The Left doesn't take criticism lying down, and often, their reflexive insanity results in ludicrous accusations against the other side of the political aisle. Case in point: Paul Krugman's excoriation of Republicans in his January 15th column.
In Krugman's New York Times op-ed -- titled "Know-Nothings for the 21st Century" -- he calls Republicans "xenophobic," "bigoted," "anti-immigrant," "anti-education," and "ignorant."
The reasons for Krugman's castigation is simple: Republicans vie for immigration laws to be enforced and for the education system to be fair.
However, to Krugman, those on the Right are "know-nothings" who are "willfully ignorant." A conservative, he explains, reject facts "that might conflict with his or her prejudices." Writes the leftist:
“The range of issues on which conservatives insist that the facts have a well-known liberal bias just keeps widening...One result of this embrace of ignorance is a remarkable estrangement between modern conservatives and highly educated Americans, especially but not only college faculty."
Therefore, the opposite of a "highly educated American" is a "conservative."
Krugman denies any prejudice against potential conservative faculty at the university level, contending:
“When the more or less official position of your party is that climate change is a hoax and evolution never happened, you won’t get much support from people who take evidence seriously."
Furthermore, in Krugman's view, conservatives have begun to shun the secondary educational system due to their inability to, well, think:
"Conservatives don’t see the rejection of their orthodoxies by people who know what they’re talking about as a sign that they might need to rethink. Instead, they’ve soured on scholarship and education in general. Remarkably, a clear majority of Republicans now say that colleges and universities have a negative effect on America."
Therefore, another antonym to conservatives? "People who know what they're talking about."
Regarding the Right's desire to see our borders protected, Krugman compares conservatives to prejudiced eastern Americans of the late 19th century, incorporating a dig at President Trump for his recently-reported "shithole" comment. Not to violate the MO of left-wing discourse, he predictably dismisses support for the law as a symptom of irrational hatred:
“After all, Ireland and Germany, the main sources of that era’s immigration wave, were the shithole countries of the day...But there are always new groups to hate."
Finally, in summing up the Republican Party, Krugman condescends:
"[T]he party that currently controls all three branches of the federal government is increasingly for bigotry and against education...That should disturb you for multiple reasons, one of which is that the G.O.P. has rejected the very values that made America great."
Ironically, Paul Krugman and others of his ilk are the very reason the Republican Party finds itself empowered: the voters have spoken, and they have spoken overwhelmingly against the Left's repulsive, illogical, and unearned sense of superiority.