Donald Trump Is Bad for the Jews

There are things more important than your tax rate.

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  1. I remember a poll from what I believe was The Forward, asking what it meant to be Jewish. Over 75% chose that it meant thinking about and being ethical. Granted, this was a narrow sample and the choices might have been limited, but even the Jews I do know that have significant wealth would define themselves a moral, kind, or smart, but never as primarily rich.

  2. @James Igoe Noticed your last name, which is also mine ! Also agree with your comment. Good luck.

  3. @james Igor. When I was quite young I thought being Jewish REQUIRED being honest and fair and moral. I was wrong. It is being decent that requires all of that. And we all can decide to choose to be decent.

  4. Thanks for sharing some evident truths. Now, would you consider writing a column on the potential economic benefits of a Bernie Sanders presidency? He doesn't get the mainstream media coverage that his popularity warrants, and I believe that his Green New Deal and other proposals have been shown by other economists to raise incomes considerably among the working and middle classes. If he's not so good for the rich, well, that's okay, they're already quite wealthy enough thanks to Reagan, Bush and Trump tax cuts. Thank you.

  5. @Jordan Elgrably Paul wrote columns about Sanders in 2016. Sanders is worse than treif to Krugman, even though he's been very complimentary to Elizabeth Warren and her policies.

  6. @Jordan Elgrably ….Guess you never read any of Krugman's 2016 columns. He'll never write what you suggest on ANY benefits of Sanders proposals. PK was notorious for dismissing Sanders' ideas in 2016, with never even the basic respect of analysis pro/con. Some readers commented they thought PK was really a centrist---looking liberal only compared to GOP. Maybe that's why he mostly bashes the atrocious Trump/GOP in his columns--- that's always a winner--- instead of discussing and educating the public on the remedies we really need. In fact, some readers thought PK was pushing for Hillary to win so she'd appoint him Treasury Secretary. She cited PK in one of the debates. Alas, it didn't work out. Ah well, maybe someday America can get Medicare for All, instead of just 'improving' ACA, as PK pushes. We just have to keep waiting. And waiting.

  7. @Jordan Elgrably "...the potential economic benefits of a Bernie Sanders presidency?" Just to look to Venezuela or Argentina for examples. No need to waste paper for that.

  8. "In last year’s midterms, 52 percent of voters with incomes over $200,000 voted Republican, compared with only 38 percent of voters with incomes under $50,000. The rightward tilt is especially strong at the very top; although there are a few high-profile liberal billionaires, most of the extremely wealthy are also extremely right-wing." And that group will vote for Trump for re-election even if he is impeached unfortunately.

  9. @Jacquie But if Trump gets enough power he can take away the wealth of anyone who crosses him. That's what a dictator does: governs solely from his own self-interest.

  10. @Concerned Citizen Concerned Citizen: Wherever did you get YOUR info?

  11. I'm told that many Israelis who were enthusiastic about Trump got a wakeup call when he abandoned the Kurds. They now better understand that he regards everyone as disposable, and can't imagine that anyone could be motivated by something other than pure-self interest.

  12. @Eben Sadly, Donald is not the first president to abandon the Kurds. In the words of Henry Kissinger, "America has no permanent friends or enemies, only interests." Yes, this could conceivably at some time in the future be relevant to Israel. Even if not under Donald.

  13. @edwardc - Kissinger, "America has no permanent friends or enemies, only interests." Our current problem is that the "interests" being pursued are solely those of Donald Trump personally -- appeasing his secret Russian lenders; doing the bidding of "tough" guy dictators like Turkey's so he can feel tough himself and build hotels in their capitals; exercising his long held bigotry about people of color in this country. Our allies the Kurds, on the other hand, helped with an actual, important US national interest: beating ISIS and holding it back from growing again to where it can resume attacking us. But since that doesn't put money in Trump's pocket he abandons the cause.

  14. @edwardc At 77, I am old enough to remember the speech Golda gave at a NYC Israeli fundraiser many years ago when she chided the Jewish-Americans in the audience not to get too comfy here in the US given the history of the Jews throughout history. Be thankful you will have Israel to go to when the tides turn. I never forgot that speech. Don't think it can't happen here. I live in NYC where there are violent attacks on Jewish New Yorkers every day.

  15. Trump isn’t good for anyone. Not even the rich who may vote for him to preserve more money for their bank rolls and wallets. He’ll eventually find something that will make him turn on them too. Like the saying goes “At first, they came for. . .”

  16. @Sherry Trump seems pretty good for Trump. Or maybe not.

  17. @Sherry It is not a "saying," but words from a poem by Martin Niemöller, a German Lutheran pastor and theologian.

  18. Mr. Krugman thank you for this insightful analysis and very well written article. I wish I had last night when we were at dinner with a group of 12 passionate Israelis who most of them been living in the USA upwards of 20 yrs. Of course some are republicans and support Trump because the perception that he is good for Israel. As the conversation got heated I asked how do we balance and prioritize our allegiance as immigrants? In my mind there is no question that democratic principles and human rights are far more important than allegiance to ethnicity and/or religion? I’m an a Russian, Israeli, American, and a Jew. But I am first and foremost a human being that cares about humanity, human rights, civics, democracy and equal opportunity to all. I hope we all understand the danger of bigotry even if we may perceived being protected now, let’s not wait and see. We must act now to protect freedoms and liberties to ALL!

  19. @LetsSpeakUp First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me. Martin Niemöller

  20. However long they have been living here, are your dinner friends immigrants or expats? US citizens? part of the tAmerican Jewish community? Many Israelis, like those at IAC gathering, are like many of the Russians in Israel...

  21. @LetsSpeakUp Writing something in all caps does not make it true.

  22. I agree with most of this except the assertion that most American Jews support Israel. I'd like clarification on that. In what sense is it supported? I think a lot of younger Jews on the left (myself among them) find Israel deeply problematic as an ethno-religious state.

  23. @Justice Support for Israel may mean many things, at its most basic it's a belief that Israel had and still has a right to exist among the nations of the world. If one believes that at its inception it was and continues to be nothing more than an "ethnoreligious state," that imay not be support , though Krugman distinguises between the former and criticism of the current Israeli administration. I suppose the commenter would also find theocratic states like Saudi Arabia or Iran "deeply problematic " One thing for sure is that most Jews will not suport the supposedly Zionist Trump when he says that Jews who vote Democratic are either uninformed or disloyal.

  24. @Justice My own take is that american jews support having a home for jews, esp in the land they came from. But the government of Israel is conservative while most american jews are more liberal. There are many liberal jews in Israel. I support the idea of a homeland for the jews, just not how that has been accomplished. Real democracy is fragile and far too many countries are moving from democracy to more authoritarian governments.

  25. Agree with ‘Justice’ in that most liberal American Jews do not seem to support Israel (sadly). Alas, seems that it takes just 2 generations living in general safety and relative prosperity to completely forget their people’s history - and ignore the violence happening to their cousins around the world. I invite you to travel around Western Europe wearing a kippa, or spend the night in a bomb shelter in Tel Aviv, then reconsider your feelings about the “ethno-religious state” that protects your people.

  26. I'd imagine that when one discovers they are under the heel of a boot, not much solace is gained remembering the terrific tax reduction they garnered from last year's tax bill. Hopefully Prof. Krugman is correct about people knowing their history. Perhaps family stories told around the kitchen table about how grandpa had to struggle to come to this country will resonate anew with this latest display of bigotry.

  27. "they’re just people" Exactly. Each person within each identity group chooses political affiliation based on the merit of arguments and policies. For those who choose to vote for republican politicians, they do so also on the merit of arguments and policies, assuming correctly that Americans are almost always welcoming people, not bigoted, across both political parties, including the politicians themselves. There may be bad apples in every barrel of politicians, but lets deal with that as it comes, and specifically for the issue and person at hand.

  28. @AW That's an antiquated view. I think the vast majority of people nowadays understand that the Republican Party is the party for white people first and foremost, and that's the main plank in their platform. Look at how so many cherished and long-held principles have fallen away since 2016. It's almost like they don't care what their specific policies are, so long as they get just enough votes to keep their people in power. And Republican voters don't seem to care about principles either... just as long as the other side loses, they're happy.

  29. @David Very good point. I would add that Republicans have become the party of wealthy white people and of those who aspire to wealth as the only way to win. Recall that each of the Trump budget proposals include brutal cuts in the social safety net. Which will affect many more poor whites than other poor ethnicities. Because there are more poor whites numerically. But of course facts don't matter to those poor who believe that Trump will make them wealthy and white. This will not end well. For any of us.

  30. @AW People who have been consistently lied to by a propaganda outlet such as Fox News do not choose political affiliation "based on the merit of arguments and policies." They make their political decisions based on distortions, innuendo, and outright lies, fomented by a cynical corporation and its backers. whose sole purpose is to keep them riled up with fear and fury over imagined attacks on their identity and dignity, so they will keep coming back to watch some more (because fear and fury are drugs) and so that they will turn out and vote -- for the people who have dangled this bait-and-switch specifically in order to fleece them once they are elected to office.

  31. I would like to see Dr. Krugman give us a more detailed analysis of voting patterns. He recently cited a statistic that 2016 Hillary counties produced 64% of GDP and Trump counties only 36%. Now he cites statistics that high income people vote Republican. This situation cries out for more analysis.

  32. Wouldn’t it have to do with how much of GDP workers in cities are capturing? Also, there are obviously more people in cities.

  33. No analysis needed. In a high-inequality corporate state, high income and high production are diametrically opposed. The opposite of unregulated capitalism is justice.

  34. @LewisPG If you think about it a little deeper than an attempt to score a partisan "gotcha," I promise you'll figure it out. It's not that complicated.

