New York Times columnist and Nobel Prize winner in Economic Sciences Paul Krugman believes Donald Trump is nothing if not “an ordinary Republican.” Among Krugman’s stated reasons for this assertion—which runs counter to the opinions of both supporters and critics of the President—are Trump’s purported love for white supremacists and his reticence to affirm climate change (until recently called “global warming” but renamed to include cooling and any other kind of weather change -- just to cover all the bases).
In Monday’s op-ed, Krugman criticized the right’s resistance to the left’s position of geological panic, citing “a steady decline in conservatives’ trust in science since the 1970’s, which is clearly politically motivated — it’s not as if science has stopped working.”
Krugman made an interesting choice in referencing the 70s with regard to science and the left's fervid belief in impending climatological global catastrophe. Global warming became a darling topic of the Democratic Party in the 1990s, and its hysteria rose to an, um, fever pitch that peaked with Al Gore’s 2006 frightfest An Inconvenient Truth. During the theory’s two-decade run, critics pointed to the similar hysteria of the 1970s over fear of an impending ice age -- on the part of some of the same scientists now touting global warming.
In fact, the New York Times—the very paper for which Krugman writes—ran two separate cooling stories during that era: a January 19, 1975 article referring to the Little Ice Age, which stated, “Specialists tend to be more concerned about this kind of possibility.” And in May 21, 1975, the headline read, “Scientists Ask Why Work Climate is Changing; Major Cooling May Be Ahead.”
Among many dozens of similar stories, one Times headline read simply, “The Big Freeze.”
Given the 70s Ice Age scare, then the left’s warming fiasco, and now the pendulum swing back from “warming” to the more neutral “change,” it should be no mystery to Krugman why people on the right would question the “experts.”
Climate cluelessness aside, no doubt the most egregious accusation against Trump—and the Republican Party as a whole—is Krugman’s running postulation that Trump loves racists. Last month, he wrote that Trump was “too busy praising white supremacists,” and that “white supremacists have long been a key if unacknowledged part of the G.O.P. coalition, and Republicans need those votes to win general elections."
So this is Krugman’s world, where “science” can swing one way and then the other and then somewhere else, and yet it’s beyond questioning. And where the world is so full of white supremacists that elections can’t be won without them.
Come on, New York Times. You can do better. Or maybe not.