Paul Krugman: Delusional Sanders supporters don't understand reality any better than their candidate

"It has been obvious for quite a while," he wrote, "that Sanders has a problem in facing reality"

By Scott Eric Kaufman
May 18, 2016 3:55PM (UTC)
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Bernie Sanders, Paul Krugman (Reuters/Mark Kauzlarich/Tim Shaffer/Photo montage by Salon)

In two separate blog posts published at The New York Times Tuesday, economist Paul Krugman slammed Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders for being unable to "accept defeat gracefully or even rationally."

For Krugman, Sanders is quickly becoming the Democratic equivalent of Donald Trump, a man who "has a problem both in facing reality and in admitting mistakes." He also attacked the Vermont senator for not addressing the behavior of Nevada supporters -- which, fair enough -- but it's not as if he has much respect for those who support Sanders:


[A] lot of Sanders supporters don’t understand this reality — 29 percent still believe that he’s the likely nominee, and another 11 percent aren’t sure. If news reports say that he “won” tonight, they’ll persist in their illusions — and the narrative that Clinton is somehow stealing the nomination will continue to fester...

Read the rest at The New York Times...

Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at

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