  35. An argument can also be made that Netanyahu (extreme Right) has been excessively partisan to the degree that it has divided both Israel and diaspora Jews. Israel might be bettered by negotiating with all of its territorial stakeholders. Land is at issue. Palestinians will not vanish or evaporate. The West Bank must be addressed. The Trump rubber stamp of a Jarusalem Embassy does not solve much.

  36. Trump is our Nero for the 21st century. United States and the Republicans who support him will define the decline of our status in the world stage.

  37. I’m still waiting for Prof Krugman’s ‘recession without end’. He predicted this recession with Trump’s victory and Krugman’s fans cheered it no-end. But with unemployment at a half century low, minority unemployment at record lows, a $6,000 gain in median household incomes in just three years, and Q4 GDP growth accelerating, it looks like the Professor will continue to be wrong - for some time to come.

  38. @Once From Rome I think recession was too mild. From north of the border it sure looks like chronic depression. I think being a great economist Dr Krugman hadn't noticed his economy was always wonderful. America is seriously out of balance. It has a huge excess of wealth and is starving for meaning. Krugman was totally correct Trump has put America even further out of balance but the disease is not fiscal but clinical depression.

  39. If the deficit continues to grow- from Mr. “I’ll balance the budget” - in a few years the government will default on basic bills. Trump runs the country like his businesses- hundreds of millions of dollars in debt to German and Russian banks (hmmm, any connection to anything there?), because no US bank will give him credit. That alone disqualifies him from the presidency.

  40. Did you read the article? Doesn’t seem so. Krugman was writing just because economic conditions are going well doesn’t excuse the white nationalist bigotry of the Trump administration. Some things are more important than a rosy economic forecast when your country is turning home for white nationalism authoritarian government.

  41. Perhaps the explanation is that, in addition to not fulfilling stereotypes for selfishness or greediness, many rich people actually do believe they will be better off financially under a Democratic administration, even assuming a tax increase. The Clinton and Obama economies support that conclusion, as does logic: Democrats advance policies designed to ensure fairness, honesty and transparency in our capitalistic system, and opportunities for honest, hard working people to be good, repeat customers who keep the economy humming.

  42. hear! hear! see yesterday's NY Times article on the strength of capitalism in Finland! it proves your point.

  43. Prof. Krugman, Thank you for another exceptional writing. And on a dramatic day in our fight to hold onto what is left of our democracy. Sure wish everyone could read this and that more could have your insight into the "things more important".

  44. Prof. Krugman, I loved this statement " An aside: American Jews almost all support Israel, but many don’t support the policies of its prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. But that’s presumably a distinction Trump doesn’t understand, at home or abroad" Please make sure that your colleague Bret Stephens get this memo.

  45. I loved Trump's conclusion that people who are not nice vote for him. This is almost certainly true, we need to all be nice and vote the clown out.

  46. @Alan Kaplan Touche.

  47. @Alan Kaplan I took Trump's implication as Jews are "killers" and not nice in business. A typical anti-Semitic trope. Donald Trump is an old-school WASP anti-Semite who believes in all the stereotypes. That's why he hires Jewish attorneys, accountants, and doctors. He wants those "killer" Jews working for his interests. Such as Roy Cohn.

  48. At times, PK babbles too much. Thank simple.

  49. The audience at the Israeli American Council cheered Trump enthusiastically through out his whole speech. They cheered when he said he learned his tricks from Sheldon Adelson. They cheered when he said that maybe he should stay for eight more years. They hardly thought he was anti-Semitic. He has done exactly what he promised his big donors starting with the embassy in Jerusalem. His shutting down of any opposition to the Netanyahu administration especially the BDS movement . He seems to know his audience very well and they were loving it.

  50. @Mike kelly I wouldn't want to be a known Trump collaborator when this is finished

  51. Trump is not just saying "look at the taxes you are saving", he's saying "look what I've done for Israel!" I don't understand why the media persists on calling him a white nationalist. His daughter and son in law are strict Jews, he recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, he's given them the Golan Heights and has listened to their advice on Iran (bad idea). He's not after Jewish votes necessarily, because there are only about 2 million Jews in the U.S . But being more "affluent on average" he's more likely after some big campaign contributions.

  52. @C. Bernard He's actually after fundamentalist Christians, who support the most right-wing policies in Israel.

  53. @C. Bernard I don't know what you mean by Kushner being a "strict Jew," but his ignorance of the history of Israel and the Middle East in general as well as his indifference is evident from the ever delayed "peace plan.".

  54. Chap by the name of Steven Miller found in the darker recesses of the White House appears to fit the profile of white nationalists but claims Jewish Heritage so not sure there are many points for that. The Golan Heights are not Trump´s to give away; perhaps someday I will have the right to give away every piece of real estate owned by the Trump Organization. I have as much right to do that as Donald Trump has to give away the Golan Heights. And I can claim to be Jewish no matter what.....after all Donald Trump claims to be a patriotic American and that is further from the truth than the possibility my Irish ancestors were Jewish.

  55. A Jewish supporter of W, once opined, "American Jews earn money like Episcopalians but they vote like Puerto Ricans." He meant it as a complaint. I think that his quip validates the professor's analysis of American Jews. Bibi and the Republicans have tried to politicize support for Israel. That attempt my have had more success with Evangelicals than with American Jews.

  56. If I were black, brown, yellow or white, a Jew, Catholic, Protestant or atheist, a fancier of women or men, rich or poor or somewhere-in-between, a friend or foe of gun rights, abortion or daylight savings time, a believer in letting immigrants in or keeping them out, a capitalist, socialist, communist or Zionist -- and I am a member in good standing of a number of these groups -- I’d support and vote for ABT (Anybody But Trump). This way you and I will still stand a chance of surviving beyond 2020. And none of us should be hoping for or expecting anything more than this.

  57. Make that: This way you and I will still stand a chance of living in a free country again after November 2020.

  58. @A. Stanton 100%!! Vote Blue No Matter Who!! (although I certainly have my preferences).

  59. Oh, go on, Krugman. It's nothing to do with Jews and Philistines. The difference is between people who think, A.) Political arrangements are the most important element in a society's constitution and economics comes in a poor second (socialists, communists, statists) and, B.) Those who think society is best organized when the economic determinants of social order come first and society organizes itself on that basis and molds its political institutions accordingly, (capitalists, individualists, innovators, creative thinkers). Jews have always been especially strongly represented in group B., they have seldom been found in group A. Republicans are predominantly group B. people, too. So, when President Trump tells Jews that whether or not they like him personally they have to vote for him, he's just telling them the plain truth, and they know it.

  60. @Ronald B. Duke Oakbrook was farm country not many decades ago. It would appear from this post that there are still a few country bumpkins in the area.

  61. @Ronald B. Duke This makes absolutely no sense. Most Jews by a very wide margin vote for Democrats and fight hard for social and economic justice.

  62. Your categories are- your opinion. Category A needs to be corrected to read. “Social Issues” - for their belief in the good of society as a whole. Show us the statistics for your Category B. Trump was speaking to a very select, wealthy right-wing audience. And the statistics that do exist show that Jews over age 65 tend to vote Republican, and younger Jews vote Democrat.

  63. Trump finally moved the US embassy to Jerusalem where it always should have been and where an assortment of US presidents said they'd move it but didn't. To Jews and Israelis that's big. Every country in the world gets to choose its own capital but Israel? Trump righted that wrong. And for the record that embassy, as are most Israeli government buildings, is in west Jerusalem which has always been Israel-proper and not on disputed land.

  64. @MIKEinNYC Mike, I don't believe that West Jerusalem is recognized by more than a handful of countries as indisputably Israeli land. The UN resolution of 1948 contends that Jerusalem is an international city, which is why foreign embassies are in Tel Aviv, as they still are.

  65. While Israelis like the fact the Embassy moved, most of us will tell you the manner in which it was done (by fiat and not by negotiation) and the reason (to appease right wing, evangelical Christians) were wrong.

  66. @MIKEinNYC "Every country in the world gets to choose its own capital but Israel?" Really? Can Mexico say its capital is Los Angeles? Every country EXCEPT Israel has put its capital in a place that is internatinally recognized to be part of its territory.

  67. "I think it was an Israeli friend who first told me that Judaism, unlike other faiths, has rarely been a religion of oppression — but that the reason was simply lack of opportunity, a diagnosis that recent Israeli governments seem determined to confirm." Considering my age, and extrapolating therefrom, I think Einstein beat your friend to it. Pondering the moral weight given to Jewish thought at the time, Einstein thought political power was behind it, Jews simply had not the opportunity. As not unusual, Einstein's theory has been supported by experiment.

  68. @James F Traynor Sad.

  69. Jews believe in humanity, curiosity, differences of opinion, humor, art, literature, travel, science, compassion, heart, education, empathy….all the things that make someone a mensch. Most Jews understand that it isn’t that Trump fails to have all of those qualities, it’s that he fails to have even one of them.

  70. @JoeG: He is beyond an unmensch. I am unable to find in him a single redeeming quality.

  71. @JoeL Ultra Orthodox Jews abhor many of these things. Don ‘t generalize.

  72. The attachment the wealthy have for the Republican Party goes beyond just a lower tax rate. It is power and deference. The wealthy want an unquestioned dominance that not only protects and expands their wealth, but celebrates them not only for their wealth as symbol of personal success but of their moral superiority. Obama certainly did not threaten their wealth, and, in fact, pursued policies that protected them from the worst of the Great Recession. Yet, the masters of wealth whined endlessly about Obama not respecting them and that his language toward them was disrespectful and not sufficiently deferential. Trump's "policies" threaten long term economic health, and the wealth creation that keeps concentrating wealth at the top. His trade gyrations, his dismantling of the environmental regulatory regime to favor fossil fuels, and his reward and punishment of private corporations based on politics are doing the damage that no Democrat would ever inflict. Yet, nary a corporate executive will said a word, and far too many are happy to be props at events for Trump's endless glorification of himself. Because they, like Trump, believe themselves heroes and geniuses whose domination should never be questioned. So they and Trump wind up all being pretty comfortable with each other. The neo-liberal promise of free market economics producing rational economic actors free from political motives and protecting all of us from political abuse rings pretty hollow.

