New York Times columnist Paul Krugman was criticized on social media for a tweet that mocked Florida seniors who are vulnerable to the coronavirus.
Several states are seeing an increase in coronavirus cases, including Florida. A Bloomberg News report noted that a "record number" of Floridians age 75 and older is testing positive for the virus at a faster rate than in recent weeks.
The economist, however, seemed happy about the life-threatening news.
"Reality is coming for white supremacists driving golf carts," the 67-year-old columnist tweeted as he shared the article.
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The jab against Florida seniors may have been referring to the controversial video that President Trump shared on Twitter Sunday that shows one of his supporters at a golf cart parade yelling "White Power" in response to anti-protesters. Trump during a recent showdown at The Villages. . Trump withdrew the tweet after a quick conviction with the White House, claiming that the president did not hear the comment.
Krugman's tweet drew strong criticism.
"What a shameful thing to say," said Washington Examiner collaborator Brad Polumbo.
"How long until there is a real terrorist attack based on all this deranged / dehumanizing rhetoric that has flooded the media?" Writer Zaid Jilani asked.
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"What a bad comment. Once upon a time, I was a fan of yours. Or is it a parody account?" wrote the economist Geert Noels.
Several others, including The Intercept editor Glenn Greenwald, called Krugman "sociopathic" for writing such a tweet.
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