I’m quite certain that many high profile academics will be sorry soon. They have forgotten that what made them high profile in the first place was not their opinions but their unwillingness to take sloppy ideological shortcuts. So many fine minds ruined by the quick fix of instant popularity.

  4. Leo G

    Krugman says “America Becomes a Stan”.
    I prefer that to the pompous Ollie it became some years ago. In the meantime, the Dance of the Cuckoos plays out on the streets of Washington.

  5. jupes

    LOL. 2016 was the best year ever politically in my lifetime. By the look of this article – sooking of the ocean-going class – 2017 will be even better.

    Keep it up Krugman you loser.

  6. The Vengeful Ghost of Fiona Watson's Moggie

    Anything to avoid acknowledging the left’s own responsibility for its loss.

  7. stackja

    What will save the NYT?

  8. Cradock's Choice

    In short, America is rapidly turning into a stan.

    Dear God.

    Has this dribbling imbecile been licking the drying trays at th local meth lab?

  9. Empire GTHO Phase III

    Seeing Krugman, Soros, Killary et al lose their shit publicly every week since the election has been immensely satisfying.

    I wish them the very worst in life and trust they will wallow in misery until death takes them.

  10. iain russell

    Empire etc sums it up beautifully. The Krugster and the rest of the freaks at the NYT need to seek professional help.

  11. H B Bear

    Great stuff.

    Putin should fly his labrador to NYC so it can hump Krugman’s leg, broadcast live on RT.

  12. dan

    Just for fun I asked my wife what the Russians did in the US election (she reads the news quite often, mostly from Facebook and the New Yorker). She tells me that the Russian government hacked into voting machines and registered enough votes for Trump to win him the election.

    When I explained that the DNC were basically phished and the only hacking was a release of information about things that the Democrats actually had said and done she was as surprised as I assume most Facebook readers would be.

  13. dan

    Krugman says “America Becomes a Stan”.

    Isn’t that a bit racist?

  14. King Koala

    (((Paul Krugman))) falls in line with the new media narrative that Russia caused Trump’s win. No mention that China also hacked the DNC servers along with half a dozen other countries and innumerable script kiddies.

    Someone should point out to (((Krugman))) that if Hillary was not crooked in the first place she would not have to worry about her crookedness being exposed.

  15. King Koala

    Isn’t that a bit racist?

    Did you not attend university? Don’t you know that only whites can be racist.

  16. Sam Duncan

    For once, I agree with Krugman:

    “the F.B.I.’s blatant intervention in the election”

    … recommending no prosecution when they accepted there had been a clear breach of the law …

    “Russian subversion”

    …i.e., John Podesta falling for an obvious phishing scam and inadvertently revealing the corruption and contempt for voters in, and use of agents provocateurs by, the DNC …

    “and the supine news media that obligingly played up fake scandals while burying real ones on the back pages.”

    … such as throwing their hands up in mock horror over a crude remark made by one candidate a decade ago, insinuating that a foreign power directly intervened in the electoral process, or that the FBI investigation itself was a partisan act, while turning a blind eye to the malfeasance that triggered it, or any of the aforementioned Democrat corruption.

    What else could he possibly mean?

  17. struth

    The beautiful thing is that the people listening to has beens from a bygone era are fewer and fewer every day.
    And those that are, are not all naively believing the msm.
    They lost.
    They have no power left.
    As it should be.

  18. Nerblnob

    There’s no doubt that Russia spreads disinformation, or in the election case, brings to light inconvenient truths, and tries to influence events. Any competent spying operation does. It’s a given and most people will have taken that into account.

    They’ve been particularly, and quite blatantly, behind anti-fracking propaganda. Lefties/Greenies need to be reminded again and again how they’ve been played like cheap fiddles on that one, to help Russia retain its gas hegemony in Europe . Even Hillary acknowledged that a couple of years ago.
    http://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Wikileak-Clinton-Told-Oil-Majors-Environmentalism-Is-Russian-Hoax.html

  19. Nerblnob

    Australia must also be a target for these activities – Russia is aiming to be the major gas supplier to NE Asia and will be delighted to see Australia pricing and banning itself out of the market.
    http://globalriskinsights.com/2016/03/russia-china-continue-forge-energy-ties/

  20. Nerblnob

    struth
    #2257076, posted on January 10, 2017 at 1:46 am
    The beautiful thing is that the people listening to has beens from a bygone era are fewer and fewer every day.
    And those that are, are not all naively believing the msm.
    They lost.
    They have no power left.
    As it should be.

    Australia hasn’t got the message yet.

    For all his sins, if Abbott and the Libs had ignored the polls and social media frenzy in 2015 and just beasted on through, they are unlikely to be any worse off than they are now.

  21. Tom

    Just for fun I asked my wife what the Russians did in the US election (she reads the news quite often, mostly from Facebook and the New Yorker). She tells me that the Russian government hacked into voting machines and registered enough votes for Trump to win him the election.

    When I explained that the DNC were basically phished and the only hacking was a release of information about things that the Democrats actually had said and done she was as surprised as I assume most Facebook readers would be.

    As an originator of lies and mass public delusion, Spacechook has had no peer in the past 70 years, an evil institution run by an evil and shallow little man. For future generations, it will be an example of what becomes of institutions founded by entrepreneurs who have nothing but contempt for the public interest.