  73. @Greg Good point. We hear plenty of analyses that identify various subgroups strictly in terms of dollars and cents: but people are motivated by all kinds of other things, including the prestige and respect they feel they deserve, and that they feel they are getting... or not getting...

  74. @John Bergstrom Case in point: I knew a lawyer. He was not a very good lawyer, had no interest in his clients' cases, and had no love for the law. As a result, he didn't make much money. But he was "all hat and no cattle," as they say in Texas. He loved the power. He loved the trappings. He loved strutting around and pretending that he was infinitely rich and magnificently important. He loved the deference and getting away with things that other less status-y people could only dream of. He loved seeing the instant fear, admiration and respect in others' eyes as soon as they learned that he was a lawyer. He may have earned a pittance at a job he had no love for, but boy, did he love the other things!

  75. @Greg very apt analysis of why the rich and powerful supporters of Trump are happy being props at Trump events - they know that he gets it and respects them. I would submit it is the same reason why the "deplorables" support him as well. Political support is an emotional reaction - not a rational assessment of choices.

  76. Trump and his minions try to buy Jewish support by backing right wing Israelis in their goal of a greater Israel at the expense of the Palestinians. In fact, when asked if Trump is anti-Semitic, one his strongest supporters, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, gave the standard response, "Trump supports Israel". Supporting Israel is a political position. All the while, Trump has about as much use for Jews as Archie Bunker had for the Jews in his fictional law firm, Rabinowitz, Rabinowitz and Rabinowitz. Then they often mention that his son-in-law is Jewish, like he had a choice in the matter. Simultaneously, Trump derives strong support from white nationalists that would be perfectly happy to send all American Jews to Israel. Those two motivations are inexorably linked. Because of this linkage, I can't understand for one minute how American Jews can support Trump. Is the money that good? Do they think that their money can protect them? Others have made that mistake before.

  77. @Bruce Rozenblit I'm not sure if I think Trump had any say in his son-in-law. But it would be perfectly consistent for him to accept Kirshner, since he is richer than Trump, and that is the only thing Trump cares about. I hope Trump ends up in the same cell Kirshner's dad lived in for a few years.

  78. Bruce, I think you missed a point in the article. American Jews do not overall support Trump. It is Trump's fantasy and that is all it is. So, I'm not disagreeing with your general point just with the idea that in general American Jews would support Donald Trump.

  79. @Bruce Rozenblit No one is protected by their money. The only protections come from democracy, community and a liveable planet.

  80. Let’s just cut to the chase. Donald Trump is bad for America and for all of the human beings living on Planet Earth.

  81. @chambolle It's not just Trump. He is the convenient and useful figurehead. Since Reagan the Republicans have been working to overturn all social programs introduced since FDR. For reasons that most understand we now have a powerful international oligarchy that needs useful idiots like Trump (and Boris Johnson) to restructure the world. Those who say, amazed, that Republicans are 'helping' our traditional enemy, Russia, do not see what is happening. It is no longer the US v. Russia (or vice versa), but the oligarchies everywhere supporting each other against hoi polloi. Do you think that McConnell and the oligarchs in the shadows see "Russia" as an enemy? They don't see Russia at all. Those who pull their strings see those who share their interests and will support them if they reciprocate. Those who are taking over this country don't have traditional foreign enemies. We are their enemies.

  82. @chambolle, Amen!

  83. Among Trump's lies is that he is far more friendly to Israel than Obama was. Sadly, some Jews take this lie as fact and, because of this, overlook everything else Trump does or says, supporting him without wavering, no matter what.

  84. Trump is far more pro-israel than Obama. I have no idea what revisionist history you are reading.

  85. The difference is intelligence. My college psychology textbook said that Russian Jewish immigrants had the highest IQs of all identified ethnicities. Number two was all other Jews. Of course they voted for Hillary.

  86. @john connell I'm third generation Russian Jewish American. Our IQs don't help us steer through the Trumpian/Netanyahu morass. Nor do some of us feel safe ever since Donald became the Republican candidate. There is nothing good about Trump and his cronies. Amorality reigns! I am embarrassed about being an American. And, Israel has lost its Jewish roots.

  87. Paul, Your statement that " I think it was an Israeli friend who first told me that Judaism, unlike other faiths, has rarely been a religion of oppression — but that the reason was simply lack of opportunity, a diagnosis that recent Israeli governments seem determined to confirm." is glib, uninformed, wrong, and detracts from your argument.

  88. @marvdav Nobody is sure until they are tested.

  89. In 1948, after serving as a school teacher for three years in Nigeria, my mother traveled to Europe, visited Dachau and was never the same. When I was in college thirty years later, a friend of mine told me of her strange experience at Dachau. She got off the bus, entered the gates, and after walking a short distance into the camp, found herself walking backwards without consciously telling her muscles to do so. She got back on the bus, and wept. My mom was non-evangelical Christian. My friend was an Agnostic. But neither of those facts was of any consequence. What did matter was the truth: • The truth that Germans made Jews the targets of their misplaced anger and murdered them by the millions. • The truth that antidote to Nazism - the purest form of evil our human family has ever known - was the indomitable spirit and bravery of the Jewish people, supported by persons brave enough to see the truth and with hearts open enough to embrace their love of their fellow man. President Trump's message to the Israeli American Council had nothing to do with truth, bravery or support. It was, instead, the fetid, cynical braggadocio of an empty man.

  90. @Mark Keller Interesting history about Dachau. I visited Dachau Concentration Camp during my High School years, decades ago, and my life is forever changed. It was Summertime, over ninety degrees outside and yet inside the “camp” my bones felt the coldest chill my 15 year old California born body ever felt. It was unexplainable and I will never forget. I also remember wondering why I felt so uncomfortable when knowing I would leave as I came, with my Catholic school teachers, nuns and administrators who brought us. This particularly heinous inhumanity must never be forgotten.

  91. Most people, especially the young, are unaware of how Nazi propaganda preconditioned Palestinian beliefs and attitudes toward Jews. While Palestinians are presented today as innocent victims of Israeli oppression, their deep antisemitic roots have never been held to account. The Palestinian brand of terrorism could only be aimed at life you see as subhuman. The Jewish tilt toward liberalism—even in Israel—has been defeated by deep Palestinian antisemitism.

  92. @mark Keller Agreed. Any love Trump has for Jews is directly related to his desire to have evangelicals support him in the US.

  93. Hey, he’s not doing much for we Ukrainians either.

  94. This is Trump-focused, but what of how the Democratic Party is evolving? The leftist transposition of cause and effect vis-à-vis the Palestinian "conflict" has taken hold. If you think Netanyahu is the lone obstacle to full-throated U.S. Jewish support for Israel, you're wrong, as much of what progressives seek, being a fairytale, can't and thus won't happen. Daniel Gordis's "We Stand Divided: The Rift Between American Jews and Israel": "Of all the issues related to Israel's conduct that distress American Jews, it is the conflict -- originally with the Arabs and now with the Palestinians -- that looms largest. In the eyes of many American Jews ... Israel seems first and foremost an occupying power, unwilling to fashion a better, freer life for the Palestinians ... Though the Jewish establishment expects [young American Jews] to make Israel their primary loyalty, they seem more committed to being a part of the progressive community; to them, commitment to Israel seems at odds with the values of individual dignity, freedom, and human potential ... "The Palestinians had no country, no citizenship, apparently no brighter future -- and it seemed that it was because of ISRAEL that the Palestinians had bleak prospects. That was not the Israel the American Jews had been taught to love. ... For today's young American Jews, who have no recollection of a peace process of any sort, an Israel that does not appear to be pursuing peace, even as it occupies another people, is intolerable."

  95. I’d say most Jews (in my experience) support Israel and appreciate the Palestinian role in thwarting peace. Palestinian hatred toward Jews is deep, and is the key reason peace has been elusive. Many other former enemies have become peace partners and even allies in a fraction of time after much deadlier wars and conflicts. If we were merely solving grievances, the conflict would have been resolved long ago. Unfortunately, the continued rejection of peace and support of terrorism (and the inconvenient truth of Hamas and Gaza created by Israel withdrawal) have all served to boost Israel’s right. Peace Now used to fill the streets in peace marches. Even they had to deal with hard facts over time. AND, it’s our job to give younger Jews among us a broader, more complete view of the conflict, even as we all favor peace and a good future for our Palestinian cousins.

  96. @David L, Jr. : Krugman won't touch the points you raise.

  97. @David L, Jr. In the two paragraphs you quote from Daniel Gordis, where is there any support for your drive-by statement by fiat that "much of what progressives seek is a fairytale?" Why exactly is it a fairytale that Israel cannot ever get back on the (long and hard) road to peace, by, among other things, stopping the seizure of land for settlements and returning economic and social rights to those it has chosen to take them from? Is it a fairytale to hope that someday secular and non-orthodox Jews will have equal rights in that country too? Is it a fairytale to hope that someday soon this country and that country will again have leaders and governments which support such efforts?

  98. In my first 59 years, I'd never felt concern for my physical safety as a Jew in this country until this man became president. I knew exactly where this was all headed at the moment Sean Spicer took to the podium and lied to the country about the inauguration crowd size in his first official act for Trump. It made me sick to my stomach, and I couldn't believe that most people were laughing it off as no big deal. Any Jew who trust this administration is a fool, and although there a few more "precise" Yiddish words for these members of my tribe, I'll refrain from using them as I'm sure you can fill in the blanks just fine.

