Krugman: Calling Trump ‘illegitimate’ is ‘an act of patriotism’
Can we even compare the sacrifice of John Lewis to that of Trump?
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But let’s not talk about Mr. Trump’s ravings. Instead, let’s ask whether Mr. Lewis was right to say what he said. Is it O.K., morally and politically, to declare the man about to move into the White House illegitimate?
Yes, it is. In fact, it’s an act of patriotism.
By any reasonable standard, the 2016 election was deeply tainted. It wasn’t just the effects of Russian intervention on Mr. Trump’s behalf; Hillary Clinton would almost surely have won if the F.B.I. hadn’t conveyed the false impression that it had damaging new information about her, just days before the vote. This was grotesque, delegitimizing malfeasance, especially in contrast with the agency’s refusal to discuss the Russia connection.
Was there even more to it? Did the Trump campaign actively coordinate with a foreign power? Did a cabal within the F.B.I. deliberately slow-walk investigations into that possibility? Are the lurid tales about adventures in Moscow true? We don’t know, although Mr. Trump’s creepy obsequiousness to Vladimir Putin makes it hard to dismiss these allegations. Even given what we do know, however, no previous U.S. president-elect has had less right to the title. So why shouldn’t we question his legitimacy?
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8 responses to Krugman: Calling Trump ‘illegitimate’ is ‘an act of patriotism’
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Budda January 16th, 2017 at 14:41
Of course he’s illegitimate. Not only didn’t he get the popular vote by millions, the Republicans prevented many legal voters from exercising that right thru Gerrymandering and voter suppression.
And he’s an idiot!
KABoink_after_wingnut_hacker January 16th, 2017 at 16:40
Not to mention the taxpayer funded political campaign with an endless circus of baseless hearings and tribunals yielding no results other than character assassination of the Democratic candidate.
William January 16th, 2017 at 15:03
Suddenly Orange Hitler is butthurt because someone questions his legitimacy. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c7837b03e3aa5aba3c1e12e8adf4111d60f522fc737e1a57403ab0118c73b139.jpg
Larry Schmitt January 16th, 2017 at 15:11
And we’re still waiting for those results. I hope they have enough sunscreen.
nola878 January 16th, 2017 at 16:08
I went for an interview for that job…guess showing up in bathing suit, tank top and flip flops didn’t convince them I was serious. Oh, and I’m sure the frozen daiquiri in my hand didn’t help either.
Larry Schmitt January 16th, 2017 at 16:14
Maybe a pina colada would have been better. More tropical.
arc99 January 16th, 2017 at 15:21
anyone complaining about Trump being delegitimized is
a. an idiot
b. a hypocrite
c. a right winger
d. all of the above (redundant I know)
bpollen January 17th, 2017 at 00:30
“…creepy obsequiousness …
The man has a way with words.