New York Times contributor, silent on GOP shooting, called Giffords ’11 shooting ‘political’


A new report by The Daily Caller (DC) notes that Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman, a New York Times contributor who said Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ 2011 shooting was an attack by political opponents, spent Wednesday morning discussing economics instead of the baseball practice shooting of GOP members and staffers in Alexandria.

The shooting, which has left House Majority Whip Steve Scalise in critical condition, has left Krugman wordless, at least on Twitter.

The DC writes:

Krugman’s silence on the matter is interesting, given the column he wrote hours after the shooting of former Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona that insinuated the incident was a “politically” motivated attack.

Krugman’s  Jan. 8, 2011 column was written the day that Gifford was shot in a Tuscon, AZ. Giffords, who was speaking to constituents in the parking lot of a grocery store that morning, was the target of the attack. She was shot in the head and 12 other individuals were also shot during the incident.

Krugman insinuated in his column that the attack was a politically motivated assassination attempt:

We don’t have proof yet that this was political, but the odds are that it was. She’s been the target of violence before. And for those wondering why a Blue Dog Democrat, the kind Republicans might be able to work with, might be a target, the answer is that she’s a Democrat who survived what was otherwise a GOP sweep in Arizona, precisely because the Republicans nominated a Tea Party activist.

As The DC notes, “Krugman has been completely silent” following the attack on the Republican lawmakers, “at least on his personal Twitter account.”

A look at his Twitter account shows that Krugman has been busy posting through Wednesday morning, but not regarding the shooting. Just a couple examples include a tweet about globalization and one about trade history.

Another tweet appears to be referencing the New York Pubic Theaters’s Shakespearean play, where they use a  Trump-like character as Caesar and end the production with his bloody murder on stage. Regarding the last tweet, Krugman writes: “Trump-Caesar deeply unfair to Caesar. Caesar was brilliant and personally brave, also notably magnanimous to defeated enemies (Cicero).”

The play has been highly controversial. Earlier today, Harlan Hill tweeted: “Events like today are EXACTLY why we took issue with NY elites glorifying the assassination of our President.” The president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., tweeted his agreement.

In contrast, Giffords sent out a tweet Wednesday morning, saying her heart was with her former colleagues and their loved ones. She followed that up with a longer statement, calling for unity and offering words of condolence.

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