MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough on Thursday drew a considerable reaction on Twitter, asserting that New York Times liberal columnist Paul Krugman is as extreme on issues related to the national debt as National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre is on gun laws.
“Wayne LaPierre’s views on guns is as extreme as Paul Krugman’s views on debt.” Discuss.
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) February 14, 2013
Krugman has long used his column to challenge debt and deficit hawks, while LaPierre has been steadfast in his opposition to proposed new gun laws. Scarborough, a former Republican congressman who has emphasized the importance of both reining in federal spending and countering the NRA’s rhetoric, followed up on the tweet at the end of his eponymous morning program on Thursday.
The tweet prompted many rebuttals and snark from liberal pundits, including a response from New York magazine’s Jonathan Chait. Chait penned a pair of columns earlier this week that took Scarborough to task for emphasizing the federal government’s purported “spending problem.”
Stay classy, Washington! @joenbc “Wayne LaPierre’s views on guns is as extreme as Paul Krugman’s views on debt.” Discuss.
— Jonathan Chait (@jonathanchait) February 14, 2013