Economist Paul Krugman, in his latest column for The New York Times, pointed out the “unusual thing” about the GOP’s cult devotion to a term, twice impeached former President Donald Trump.
The party “does not have a monopoly on power; in fact, it does not control Congress or the White House, ”noted Krugman, who received the 2008 Nobel Prize for economics, in his essay published Monday.
“Politicians suspected of insufficient loyalty to Donald Trump and Trumpism in general are not being sent to the gulag. At most, they risk losing intraparty offices and possibly future primaries, ”he continued. “Yet the timidity of Republican politicians is such that these mild threats are apparently enough for many to behave like the courtiers of Caligula. “
Krugman recalled how “many people, including myself, have said for years that the GOP is no longer a normal political party.”
But it now has “a growing resemblance to the ruling parties of autocratic regimes,” he added.
The GOP “has become something different, with, as far as I know, no precedent in American history albeit with many overseas precedents,” Krugman concluded. “Republicans have created a political realm in which costly displays of loyalty transcend considerations of good policy or even basic logic. And we can all pay the price.
Read Krugman’s full essay here.
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