Economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman insinuated on Twitter Friday that a President Donald Trump could purposely allow a terror attack on US soil.
Thought: There was (rightly) a cloud of illegitimacy over Bush, dispelled (wrongly) by 9/11. Creates some interesting incentives for Trump
— Paul Krugman (@paulkrugman) December 16, 2016
Arguing the 9/11 terror attacks dispelled Americans’ concerns over George W. Bush’s presidential win, Krugman suggested Trump could knowingly allow a similar attack in order to add legitimacy to his election victory. Trump and Bush both won the Electoral College but not the popular vote.
“Thought: There was (rightly) a cloud of illegitimacy over Bush, dispelled (wrongly) by 9/11,” Krugman wrote. “Creates some interesting incentives for Trump.”
Numerous Twitter users and journalists immediately took notice, responding with varying degrees of shock and confusion.
@paulkrugman You assume others are as secretly twisted as you. Merry Christmas.
— Chris Goss (@mastersreality) December 16, 2016
@paulkrugman You’re unhinged.
— EducatédHillbilly™ (@RobProvince) December 16, 2016
— Get Borked! (@HitByTorpedo) December 16, 2016
@paulkrugman Trump causes the next 9/11! Dude, maybe some time off. You’ve completely lost your mind. Get help.
— Brian S Hall (@brianshall) December 16, 2016
Maybe log off and seek help dude. @paulkrugman
— Arma Obscurum (@ShootingHipster) December 16, 2016
Krugman also made headlines early last month after predicting stock markets would “never” recover from Trump’s victory. The following day the Dow momentarily rose above its all-time closing high and finished up by 257 points.