Paul Krugman: Of Course GOP Voters Love ‘Belligerent, Loudmouth Racist’ Trump


Economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman summed up Donald Trump’s apparent appeal to Republican voters during a visit to Bloomberg Television Monday afternoon. In his view, it’s no surprise that the controversial candidate is leading early polls.

“So he’s a belligerent, loudmouth racist with not an ounce of compassion for less fortunate people,” Krugman said, not pulling any punches. “In other words, he’s exactly the kind of person the Republican base consists of and identifies with. It’s clear that the very things that Upper West Side New Yorkers find detestable about him are exactly what endear him to the Republican base, which is basically people who see in him everything — even the big red face and the yelling — that makes him their kind of guy.”

To Krugman’s Trump’s success is proof that the Republican Party has “lost control.” With 2012 as a blueprint, he made the following prediction for how the rest of the 2016 cycle will play out on the right.

“We saw the same thing in 2012 — one after another, basically ludicrous candidates, but loudmouthed, angry ludicrous candidates, shot to the top of the polls,” Krugman remarked. “And in the end, they nominated Mitt Romney, who on substance was not that different the others. And probably, the same thing will happen this time around, with Jeb Bush playing that role.”

Watch video below, via Bloomberg TV:

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