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Trump’s ‘claims of urban anarchy’ are ‘almost entirely fantasy’ — but his supporters might believe them anyway: Nobel economist

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Although the vast majority of George Floyd demonstrators in the United States have been peaceful, President Donald Trump and his enablers at Fox News have been claiming that U.S. cities have been totally taken over by mobs of violent anarchists. Liberal economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman examines Trump’s hysterical claims in a Twitter thread posted this week, wondering if those claims — as disingenuous as they are — might benefit him politically in the 2020 election.

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Krugman opens his thread by mocking Trump and tweeting, “I went for a belated NYC run this morning, and am sorry to report that I saw very few black-clad anarchists. Also, the city is not yet in flames.”

The Times columnist adds, “The political question of the day is whether Trump can win politically by hammering on a nonexistent crisis of order in America’s cities. You would think not, but I’m not 100% confident.”

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Many Americans, Krugman notes, “live in bubbles” — and that includes Trump supporters who live in rural areas and never set foot in the large urban centers that Trump describes as being in a state of nonstop anarchy.

“After 2016,” Krugman tweets, “there was endless reporting on how urban types don’t understand the lives of guys in diners. But there’s equal, if not greater, absence of comprehension going the other way. I haven’t seen systematic polling about how rural and even some suburban Americans view life in big metropolitan areas. But my guess is that you’d find some remarkable misconceptions.”Krugman cites one of the most laughable comments he received from a defender of former Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

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“My favorite letter of all time was from a supporter of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who insisted that us urban northeasterners just didn’t get what life was like for people like him,” Krugman writes. “’How would you feel if New York was full of immigrants?’”

NYC, of course, is famous for immigration. But that Arpaio defender really did believe that New Yorkers, unlike Arizona residents, are inexperienced where immigrants are concerned.

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Krugman wraps up his thread by stressing that if unrest occurs in a city, it doesn’t mean that the entire city is going up in flames.

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“Even some well-educated people I know believe that the brief episode of looting in the early stages of the NYC BLM protests left much of Manhattan a wreck,” Krugman explains. “How many people think Portland 2020 is Newark 1967? Anyway, important to realize that claims of urban anarchy are almost entirely fantasy.”

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Tim Scott says Trump ‘misspoke’ about Proud Boys: ‘If he doesn’t correct it, I guess he didn’t misspeak’

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Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) on Wednesday sought to excuse President Donald Trump's refusal to disavow a far-right extremist group.

At Tuesday night's presidential debate, Trump was asked to speak out against the neo-fascist Proud Boys group.

"Proud Boys, stand back and stand by!" Trump replied.

On Wednesday, Scott was given a chance to comment on the remark during a meeting with Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.

“I think he misspoke in response to Chris Wallace's comment," Scott said. "I think he misspoke. I think he should correct it, if he doesn't correct it, I guess he didn't misspeak.”

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Former RNC chair and Montana governor spurns his party to endorse Joe Biden

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Former Republican Montana Gov. Marc Racicot, who also served as chairman of the Republican National Committee for two years, has broken with his party and is endorsing Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

The Helena Independent Record reports that Racicot made his endorsement on Tuesday evening in an interview with Yellowstone Public Radio.

"Even as a Republican, I will not be supporting Donald Trump for president, and I will not be voting for him," the former Montana governor said before making an argument in favor of Biden's moral character.

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No one with ‘an IQ over 80’ should not see Trump as a ‘sociopath’ on the debate stage: Conservative editor

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On Tuesday, writing for The Bulwark, conservative editor Jonathan Last tore into President Donald Trump's performance at the first presidential debate on Tuesday evening in Cleveland.

"Honestly: I cannot understand how anyone with an IQ over 80 could have watched this disgrace and not come away understanding that the president of the United States is a sociopath," wrote Last. "But I’ll try to put myself in the mind of voters and tell you what I saw."

"He was a doughy, orange honey-badger, yelling, shouting, cajoling, needling and — this is the important part — never shutting up," wrote Last. "If you are a fan of the Trump lifestyle brand — if you have a Trump flag on your boat and wear a MAGA hat because you love pissing off the brown girl with the nose ring at Starbucks — then I suspect that you thought this was the greatest performance by any debater in the history of debates ... On the other hand, it’s not clear to me that Trump’s act was effective with undecided voters."

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