  22. Tom

    I assume Krugman has zero awareness that people who can think for themselves regard him as some sort of small town freak show carney act with a megaphone bigger than his head.
    .

  23. Sydney Boy

    Krugman obviously doesn’t read the mainstream media, and probably does his research of the other side by reading Trump press releases. Fact is, the majority of the MSM were against Trump, and continue to pump out the anti-Trump message daily. How much media was given the the Trump Derangement Syndrome rankings at the Golden Globes for example?

  24. Baldrick

    I think we can generally discount anything Krugman says as fake news. This from his piece in the NYT on election night:

    It really does now look like President Donald J Trump, and markets are plunging. When might we expect them to recover?
    A first pass answer is never.

    Less than 4 days later – Dow hits record high.

  25. Baldrick

    There’s no doubt that Russia spreads disinformation, or in the election case, brings to light inconvenient truths, and tries to influence events

    No, if the Russian’s were involved, they won it Trump by revealing the truth, not spreading disinformation.

  26. Dr Fred Lenin

    Under the new krugman/dnc law ,law enforcement agencies including police ,will not be allowed to collect evidence of wrongdoing as this is an invasion of privacy of the accused .Eye witness evidence will not be acceptable as this incriminates the accused ,Russians will be abolished Assange will be shot ,computers of non dnc people abolished and compulsory tithes to the clinton foundation will be introduced . There that sorted the whole thing out .

  27. Nerblnob

    No, if the Russian’s were involved, they won it Trump by revealing the truth, not spreading disinformation.

    Sure, but they will use it in other circumstances if they think it will be effective. Anybody with the capability would.

    It’s a pretty blunt tool but will convince those who want to be convinced.

  28. Wozzup

    “In a direct sense, Mr Trump’s elevation was made possible by the F.B.I.’s blatant intervention in the election, Russian subversion, and the supine news media that obligingly played up fake scandals while burying real ones on the back pages.”

    Apparently Hillary Clinton had nothing to so with it.
    On a less flippant note, it is true that mainstream media did obligingly play up fake scandals during the election while burying (or not reporting) real ones. But the “fake” news I am referring to, was the not the “fake news” referred to in the above quote. Rather it was the actual fake news put out by Clinton and her internationalist mates. Problem for them was…..the public have woken up and were just not buying it. So in short, what Clinton and her mates are offended by is that the Russians (according to their narrative) told the truth about Clinton. Bastards, how dare they!

    What next? Well, I have it on good authority that Brexit was a direct result of global warming.

  29. Baldrick

    It’s a pretty blunt tool but will convince those who want to be convinced.

    I’ll take the truth over lies any day, no matter who it’s from.

  30. Robbo

    What a hopeless wanker is Krugman. Casting around to blame someone, anyone, for the election of Trump he descends on the Russians and the FBI as the bad guys. How laughable is that load of bullshit. Krugman should have another look around and set his sights on the appalling Hillary Clinton, her disgusting husband and the woeful campaign they ran and see if that had anything to do with her loss. If he had an once of integrity he might also have a look at, and acknowledge, how smart was the campaign run by Trump.

  31. Andrew

    I think we should have a weekly Krugman article. I had the pleasure of reading his FakeNews while travelling and it was world ranking comedy.

  32. From Duranty’s boosting of Stalin to the discretion over Bomber Barry’s 26,000 drops in 2016 alone…the NYT knows how to go supine when necessary.

  33. Crossie

    Krugman says “America Becomes a Stan”.

    Stella! Stella! Stella!

  34. gbees

    More drivel from the hilarious and hysterical leftards.

    “Trump has done nothing substantive to reduce … conflicts of interest created by his business empire.”

    “he’s already in effect using political office to enrich himself …”

    “… the Constitution’s emoluments clause, which bars gifts or profits from foreign leaders, the instant he recites the oath of office. But who’s going to hold him accountable?” ..

    Hillary got away with all of the above and it didn’t bother the likes of Krugman. Why shouldn’t Donald be able to achieve the same?

  35. Cannibal

    If Krugs is so smart why isn’t he rich. Like, um, er, Donald?
    That’s what really hurts – his assumed intellectual inferior not only rich, but soon to be potus.

  36. mem

    I’ve yet to hear any lefty commentator concede that Trump actively won the election. They keep talking as if it was some kind of fluke or intervention from outside and more recently perhaps something to do with the “other” candidate. In my view he outsmarted the lot of them because they didn’t take him seriously. One important aspect that no one has mentioned is the media presence he had already established via his television show that brought him into many middle class homes and created a profile of a no nonsense successful business man who wanted to help people to succeed. Having already created this base awareness he was able to concentrate on specific areas and use direct marketing via public appearances and via twitter etc. It wouldn’t surprise me one bit if he had planned his possible candidature quite a few years ago and set the ground work for this early on.
    As for the Krugmans of the world still blaming the Russians, FBI or whatever, they still don’t understand and probably never will.

  37. PB

    “(((Paul Krugman))) falls in line with the new media narrative that Russia caused Trump’s win. No mention that China also hacked the DNC servers along with half a dozen other countries and innumerable script kiddies.”

    All the while AIPAC was hacking hearts and minds…and pocketbooks, but one isn’t allowed to notice in case they get offended.

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