Paul Krugman Says Something Dangerously Stupid About "Brands of Anti-Semitism", Gets Flattened in Response

Nobel Memorial Prize-winning economist and NY Times columnist Paul Krugman. Screen grab via Bloomberg.
Paul Krugman
Nobel Memorial Prize-winning economist/NY Times columnist Paul Krugman. Image via Bloomberg.

Paul Krugman is proving once again that just because you’re a Nobel Prize winner doesn’t necessarily mean you’re particularly smart.


As I wrote earlier today, I didn’t think the responses get much more absurd than Rep. Jim Clyburn’s (D-SC) defense of embattled freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-MN) recent incendiary remarks about Israel and Jewish people.

Krugman, however, proved me wrong. In a tweet from yesterday, the New York Times columnist indicated that he was only afraid of “one brand of antisemitism”:

Twitter users slammed him:


Far be it from me to tell anyone in the Jewish community how to feel when it comes to anti-Semitism, but wouldn’t you think any “brand” of anti-Semitism was threatening, no matter which “side” it came from?

I can tell you that as a woman, I have faced hate and threats from both the fringe left and the fringe right and it didn’t make sense to compare them because they were both bad and both frightening and came from places of hate.

But since Krugman is engaging in “whataboutism” here, we’ll go there.

The small mob of Charlottesville torch bearers were indeed a vile bunch, and sadly, several people got hurt and one was killed by a hateful random guy in the violence that took place during that march.

This is what Krugman calls “right wing antisemitism” even though the political right doesn’t condone anti-Semitism and doesn’t have a growing wing of elected officials and affiliated left wing groups routinely pushing anti-Semitic tropes.

On the other hand, the “brand” of anti-Semitism promoted by Reps. Omar, Tlaib, and other prominent Democrats is the kind that deliberately gets Jewish people targeted and murdered on a massive scale.


Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, apparently taking talking points from Krugman, weighed in this afternoon:

Jewish conservatives were quick to correct the record:

We can also reach much further back than Trump’s presidency to see how anti-Semitic figures have been embraced and welcomed by the Democratic party.

Think Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan (an ally of the Congressional Black Caucus). Think Rev. Al Sharpton – a 2004 Democratic candidate for president and current MSNBC talk show host. Think Rev. Jesse Jackson – a Democratic candidate for president in 1984 and 1988 and still a respected “civil rights leader.” Think Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA-retired), who was a US Congressman for 24 years (1991-2015).


The Democratic party does indeed have an anti-Semitic problem. But it didn’t start with Trump’s presidency. And unless Pelosi and company can put a stop to it, it’s only going to get worse for Democrats – and the Jewish community.

Flashback: Has Krugman ever been right about anything?:

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