Economist Paul Krugman poses before a conversation at the 92nd Street Y on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
When last we left you, liberal New York Times columnist had made some reluctant admissions about the Trump economy during an interview he did on PBS a little over three years after erroneously predicting Trump’s presidency would lead to “a global recession.”
Before that interview, Krugman was busy
fangirling cheering on House Intel Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA) during the Senate’s impeachment trial. Of Schiff’s performance and “leadership”, Krugman opined that “On this front, at least, the party is doing something right.”
So with his credibility crisis in mind, it should be little surprise to anyone familiar with his dubious track record that he made a declaration this week that was so preposterous even other liberals were calling him out on it.
Two days after Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) won the New Hampshire primary, and in the midst of the liberal freakout over his rise in the polls, Krugman wrote a column in which he tried to prove that Sanders, an admitted Democratic socialist, is not a socialist:
Bernie Sanders Isn’t a Socialist https://t.co/VGxWuWGeAX
— Paul Krugman (@paulkrugman) February 13, 2020
Naturally, there was a lot of pushback on this – from conservatives, first and foremost:
— Noah Rothman (@NoahCRothman) February 14, 2020
Bernie Sanders has spent 4 decades publicly and loudly advocating for nationalizing major parts of the economy, but somehow a NYT writer can get away with claiming the exact opposite is true. https://t.co/lumCKUvKB7
— (((AG))) (@AGHamilton29) February 14, 2020
In the past, Bernie has called for the nationalization of banks, utilities, oil companies, and our health care system. Shut up.
— CrystalBull (@CrystalBull) February 13, 2020
Krugman later pointed out that Bernie Bros were even giving him grief over the column:
Getting some Bernie supporters protesting that he calls himself a “democratic socialist”. That’s kind of like calling Velveeta “cheese food”. It doesn’t help.
— Paul Krugman (@paulkrugman) February 14, 2020
But no matter, hilarity ensued not long after he posted the link to Twitter:
Paul isn’t an economist
— Mike_Poppin ☂️🕴🏼 (@oh_cue_m) February 14, 2020
He literally calls himself one
— Jay (@OneFineJay) February 13, 2020
Failed Economic Predictions ✔️ Failed Political Assessments ✔️
— Bill just Smith ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@Bill_LarpSmith) February 13, 2020
Also Paul Krugman pic.twitter.com/iMzXFAnu1o
— 3rdBase (@1Chron28_9) February 13, 2020
And not only has Bernie called himself a socialist and defended the label, other admitted socialists like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) have proudly endorsed his campaign and have traveled to different states to speak on his behalf.
That Sanders is a socialist is not in dispute. What is in dispute, however, is whether or not Krugman is a real economist, or just plays one on the Internet.