  99. @JayK Let me just extend that to anyone who trusts this administration is a fool.

  100. Donald Trump is bad for everyone. Period.

  101. @Darsan54 Or, if he is not bad for you now, just wait. He'll get around to being bad for you, eventually.

  102. A good reference to this opinion column, which was written and probably edited by highly intelligent people- The Stupidity of Intelligence: What Happened to Common Sense? Every sentence could be easily argued and overturned based upon some simple facts.

  103. @Ilya We’re waiting.

  104. Please don't conflate my Judaism with support for Israel. Israel would not support me, a secular Jew. Brooklyn is my homeland. Next year in Flatbush.

  105. @Sue Israel will continue to be a home for secular Jews who want it to be their home - they are estimated to constitute 45% of the country's Jewish population (or 70% if you include non-religious traditionalists). I am not sure that's very different from New York City, but enjoy Flatbush, which I'm sure is beautiful, and feel free to change your mind if anything ever goes wrong. Ignorance is bliss.

  106. @Sue It's true that the Haredim have too much power in Israel, including the non-recognition of Jewish immigrants' marriages if they did not have Orthodox services. However, as a secular Jew you have the same right as Orthodox Americans to immigrate to Israel, and under the law of return you automatically become a citizen after three months' residence unless you opt not to become one.

  107. @Sue According to a 2017 Pew research poll, 40% of Israelis don't identify with any religion. In fact, most Israelis are quite secular. At the end of WWII no country, America included, would take the Jews stranded in Europe, except Israel. That is why Israel is so important. And, I suspect, Israel would welcome you. Go there and see for yourself.

  108. Frankly, Donald Trump is bad for pretty much everyone.

  109. And hopefully soon, he will be bad for himself.

  110. @Michelle - Except Vladimir Putin.

  111. So that we may make fair comparisons, what percentage of Jews making in excess of 200K voted Republican? Ditto for any other subgroup of voters you may choose.

  112. I felt like throwing up when I heard Donald describe Jewish people as killers who would vote for him automatically because he thinks all they care about is money. I grew up in a very poor family in Australia and the kindest sweetest Jewish family friend- actually a Holocaust survivor- always made sure I got Christmas presents. She used to give me books about Stalinist concentration camps and she took me and my sisters to see Mary Poppins. I still adore that kind generous and noble lady. I remember she walked in on us watching a WW2 movie, saw a swastika in the back of the scene; I will never forget her appalled reaction when she saw it. Trump... have you no decency?

  113. @Bob Guthrie No. He has no decency and 80,000 voters in three states made the difference in the electoral college while three million more voted for Hillary Clinton than for Trump. He wasn’t decent before 2016 and he won’t be any more decent in the future. And from the looks of it neither will any of the Republican Party legislators.

  114. The question is not who is Trump bad for. The question is who is good for! He is not so great for his own die-hard vote bank, or even his own long term interest. In fact, he sabotaged his own presidency and basically got himself into this impeachment affair. Almost everyone is suffering under this guy. Vast majority realized that as soon as he became the President. Many realized it little later. Hopefully the remaining tiny few will understand in near future.

  115. The question is not who is Trump bad for. The question is- who is he good for! He is not so great for his own die-hard supporters, or even his own long term interest. In fact, he sabotaged his own presidency and basically got himself into this impeachment affair. Almost everyone is suffering under this guy. Vast majority realized that as soon as he became the President. Many realized it little later. Hopefully the remaining tiny few will understand in near future.

  116. @Bonku But will the Republican Party?

  117. The republican tradition to promote fear and divisiveness based on our racial/religious/ethnic Grouping is a cynical and immoral way to acquire and keep power. It harms us and threatens our society. America is defined by its notion of bringing seemingly different people together under the unifying ideas of our constitution and system of democratic gov. that promotes the sanctity of each individual. We must protect and nurture this beautiful idea we have inherited.

  118. Surprised Paul didn't mention the main sponsor of the group that invited Trump to speak, the Israeli American Council, is Sheldon Adelson, whose politics are of the minority in the Jewish community but very close to Trump (and Bibi's). Which actually makes the speech rather even uglier, perhaps.

  119. @esthermiriam Adelson like Koch is a harmful to our nation.

  120. @esthermiriam Adelson could never have dreamed of the spectacular return he has realized on his reprehensible financial investment in 45.

  121. @esthermiriam Remember that the Nazi government took all the wealth as well as the lives of the Jews! In a corrupt and dictatorial nation not even Koch wealth will save them. In fact it might make them first on the list.

  122. I have always admired Jewish people. I found them wonderful to work for (Viking Press), considerate, hard working with strong ethics and morals. I just recently began watching the JBS on TV, particularly "" L'Chayim". Extremely interesting and insightful interviews.

  123. It's hard to consider Trump anti-Semitic since he has a Jewish son-in-law for whom his daughter converted. Then again, he's a successful (how successful is irrelevant) Wharton graduate with the vocabulary of a 12-year-old, even though he made the unforgettable statement, "I have the best words."

  124. @bnyc Trump grew up in a world of stereotypes. It is how we are taught to react to the stereotypes that determines our feelings. I don't believe that Trump is capable of understanding empathy making his actions far more primal. From where I am sitting on the autism spectrum I fully understand "I have the best words." Trump isn't talking to us he is talking to himself.

  125. @bnyc Perhaps one way to describe Trump is to say that he is not Anti anything. He's just pro Trump everything!

  126. @Montreal Moe Hundreds of millions, no, billions of people grow up with stereotypes, probably all of us. Today as much as at any other time.

  127. I am eager to know how the tax bill helped Him.

  128. Just Google “How the 2018 tax bill helps real estate developers”. I think you’ll find enough to read for awhile.

  129. Good grief, Trump is bad for everyone! Can anyone tell me a single good thing he has done while president, or even before?

  130. @Dr. DoLittle Jobs, Jobs, Jobs! Confronting China trade. Decimated ISIS. Tax break. Moved American embassy to Jerusalem, capital city of Israel, our ally. Rolled back terrible agreement with terrorist state Iran. Renegotiating trade deals to the advantage of U.S. How's that, for starters?

  131. @JJ Shlabotnik The employment picture would be the same if my dog was president. Isis is still very much alive which is why Trump has been floating trial balloons about sending more troops to Iraq. The tax break has been a disaster. To no one's surprise it hasn't paid for itself and the deficit is now a trillion dollars. Moving the embassy to Jerusalem was possibly the stupidest thing to do in the Middle East. All it did was anger everyone. Is that how one achieves peace? Iran is moving ahead with developing nuclear weapons. Please list all the trade deals that have been renegotiated to our advantage. In fact, name all the trade deals that have even been renegotiated. You'll stop at one, the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement, and that hasn't been ratified yet. So yeah, Trump has done all that and all that has been a disaster. Everyone who doesn't watch FoxNews knows that.

  132. I am of Cherokee ("Native American" as white people put it) and European ancestry. I voted for Trump in 2016 and will vote for him again in 2020. In addition, I like and respect Paul Krugman.

  133. @Jack I'm curious as to why are a supporter of 45. Would you care to expand?

  134. Can you please share your thoughts as to why? It may illuminate those who can’t possibly contemplate the reasons for your support.

  135. @Jack Can u tell me why you voted for Trump in 2016? You can't just say "this is what I did in the last election and will do next year" WHY???? I might respect your choices if you told me why?

  136. Excellent column to which I would add only that Trump is not pro-Israel. Rather, he is pro-Netanyahu because he identifies with individuals he identifies as apparent "strong men" and believes that making "deals" with Netanyahu and others of his ilk will be mutually and personally beneficial. Trump has no concern with national policy or the best interests of the U.S. It's all about his power and wealth and he is open to deals with others who share his principal concern with self-benefit above all else. Any action taken by Trump that may seem pro-Israel in reality is merely a means to a self-serving and perhaps corrupt end. Birds of a feather...

  137. @MikeBoma I would go further and say he doesn't care about Netanyahu at all except for his son-in-law's family is friends with him. His pro-Israel public stance in all for the Evangelicals. All for the Evangelicals.

  138. @MikeBoma I believe you are right. The "peace plan" was supposed to be revealed right after Netanyahu was re-elected. He wasn't re-elected and there is no "peace plan" forthcoming.

  139. @We are sunk When Netanyahu is finally gone, Trump won't even remember his name.

  140. Jews, like other minority groups, are one Trump tweet away from additional persecution. In case you missed the memo, Making America Great Again really means "Making America White Again", as Speaker Pelosi pointed out. It will get a lot worse in a possible Trump second term, when he will feel utterly above the law and validated by his re-election, plus a not guilty verdict from the Senate hypocrites busy putting Party before Country. Rationalizing tax cuts or other economic performance as a rationale to support Trump? Let me give you a clue: 1. The budget deficits in 2018 and 2019 were up 60% versus merely continuing Obama policy. Your kids and their families will pay that back, one way or the other. Trump has added about $34,000 to their national debt load over 10 years, primarily to give breaks to the rich and corporations. 2. Inequality actually got better comparing 2007 (the peak) versus 2016, after Obama raised taxes on the rich and redistributed serious money to the bottom 40% via ACA subsidies and Medicaid expansion, helping nearly 20 million people. Under Trump, 2 million have lost coverage and he tried to repeal the ACA, stopped by McCain. 3. Trump's tariffs are paid by you, the consumer, one way or the other. Fed economists estimated that if all of Trump's tariffs are implemented as promised, it will nearly offset the tax cuts for the average family. 4. States are increasing the minimum wage, encouraged strongly by Obama. Trump, not so much.

  141. @David Doney There are some areas I disagree however. When it comes to tariffs, it is simply a matter of principle.As an American, you and I should not be buying anything from China anymore than our parents bought anything from the Soviet Union. You and I should not be in the business of enriching a surveillance state. The tariffs are working .Companies are leaving China for Vietnam, Malaysia ,Taiwan,Thailand and other nations that are our allies.With time, the tariffed products will go back to their original price as they will no longer be from China. As for the minimum wage. Eeerm. Trump HAS supported a higher minimum wage. He is literally one of the few Republicans at the federal level who has done so from the very onset. I am no fan of Trump but in this area, he is trying. It is the state Republicans who are a problem in some states. The new trade deal between Canada, the US and Mexico sets the minimum wage for autoworkers at $16 an hour. That was actually added at the insistence of Trump.

  142. @David Doney Despite Trump's flaws, he is actually a lot more successful than many Presidents in some important areas, especially various ones regarding the economy. As Gerald indicated, trade is one of them. The Government's own data about Chinese intellectual property theft, tariffs, knockoff production, trans-shipping to evade trade laws, etc. over the last 25+ years are mind-boggling. For example, the Chinese have stolen hundreds of billions of dollars per year. It adds up to more than the total value of their biggest stock market (Shanghai) + all their U.S. Treasury bonds. Now, they are reeling from Trump’s measures while the U.S. stock market, etc. have done far better than just about anyone predicted they would in 2016. Plus, of the all the critics, Paul Krugman probably made the most absurd predictions of all (especially during his 11/9/2016 rant) about the economy, stock market, etc. under Trump. Yet, loads of people adore Krugman’s nonsense and that of others who are similar. It is madness!

  143. @Dave Excuse me, Dave. Professor Krugman has often explicitly admitted that he was wrong in his dire predictions about the economy in the aftermath of the 2016 election. To me, that is a mark of intellectual honesty, and that is exactly the reason why quite a few readers—myself certainly included—continue to listen to him with due respect. I am yet to read a piece from a conservative opinion leader admitting that he was wrong in predictiing a bonanza of investment from the recent tax cut.

  144. One of the concepts that I believe has helped bring many back to some form of organized Judaism is the Jewish concept of "Tikkun Olam" or Heal the Earth. Jews attempt not only to try and be charitable to their immediate community but try to try try and help solve problems that affect humanity as a whole. These efforts can be at the individual, small group, or even governmental levels. Sometimes when country's do good it also often does well. An example of this was the Marshall Plan that not only saved countless lives but eventually was a boon to our economy. Trump totally lacks both empathy and imagination as he has cut funds that has helped stabilize somewhat the countries that are the source of the desperate people at our southern border. Trump will spend more of our tax dollars on inhumane solutions that don't work. Tikkun Olam or Trump's Fortress America? For both Jews and others in the Community of Faith there should be only one choice.

  145. Paul Thiel, a libertarian gazillionaire who floated the idea of his own private island a few years back, free of both business regulation and a Bill of Rights, says that we no longer compete in business. (Paul only invests in sure things.) But right-wing billionaires also don't compete with democracy. Vinod Khosla has devoted a considerable chunk of his fortune and influence to closing off a long stretch of pristine California beach to the general public, surfers in particular. This reminds us of Gandhi's deadly social sins: politics without principle, commerce without morality, wealth without work. Because of the 2017 tax cut, Tim Cook's personal fortune soared by tens of millions from the stroke of a pen. We are not in a battle of right v. left. We are in a battle of economic freedom and religious pluralism against oligarchy and theocracy and brute fundamentalism. AG Bill Barr provided legal cover to Bush the Elder during his pardon of various felons from Iran Contra, such that they would not be called by special prosecutor Lawrence Walsh as eyewitnesses against Bush himself. Bill Barr and Mitch McConnell and John Roberts in particular accomplish through force what they cannot accomplish through persuasion, a triumph of theft over hard labor. Minority voting rights have been crushed over the last two decades, from Bush v. Gore to Shelby to Husted. I see zero reason for hope. The last time I had hope was Paul Wellstone.

  146. @Mark Buckley There's still reason for hope, in the names of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

  147. @Mark Buckley Regrettably, I agree with you. The goalposts have been moved at such an incremental pace over the last several decades they are now on the sidelines and not in the endzones. Big predators are being decimated at an alarmingly fast pace, smaller species of plants,insects,and sea life is being eradicated. And while it is positive that social issues have made progress, I fear that capitulation and acquiescence has misguidedly been used as a way "to get along", to not be seen as a team player or contrarian seems more important than to really fight for good.

  148. @Mark Buckley Along with the blow to voting rights visited by Bush v Gore, the slow closing of the courthouse door began that same week in Randolph v Greentree, the case that blessed arbitration clauses in consumer contracts.

  149. Bigotry exists, but history very clearly demonstrates that bigotry is dysfunctional to the survival of our species. I don't believe the genetic scientists have yet identified the gene or genes that are expressed in bigoted actions or thoughts. I do know that government officials may think in bigoted terms but it is unlawful in the United States for an official of the Federal Government to express in any form statements that infringe on religious freedom. 1st Amendment to the Constitution, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; . . ." Fundamentally, the civil liberties organizations are on the right track. In Earth's future, I strongly believe that we will continue to increase the numbers of people who are secular humanists in order for our species to survive.

  150. @james jordan ...provided we survive, James. There is a distinct possibility that we don’t. Mother Earth is getting really, really tired, and the couple million years of rest before a new life cycle begins are NOTHING to her. This is what too many very rich people still refuse to understand.

  151. @james jordan “Bigotry exists, but history very clearly demonstrates that bigotry is dysfunctional to the survival of our species.” Bigotry can be defined as “fear of the other”. In this regard, contrary to your comment, history instead demonstrates that bigotry is central to our species’ survival since we are all descendants of those who survived competing tribes of other humans (and prehumans) and other predators who would have killed our ancestors if given the chance. We survived by banding together and cooperating in our own tribes to protect and defend against the others. Our fear of the other is as deeply embedded in our DNA as it is in every prey species on the planet. That is the reason we have to work so hard to overcome it.

  152. @james jordan Sad to say, secular humanism will die out simply because the most religious fundamentalists are the ones having the most children.

  153. "American Jews almost all support Israel, but many don’t support the policies of its prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. But that’s presumably a distinction Trump doesn’t understand, at home or abroad." I'm not Jewish myself, but this is basically how I feel too, and I dare say a good many moderate-to-liberal non-Jews in America feel the same. So it pains me greatly to hear people who are critical of the policies of the Israeli government being accused of anti-Semitism. There was once a concept (or stratagem?) on the left called "critical solidarity". Judging from a lot of these comments here, I think a lot Jews & non-Jews could fit into such a category in regard to Israel. But of course, such a view would be anathema to Trump and many on the far right. But critical solidarity, as I see it, would have us not only NOT support Netanyahu's policies, but also call out anti-Semitism here at home and in the world, AND concern ourselves with the plight of the Palestinian people as well, even if we don't necessarily approve of the policies of THEIR leaders either. And I know this isn't primarily a column about Israel, but it sure seems like Trump is using his official support for Israel to get away with making bigoted comments & tacitly (and sometimes not so tacitly) encouraging bigotry as well among his supporters. So, with this in mind, I want to go "out on a limb" and argue that critical solidarity with Israel is better for the Jewish people than the support of Trump.

  154. @Bryan In Britain it's sort of the opposite, i.e., many in the Labour party confuse opposition to the Netanyahu government with opposition to Israel itself, and this leads to a party-sanctioned anti-semitism.

  155. As a right leaning neoliberal, I’m not the biggest fan of Prof Krugman but he’s spot on. I’m afraid that it’s too late and this trend will continue even after Trump leaves office.

  156. [email protected] Define what a “right leaning neoliberal” is before I can give thought to your outlook/reply; because you think your self described political category highlights some kind of understanding to this economic ethnic issue. ??

  157. Side note that may be interesting: Jewish values vigorously and explicitly embed charity, caring for those in need, offering hospitality for "the stranger", and tikkun olam (healing the world). You know how wine becomes kosher (legal)? Amongst other things, the winegrower has to observe the mitzvah (commandment) to leave the corners of their field to widows and orphans – interpreted as leaving a tithe to charity. Same with bread: a portion (challah means portion) that is set aside as a tithe, in this case a tax to support the priests. Jewish values aren't suspicious of money and wealth the way the concept is embedded in Christianity (one of the dominant cultures that Judaism exists in relation to). It doesn't mean that Jewish people care about money more or less than anyone else, but we don't simultaneously hold poverty as a value or ideal in the way that Christianity does. Also remember that the notion that Jewish people are greedy for money was mostly visited upon us by Christian observation, in societies that generally prevented Jewish people from owning land (thus favoring professions that were more cash-based, e.g. medicine or trade) and that prohibited its own members from charging interest on loans, leaving Jewish people as the only ones who could legally earn a living by banking.

  158. Paul Krugman states, "but most of my ethnic group" and proceeds to inform us of his political opinion which, you guessed it, is informed by his ethnicity. You cannot expect to vote based on what you think is best for your ethnicity and then expect the white majority who make the bulk of Trump's deplorables to vote differently. Krugman's racialization of politics must have a symmetrical reaction eventually; the asymmetry of minorities voting with their race in mind but the majority in general being opposed to having such a consciousness, will soon be an artifact of the past. I expect nearly everyone to vote with race in mind when all racial groups have no more than a plurality in the electorate.

  159. @Jacob, I hope that you are wrong that in the future "I expect nearly everyone to vote with race in mind when all racial groups have no more than a plurality in the electorate." I do think that members of some formerly- and presently-threatened ethnic groups need to speak out about their special perils and disadvantages. I'm not surprised that Krugman finds his hate mail to be "interesting". However, Jacob, I hope that the US will retain its status as a great mixing pot. I hope that in the future more of us will think of ourselves as just people with an extraordinarily rich cultural and ethnic heritage.

  160. @Jacob - "... You cannot expect to vote based on what you think is best for your ethnicity and then expect the white majority who make the bulk of Trump's deplorables to vote differently..." Voting for one's ethnicity may be the only way to save a group from the majority's persecution. Failing that -- then other means must be employed.

  161. @Jacob you don’t understand Krugman’s perspective as a Jew, so I’ll explain. We Jews have been through some of the worst treatment of any ethnic group; slaves ourselves for centuries in Egypt, forced nomads without a home for centuries more and then attempts at genocide - more than once (the Inquisition, Holocaust). So our perspective as Jews is that everyone matters and no ethnic group should ever be treated differently. Your suggestion that races should take sides when voting is the antithesis to the cultural and religious teachings we Jews have passed down for centuries.

  162. Paul Krugman, I've been a fan of yours for many years. I notice that lately you identify more explicitly with being Jewish. I look forward to the fruits of your considerable ability to explore this. Yes, perhaps we are similar to some other groups, Asian-Americans being the latest example. It's also been noted that Jews are disproportionately represented among Buddhist and Hindu movements in the West. There are many socioeconomic data points to explore and you are one of the best at that. But there's something else going on, don't you think?

  163. @Phil Are you implying that we are becoming more tribalistic (if that is even a word)? I think so, and it is too bad. I used to like to think we were one for all and all for one, but I guess divided we fall is more like it. Trump has done a number on us I guess. Or maybe I just used to be more optimistic.

  164. Not quite sure what you're hinting at. Can you be a bit more specific?

  165. When Ivanka Trump became Ivanka Kushner, we can well imagine the devastating and lasting impact.

  166. The crowd at that event seemed very pro-Trump. What I see is a split in the community. The Orthodox community is more pro-Trump, the non-Orthodox community more anti-Trump. But that is a generality. Trump appears to be very pro-Israel, having recognized Jerusalem as the capital and taking a pro-Israel stance overall. Is he had bad for the Jewish community specifically? I don’t think so. No more so than any other religious group.

  167. @Jon S Whether the Trump administration is "very pro-Israel" or not depends on your perspective of the religious nationalist movement in the settlements. Many of the actions the administration has made, especially the comments about the status of the settlements, are enabling the movement for annexation. Is that in the long term interest of Israel? I don't think so. Trump's policies and Twitter comments are undercutting the majority of Israelis who are not in favor of annexation of the west bank.

  168. @Jon S: Did you read the article at all? Most Jews are pro-Israel, Krugman says, but they are anti-Netanyahu. Trump is bad for the Jewish community because he's a white nationalist, just like the Nazis in Germany in the first half of the 20th century. And we all know what they did to the Jews.

  169. Trump is pretty much bad for every culture, except the White Supremacy crowd. So considering that fact I am going to be confident that the voters will take that into consideration in 2020 After all, most of the Trump vote was not for Trump, but a vote against Hilary Clinton. She is not running this time. Trump will have a new opponent, unless of course. he is Impeached and removed from office. I wish the Democrats would take a broader look at additional charges to be brought against Trump. That way, Trump and Pence will have less time to run and spend most of their time defending Trump's unconstitutional actions actions.

  170. This past Saturday our family and friends celebrated the Bar Mitzvah of a 93 year old survivor, who could not be a Bar Mitzvah in Poland in 1939 because of the German invasion. It was a joyful day even filled with dancing, singing and glorious tributes to the bar mitzvah "boy." It was also a celebration of the fact that we are still here. Mir zaynen do. But it was also a poignant reminder of the loss, and devastation that happens when demagogues stir up the passions of the weak and prejudiced and allow those ugly passions to take hold in society. Saying never again is not enough, we must fight with our every breath not to allow the divisiveness and hate that trump foments to take hold here.

  171. @Deb So 63,000,000 Americans are "weak" and "prejudiced"? You have exemplified quite clearly why Trump was elected. Folks with this kind of mind set have taken over the Democratic Party as well as the vast majority of our news media. Stereotyping Trump voters as you have ensures him another term in office.

  172. Good points, but I’m also a strong believer in our constitutional system that limits Trump’s rise eg term limits, impeachment, check and balances, and even the 2nd amendment (ouch). But beware of antisemitism from the left, which can be equally brutal. I think the majority of Trump voters recognize his support of Jews and Israel.

  173. I agree with everything Prof. Krugman writes and would like to add this: Like all American Jews, I have many disagreements and disappointments with my tribe, but I take pride that we speak in nearly one voice when it comes to support of asylum seekers. We know where the hatred fed by Trump leads but we also know that we were once strangers in a strange land and that if we don't extend a hand and help to others who face that same trial, we betray everything we are. The Tree of Life Temple in Pittsburgh was targeted for helping those who came to this country seeking refuge; my own family helped resettle surviving refugees in the US after WWII and we bitterly remembered the ships of Jewish refugees turned away by FDR during the war. What is bad for the least among us is bad for the Jews even if it doesn't strike us directly and especially when it comes to those seeking asylum, we know that and want the rest of America to know it, too

  174. @Peter Quince Thank you for your beautifully stated statement, in which I would like to join wholeheartedly.

  175. @Peter Quince ...thank you for you comments and especially your perspective, which is something, I feel, is sorely, vitally, needed. Of all the world’s oppressed, the Jewish race is especially qualified to educate the rest of us who need to know: the hatred among and between us needs to stop. We are killing humanity. Eventually, we will eat each other, like wild beasts.

  176. @Peter Quince From my experience with Jews and Judaism, it seems to me that more than a simple lack of opportunity (as Krugman claims) is needed to explain the relative lack of acting as oppressors in their history. The people and the faith (both in general, of course) possess an inherent predilection to question, something fundamental to the religion itself, especially contemporaneously. People who ask questions are less likely to have their behavior defined by demagogues and simplistic reasoning and more likely to demand a rational explanation of claims that might "legitimate", "justify", encourage, or condone oppression. And most oppression is based on non-rational claims, emotional make-believe as it were.

  177. Everyone in my Jewish family votes Democratic, although we have all done well financially. I remember growing up that my Dad would say that he personally would benefit financially from a Republican administration, but that it would not be good for the nation as a whole. I believe that it is not just self-interest and fear of anti-Semitism that has led Jews to favor the Democratic party, but also Jewish values, including wanting to make the world a better place.

  178. @Guesser Actually, the economy always does better under Democratic Presidents. Usually, the rescue it from rapacious Republican policies. Think FDR and Obama.

  179. Well said. Every year, we Jews celebrate Passover. The central message of that holiday is a remembrance and internalization of the idea that we were once slaves in Egypt. We are exhorted to tell our children that it was “I” and not an abstract historical us that went forth from Egypt into freedom. We are to remember the bitter experience of slavery and always to remember that we were once strangers in a strange land. And we are to approach our obligations to this world and our fellow man with that remembrance clearly in mind. That is why we are progressives.

  180. @Joseph T. Smith The Torah is "pro-life"? How? As far as I know, the only words in the Jewish canon of laws states that Life begins with the first breath.

  181. Dear Professor K, weaponizing religion is nothing new. What's most amazing is that people were cheering him while being marginalized as stereotypes. The God of Mamon won the evening. This is the only religion Trump adheres to. Apparently it's popular among other religions too.

  182. Dr Krugman we have been drifting apart since the 18th century. Judaism had always been about balance as had America. We humanists have no magic and the magicians have no truth. The division was always there but we had other things to talk about. We are out of balance and getting back in balance is going to require the passion we have suppressed for far too long. It took a great deal of effort to get from "We hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal." to the most unequal of all liberal democracies.

  183. @Montreal Moe "We hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal." You might be cynical about that chestnut, but consider this: If I inherit a $5,000,000,000 trust from my parents, while my neighbor inherits $5,000 from hers, your first reaction might be that we were not created equal. But that is not the point. We still have equal opportunity to pursue our dreams and goals. It's just that my neighbor's dreams are so much smaller than mine. But hey, why didn't she choose parents who were in the real estate business?

  184. @Samm You are mistaken, sir. That person who inherited 5grand does not have the same opportunities and influence that the 5 billion has. The rich (inherited or not) keep their money and make sure it stays in their family. How dare you say her dreams are smaller than yours!

  185. @Kathryn Thank you Kathryn. I "love" these Americans @Samm who just don't understand America and seem to think and feel that they have all the answers and know just what is what. Reminds me of an uncle, dumb as a rock and twice as abusive in his beliefs.

  186. Israel does not seem to understand the long term damage being done to its country. The U.S. has always been its number one defender, but there is a whole generation of Americans that think Israel is bad, that it is mistreating the Palestinians. Demographics are working against it. Israel can always look to Europe, but I don't know how that is going to work out in the long run.

  187. @Gone Coastal Trump is all about the sugar high you get from immediate gratification of the baser impulses. His influence will end soon enough, perhaps another five years but the potential destruction of the Repulican party and the reaction against Trumpism could last for decades. Its a big danger to Israel if Israel is just seen as the last gasp of European colonialism and a part of the Western white world : a European imposition on the middle east. Roosevelt tried to create institutions that would lead to peace though out the life times of the people who lived when he was president. Sadly Trump is making strides to destroy the institutions initiated by Roosevelt, leaving a world where small countries are more easily bullied by their larger neighbors.

  188. @Gone Coastal , you make a good point but please be careful how you use the word "Israel" when referring to political decision making. Israeli socio-politics, on the one hand, and Jewish socio-politics (in all the countries where there are Jews), on the other, are extremely complex and nuanced. Saying "Israel does not seem to understand ..." is a vast oversimplification and, therefore, unfair.

  189. @Gone Coastal Somehow Israel enters the picture. And what is the long term damage? To this day a majority of Jewish Israelis support two states, but wait for a Palestinian leader to accept the offer. Meanwhile, the economic situation of Israeli Arabs continues to improve dramatically, and the economic situation of the nation as a whole also continues to improve. As for the "whole generation" that thinks Israel is "bad", what does that even mean? As for the demographic argument, it's a red herring.

  190. My sentiments exactly. Thanks for the facts and figures Dr. Krugman. One question though. How do you explain the misanthropic old uncle who appears at every Jewish family's Passover Seder and annoys everyone with lies he learned on Fox New.

  191. @wyleecoyoteus Not at my seders. We still keep waiting for the entrance of Elijah and the Chosen One is definitely not Trump.

  192. @wyleecoyoteus I think that there are embittered older people in almost every ethic/group, who wish for attention and the semblence of importace. Some manifest these dissatifactions by having sharply contrary opinions, which gives them the psychological payoff and allows them to "hit back" against their perceived injustices. Arguing with such an individual only reinforces the behavior -- hard to avoid in a culture that values debate of ideas! Sometimes, however, the discussion isn't really about the ideas, but about dominance.

  193. You take notes on what he says. Try then find the truth from impecable sources and send it to him. You also explain that when some learns that just one thing he said was a lie, that person can no longer believe anything he says, as he should be doing with Fox News.

  194. Sharper and more lucid then ever, Prof. Krugman. The way you summarized the Reps' strategy is a gem of concision and precision: "to win votes from working-class whites, despite an anti-worker agenda, by appealing to racial resentment."

  195. @College Prof If you are interested in a further breakdown of this issue read “Dying of Whiteness” by a Southern physician (Metzl) who interviewed many pro-Trump Southerners. A good read and examines the long term result from the GOP’s Southern Strategy from many decades ago.

  196. @College Prof ""to win votes from working-class whites, despite an anti-worker agenda, by appealing to racial resentment."" How many dozens of scholarly, political "think pieces" have we all read that have attempted to decode Trump's bizarre, pathological appeal when the essence of it is not even hiding in plain sight, but staring us all in the face. It is really as simple as an appeal to racial animus, but paradoxically humans suffer from a compulsion to go in search of complicated answers for simple questions, i.e., why do 40% of people support Trump no matter what he does? I suppose the fact that we're forced to live with that 40% might have something to do with our motivation to find alternative reasons.

  197. Sharper and more lucid then ever, Prof. Krugman. The way you summarized the Reps' strategy is a gem of concision and precision: "to win votes from working-class whites, despite an anti-worker agenda, by appealing to racial resentment."

  198. @College Prof I agree, that statement of Prof. Krugman's says it all about the Republican strategy.

  199. Mr. Krugman, I am so sorry, though unfortunately am not surprised, to hear that the letters you receive have gotten more "interesting" as you put it. I always enjoy your columns and your insights.

  200. Another summary article that is actually something much, much more complex. Like Dr. Krugman last, largely misrepresented article on US mortality statistics (yes, and see today’s NYT more accurate article on the subject), this piece glosses over real data for impressions: we know who this president is — but who really IS our electorate?

  201. Paul, I love your columns and newsletters. Such an intelligent, insightful writer and I assume person. Really wish you'd run for office. even President. I'd be proud of our government again... Thanks for all you do for democracy! David

  202. An excellent column, but I think it lets the American Jewish community off too easily on it being "liberal" yet also (in the main, and certainly at the institutional level) supporting Israel. For decades, there has been the "progressive except on Palestine" trope in the Jewish community: very liberal on everything else but more than willing to turn a blind eye to Israel's oppression of the Palestinians - or, even worse, to justify it. This is the reason that the Democratic Party is, historically, almost as solidly "pro-Israel" as the Republicans and why Israel has always been able to count on "bipartisan support" no matter how atrocious it becomes. Of course, this is starting to change, especially among activist Democrats and among younger American Jews (as Peter Beinart's excellent book on this topic elucidates). But for Jewish Americans who recognize the threat posed by Trump but are still swayed by his commitment to Israel, he must pose a real dilemma. The irony here is that at least one of the reasons that Trump likes Israel so much is because it's the kind of state he'd like the US to be - an ethnonationalist state that lets people in or keeps them out based on their ethnicity and which oppresses and marginalizes groups that don't fit the accepted criteria. That's part of the reason that Israel is so popular with the far right. They may not want Jews living among them but they are happy to support a state that successfully practices their aspirations.

  203. @Shaun Narine don’t forget the far right “Christians” believe that Israel is where the “end times” will start and that the move of the Israeli capital is part of their prophecy. I know people that believe this and abhor Jews but support Israel.

  204. Trump has certainly given us an abundance of insensitive, cringe-worthy statements on racism, POWs, Muslim-Americans, etc. His vocal linkage of Jewish wealth and political preference was wrong and ugly, more in the league of Ilhan Omar than mainstream Democrats or Republicans. At the same time, Trump doesn’t operate in the apologetic, Palestinian-appeasing disposition that pervades the left. Except for Biden, most Democrat presidential candidates have already indicated that they will lean on the Israelis—including holding back defensive aid—to influence their behavior. For what? For the Palestinians (Abbas and Hamas) to wake up one day and partake in a real peace process? To stop trying to delegitimize Israel in every possible international forum? For them to shed their support of terrorism and antisemitism? Trump’s trope on Jewish wealth is unacceptable. I find the Dem’s conditional support for Israel in the context of the Middle East and repetitive Palestinian rejection of multiple peace offers even more unacceptable. (And, BTW, many more un-wealthy Americans voted for Trump than wealthy.)

  205. @Alberto Abrizzik Palestnians are not just members of Hamas and Hezbollah. They come in all types and have the same hopes and desires as Israelis. What Israel has done to Palestinian residents, most especially under Netanyahu, is unjust. Representative Ilhan Omar and others have merely voiced their concern for the lack of just treatment of the people of Palestine. A peace plan between Israelis and Palestinians seems as far off as ever. Giving up solves nothing, nor does demonizing Democrats for advocating a more conciliatory view of Palestinians.

  206. @Alberto Abrizzik And, if your last statement is correct, what does that say about the Jewish community in light of the Krugman essay? there are people still out here and in Israel looking for a way to achieve some kind of lasting peace. Your note lists the grievances, which are all legitimate but will of brought up over and over again will stand in the way of any kiind of resolut9ion for israel land the Palestinians. The problem for Israel is now that the Netanyahu government has almost totally removed any hope of any kind of peaeful resolution. The whole world is watching and not very happy about the turn of events.

  207. @Alberto Abrizzik "(And, BTW, many more un-wealthy Americans voted for Trump than wealthy." source of information please, other than you "believe it"? it;s per centages......in numbers alone if that were that many "wealthy" ones, this country could bail out of the international trade economic and banking sectors, without a thought...... your plans for that scenaro "I believe"?? a prime example of what is seriously wrong with hardened cult members. The Israelis haevnn't learned from the apartheid of South Africa. And smart Israeilis and those who think, realize this-and are working to undermine the bubble dwelling cultists. That is the future. Nationalism NEVER ends well. NEVER History show that over and over , cultists. You are no different.

  208. Bravo. I can't believe that ANY American would throw away our human and civil rights for a tax break or good stock market. Yet, the entire Republican Party seems about to do just that. Jews are well aware that dictators don't discriminate. When they start victimizing people there's no saying where the damage will end. Nobody is immune. I can't believe our Republican friends and neighbors are willing to trade their freedom and their Constitutional rights for a tax break. But look how they're behaving. It scares me.

  209. I'm puzzled why you have posted over 100 submissions (of 135) but not posted the below. Any reason? "Jerusalem is Israel's capital." "Settlements are just fine and so totally legitimate." "Anything to do with Iran is terrorism by a vicious enemy." It's not just tax breaks that Trump uses to appeal to Jews. And it's not just tax breaks that result in wealthy and prominent Jews, as well as Jews without, to support this guy. He appeals to every despicable impulse in extremists of all kinds, including Jewish extremists. It's been a winning strategy for him so far. He must be beaten to show that there are enough moderate Americans to keep the extremists in our midst from determining our national character, actions and ethos.

  210. He's bad for everyone. Anyone who holds one group in contempt holds everyone in contempt.

  211. Yet many Jews, young and older went ecstatic for Trump (witness the several AIPAC and other Jewish led organization conferences) simply because he announced US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital, recognizing Israel's annexation of the Golan heights and fully supporting settling of Jews in occupied West bank on Palestinian lands. This cognitive dissonance between liberal Jews and supporting Trump's full support of rightwing Israel politicians is difficult to comprehend, and is similar to poorer whites support to republicans based on ideological grounds. Trump is also very very popular in Israel.

  212. I'm not Jewish. I know that this a sorry cliche, but my best friend was Jewish. He died a couple years ago. I wept more for Ephraim than my own father. He liked to say that he was an immigrant twice. Born in Romania, he emigrated to Israel. Then he immigrated to the US and died a US citizen. What I want to say is that my friend was disgusted by Trump. His biggest concern was compassionate treatment of immigrants because he had been an immigrant.

  213. Trump interprets support for him with support for the United States. Hence, to be anti-Trump is to be "an enemy of the United States". Trump feels this same case for his friend Netanyahu - that to object to the Netanyahu's government policies and their treatment of Israel's Arab population, and Israel's repression of Palestinians is to be anti-Israel. But the country of Israel is not the Prime Minister, and the United States is not Trump. A person can be pro-Israel, and anti-Netanyahu, or a United States patriot who dislikes Trump. Quite easily, in fact. That both these men conflate dislike of them and their policies for dislike of the country is an indication of their megalomania. That both are corrupt, and one even indicted for it, is also a common thread... when you feel you are above the law, what to do except grab what you can for your greedy, law-breaking self? The best thing for both countries would be to throw both of them out, indict them, and if found guilty throw them -in- prison.

