Ridiculous New York Times commentator Paul Krugman put on his “Wise Man” hat on Tuesday – it looks suspiciously like a dunce cap, actually – to lecture Americans as to why Donald Trump’s “authoritarianism” is a natural outgrowth of evil Republicanism. Here was his tweetstorm:

This is inane.

Krugman is correct that Trump is the culmination of a process – the same process that gave us Hillary Clinton on the other side. That process substituted outrage for considered policy, win-at-all-costs for decency, and power for consent. Movement conservatives did not “abandon norms well before” Trump. Those who did abandon norms did so as a direct response to Democrats turning the Supreme Court into a leftist superlegislature, utilizing the government as a corrupt plaything for personal benefit, rewriting law from the executive branch unilaterally in violation of the Constitution, and destroying America’s economic future on behalf of payoffs to particular constituencies. Krugman complains about the Supreme Court blockade, but some of us remember the pathetic Clarence Thomas hearings and the full-scale destruction of Robert Bork; he complains about the “weaponization of the debt ceiling,” but it was Obama who decided it was more important to fund Obamacare than to keep the government running; he complains about the purge of US attorneys under George W. Bush, but somehow forgets about Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton purging the travel office at the White House; he says we were “lied” into war, but neglects to mention that Democrats operated on the same information Bush had – including then-Senator Hillary Clinton, and former President Bill Clinton.

Krugman’s final stupidity, that the “GOP decided a long time ago that there were no boundaries, no legitimacy to opponents,” completely ignores that Democrats turned Mitt Romney, one of the most honorable men ever to run for high office, into a gay-attacking, dog-abusing, cancer-giving piece of trash in the eyes of the American public, and reduced the Bush presidency to a smoking heap of ash. Krugman’s deepseated longing for a more civil politics only swings one way. After all, Krugman himself labeled Romney a “charlatan,” said that he wanted the poor to die, and called him “completely amoral,” “a dangerous fool,” and “ignorant as well as uncaring.” As Karol Markowicz pointed out at The Daily Beast back in August, Krugman made Trump possible with this sort of talk:

Yet a few weeks ago Krugman wondered how Republicans could rally around Trump “just as if he were a normal candidate.” It was exactly Krugman who normalized him! What makes Donald Trump normal to so many is that they’ve heard all the hysteria from people like Krugman before. If you use the most vile language available on a good man like Romney, or on real candidates like Rubio and Cruz, you find you have none left for the Donald Trumps of the world—and no one is listening to you anyway.

The problem with the system, by the way, isn’t incivility. The founders predicted and understood uncivil politics. The problem with the system is that is has grown exponentially over time, to the point where we no longer argue about its size or control, but merely over who gets to push the buttons on the giant money-sucking machine. Authoritarianism, unfortunately, isn’t unique to one side of the aisle – and when it comes to policy, it’s endemic to the left far more than the right, a wing of which at least believes in Constitutional limits on governmental power.

Krugman understands that, so he has to lie about that, too:

According to Krugman, it’s those savages who wish to keep the fruits of their own labor without having it forcibly removed by a majority vote who are authoritarian – not the people who use the power of the government gun to remove that labor and property. This is the height of backwards thinking.

But Krugman, like The New York Times, has become self-parodying.