Paul Krugman suggests GOP fabricated ‘rampaging mobs’, says pure ‘fantasy’ that cities were threatened

New York Times economist and columnist Paul Krugman took to social media on Thursday to intimate the violence that has rocked American cities for nearly a year has been fabricated by Republicans.

Krugman riffed on Twitter that Republicans were “only” worried about the country’s ballooning national debt and illegal immigration compared to Democrats who, according to a recent Pew Research study, are focused on racism, gun violence, income inequality, healthcare, climate change and COVID-19.

“You might think that it would be hard to obsess over the deficit when it was actually Trump who blew the deficit up, to zero complaints from his party,” Krugman wrote.

“But that would be assuming that R voters know about that, or would even be willing to hear it,” he continued.

“In reality, given that GOP supporters believe that rampaging mobs burned and looted major cities — somehow without the people actually living in those cities noticing — getting them to see facts about something as abstract as the deficit is a hopeless cause,” Krugman added.

Separately, Krugman went on to claim that in “reality,” Black Lives Matter protests that occurred all of last summer were “overwhelmingly peaceful.”

“The idea that our big cities were under threat is pure malevolent fantasy; BLM may have been the best-behaved protest movement in history,” he wrote to his 4.6 million followers.

However, as Fox News reports, last year’s riots and looting caused an estimated $2 billion in damages and killed 18 people. In addition, some of the rioting ravaged neighborhoods where mostly poor blacks live.

“The vandalism and looting following the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police will cost the insurance industry more than any other violent demonstrations in recent history,” Axios reported in September, though rioting has continued in many cities to this day.

The outlet went on to report that while most protests were peaceful, “the arson, vandalism and looting that did occur” has resulted in close to $2 billion in “paid insurance claims,” far more than the previous payout record set in 1992 following the riots in Los Angeles after several police officers were acquitted in the beating of motorist Rodney King.

Moreover, many of the hardest-hit communities are not likely to recover any time soon, if at all.

South L.A., for example, has “never recovered from those riots because, if you look at our community, there’s still abandoned buildings, there’s still not a lot of jobs,” resident Diamond Jones told the Los Angeles Times in June.

“It bothers me that certain [affluent] communities, no matter how damaged they are, will be OK,” Jones continued, adding that poorer communities where mostly minorities live seem to suffer the longest.

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