New York Times columnist Paul Krugman was blunt Monday when he speculated that real estate mogul Donald Trump was polling so well within the GOP presidential field because he’s a “loudmouth racist.”
“He’s a belligerent, loudmouth racist with not an ounce of compassion for less fortunate people,” Krugman said in an interview with Bloomberg TV’s Joe Weisenthal. “In other words, he’s exactly the kind of person the Republican base consists of and identifies with.”
The Nobel laureate further predicted that the 2016 election cycle would shake out like a repeat of the horserace that took place during the 2012 Republican presidential primaries. In his estimation, the GOP establishment had “lost control” over the current crop of candidates.
“One after another, basically ludicrous candidates but loudmouthed, angry ludicrous candidates, shot to the top of the polls,” Krugman said. “In the end they nominated Mitt Romney, who on substance was not that different the others. And probably the same thing will happen this time around with Jeb Bush playing that role.”
Watch below via Bloomberg News: