Using a report in New York Magazine in which computer experts and election lawyers allege that the presidential election results in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania may have been manipulated or hacked, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman issued a series of tweets insinuating a conspiracy was responsible for Donald Trump’s election victory. The NYMag article stated:
The group, which includes voting-rights attorney John Bonifaz and J. Alex Halderman, the director of the University of Michigan Center for Computer Security and Society, believes they’ve found persuasive evidence that results in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania may have been manipulated or hacked … The academics presented findings showing that in Wisconsin, Clinton received 7 percent fewer votes in counties that relied on electronic-voting machines compared with counties that used optical scanners and paper ballots. Based on this statistical analysis, Clinton may have been denied as many as 30,000 votes; she lost Wisconsin by 27,000.
That set Krugman off:
Fellow NY Times writer Nate Cohn demurred:
That did not deter Krugman:
But finally, Krugman sheepishly admitted defeat: