Paul Krugman: Fascists Like Trump Only Possible Because GOP Leadership is 'Inbred and Out of Touch'
In his column Friday, the New York Times’ Paul Krugman argued that racist, xenophobic phenomena like Donald Trump in the United States and Marine Le Pen in France are the result of “the way [in which] the strategies elites have traditionally used to keep a lid on those angry white voters finally breaking down.”
In offering these explanations of the rise of Mr. Trump and Ms. Le Pen, I am not making excuses for what they say, which remains surpassingly ugly and very much at odds with the values of two great democratic nations.
What I am saying, however, is that this ugliness has been empowered by the very establishments that now act so horrified at the seemingly sudden turn of events. In Europe the problem is the arrogance and rigidity of elite figures who refuse to learn from economic failure; in the U.S. it’s the cynicism of Republicans who summoned up prejudice to support their electoral prospects. And now both are facing the monsters they helped create…