  214. Donald Trump is bad news for pretty near everyone: the farmers and coal and industrial workers whom he duped into voting for him with false promises of a return to a mythical past, the members of the armed forces into whose ranks he sows discord and dissensions by capriciously intervening in matters of military discipline, all of us by undermining the safety and healthfulness of our air and water. But the thing most to be feared by anyone in his ambit is that he calls you his 'friend'. Because you know then that if you turn your back for a second you, the snake will knife you.

  215. Okay! That's it! I don't remember the full details but recently there was, I believe, a police officer who is gay who was told by his supervisor that maybe he would get along with his fellow officers better if he was"a little less gay". the gay officer was awarded, if memory serves, 21 million dollars. That sounded about right to me. Someone in a position of authority, be it an employer or a president of the United States, is responsible for watching what he says because of the damage it can cause to people. The president must not be any exception to the law even though he wants to pardon himself from anything he might do! That is absurd. Not only is he violating a law by fanning the flames of anti-Semitism, if he were to stop himself from being sued on that motion he would be obstructing justice, again. Trump has completely crossed that line. it is time that someone undertook suing Trump because of his racist, anti-semitic, and other bigoted statements the same way any minor employer would be eligible for the damages that would be imposed upon him or her by such a suit. I am not proposing to sue the United States government. I am proposing that we should all collectively sue Donald Trump personally. He will bat it away, of course. But it is hard to see even a conservative Supreme Court being willing to defend a president when, if it were anyone else, they would not be able to say such things. if I knew how to insite a groundswell on this, I would do it. It is time.

  216. While Paul Krugman correctly identifies the dangers that Trump poses to American Jews, he neglects to mention the threat of the progressive Democrats to the same demographic. As the Democtrats move farther and farther to the left, they appear to be adopting many of the traits that the Jewish community in England fear from Jeremy Corbin's Laour party. As Bari Weiss stated so well in her article last week, Jews around the world are now stuck between a rock and a hard place, anti-Semitism emanating from both the right and the left. Where are we to turn?

  217. I don't think Jewish Americans will abandon Trump unless they are "asked to go home" in greater numbers. I have Trump supporters in my Indian American circles who have benefited from Trump's tax policies. They were with him until one in the East Coast from a red state was asked to "go back to his own country." He has been here since the sixties with two American born children and he had an awakening. American Jews need an organization or two or three that speak from them. And it is not AIPAC. Trump has to get it into his head that alienating the vast majority of Jewish people in America is perilous for his re-election. The first thing he has to do is to fire that turncoat Stephen Miller and maybe ask his son-in-law to move back to NY, if they will have him. How will you get from here to there?

  218. I'd like to convey my sympathies to Prof. Krugman for the cruel, ugly e-mails he tells us he's received. For many of us readers, Prof Krugman is our principal go-to columnist in the Times and I think I can say with genuine assurance that our good wishes and deep appreciation for Paul exponentially outweighs - by leaps and bounds - the tiny minority that .. .well, let's just say, at least they know how to read. And at least they read Paul Krugman. And maybe they'll have something worthwhile to write an e-mail about someday. I remain hopeful. Happy Hanukkah, Paul.

  219. The title for Krugman's column should be extended: "Trump is bad for Jews, African Americans, the LGBTQ community, men and women who support reproductive rights, climate change scientists, asylum seeking migrants, and for citizens who are receiving assistance from social safety net programs.

  220. Trump supporting Jews are the next on the chopping block of Prof. Paul Krugman. Well I have news for Dem. Prof. Krugman. When Trump ran in 2016 he had zero record of being elected to any office leave alone the highest office and when he runs in 2020 he has a record of having cared for all Americans and legal residents of America. Over 80 % of Asian American voted for Trump in 2016 but come 2020 , I predict 50% will vote for trump in 2020. In 2016 10% African Americans voted for Trump, I predict that 25% will vote for Trump in 2020. As far as 2020, maybe 25.0% of Jews from NY and California will vote for anyone but Trump and 50% will vote for Bloomberg. In the states between NY and California, 80 % of Jews will vote for Trump. Jews can think what is best for them too. As far as Hispanic dense TX and FL, both will go to Trump. Why? All non white groups want what the whites have nothing more or nothing less. Which means they want to be equally treated and equally benefit from the current Trump economy. I think Trump will win by a landslide the electoral college and win the popular vote in 2020. Bloomberg jumping in the race to get the democratic nomination is a vote of no confidence in any of the democrats running for the nomination. Bloomberg can give a tough run to Trump for his money simply because he has more of it but Bloomberg lacks the fire of Trump and he is more energetic and tougher than Bloomberg. So Krugman's predictions are not going to turn out bad for Trump.

  221. @Girish Kotwal Sorry for the mistakes in my post. In the third sentence I meant Over 80% of Asian Americans voted for Clinton in 2016.

  222. Trump is bad for everyone, including Jews. A President's job is not just less taxes for the rich, as the article suggests many Jews recognise this. Trump's enablers in particular are a danger to minorities, all minorities. It is of no help long term supporting Bibi. Israel needs to come to terms with the Palestinians so they can all live in peace. The old saying about who should do things is the one who can, in this case it is Israel. Let us hope their new leaders will accomplish peace.

  223. Women, Jews, blacks, hispanic, LGBT. the squad. the list goes on. DT tweets his praises, ( there are wonderful people on all sides) and his denigrations. He loves power, praise and money. Contribute to his grift (Hotels, real estate and golf courses) and that he accepts. A million for his inauguration? Ambassador to the EU. He admires Xi Jinping, Look at Hong Kong. Putin? look at Ukraine. Israel? look at Netanyahu, King Salman of Saudi Arabia? Kim Jong Un? Would we like to be ruled by any of them? As long as we stay in our silos, It is divide and rule. How can we unite as an American community under the rule of law with shared values, shared mutual respect and shared economic prosperity. I believe we can do it.

  224. Mr. Krugman, Trump did not make this remark only to a Jewish audience. On 8/21/19 the L.A. Times reported: “Whether you love me or hate me, you have got to vote for me,” he said last week at a rally in Manchester, N.H., warning that Democrats would ruin the economy by raising taxes and adopting policies he described as “socialist.” Research would likely show that the president made this statement, more or less, to quite a few people attending rallies.

  225. Thank you so much for this clear thinking and absolutely spot on analysis of the way Trump and cohorts exploit racism and sectarianism for their own evil agenda. Let no-one be deceived: as Trumpism gains ascendancy we will ALL be worse off.

  226. I think the primary reason for Jews being more liberal than conservative is education. The large immigration of Jews to the U.S. beginning in the 1860s to the 1920s brought a population eager to succeed, to become Americans. They worked in the low wage unskilled jobs, an suffered hardships, but it was better than in the countries they left. Their primary road to success was education. And education is the source of liberalism, of understanding the world about you, other cultures, it teaches you to ask relevant questions, not take political rhetoric just because it sounds good, but to examine the facts, to reason and learn. Conservative thought stifles inquisitiveness, it is rigid and demands unquestioning authority. We have just seen a recent poll, that says Republicans believe their swindler leader is being held back by the courts and congress. Economically they are locked into 19th century thought, ancient religious beliefs are dominant. Jewish tradition is to ask questions,"Why on this Night" for instance, do not accept proclamations because some demagogue says so, that is the foundation if liberalism.

  227. Total agreement, Dr. K. Were you being kind, or judicious, in not mentioning that the ultra-orthodox and Hasisdim, who are, in essence, Judaism's Evangelicals, overwhelmingly vote "conservative", and do so in blocks...

  228. I would dispute Mr. Krugman's premise that Jews don't vote Democratic because they are afraid of anti-semitic bent. As pointed out we are can be just as selfish as the next guy but many of were brought up with liberal Democrat values and even if Trump wasn't bad for the Jews we still would not vote for him. My immigrant grandparents considered Eleanor Roosevelt royalty and wishfully thought FDR might actually be Jewish. In my family you could declare yourself an atheist but never a Republican!

  229. Everything Prof Krugman says is true, and yet people like Steven Miller seem to think that the SS won’t come knocking on his door. I’d like a hit of whatever he’s smoking.

  230. @MikeG Agree-he acts like a goy and is behind trump's anti immigration speeches and thinks he is one of them. Lots of German Jews thought their love of Prussian ideals and WWW1 service would save them from Nazi hatred but they found out the hard way that hatred is stronger than rational thinking. Sartre said that if people say you are a Jew, you are a Jew. Secret police, camps and gulags are the first part of a dictatorship. Trump is a would be dictator-I worry for my children and grandchildren.

  231. @ACL I’m glad you know the history and what it tells us about today. Sadly, many people don’t, so they are doomed to repeat it.

  232. Please, I beg you to remember that a fierce opponent of racism in the United Kingdom, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, has been under terrifying attack as an anti-Semite since being elected in 2015. I am distressed and disheartened by the false attacks on Jeremy Corbyn and what I take as the harming of British democracy by these false attacks. I beg you to notice.

  233. @Nancy Brilliant sarcasm.

  234. Iranian-Americans like me and our Cuban-American brethren are more affluent than the general population and have been rock solid Republican to this day poking holes in the author’s premise.

  235. Bigotry has no limits. The true bigots, which Trump and too many of his followers within and outside of Congress are, will aspire to find fault with those who are not White, Christian, or straight. I would even add not a man. Paul speaks of the fact that people are people; there will be the good, the bad, the ugly in every race, religion, and ethnicity. ( My grandparents were immigrants from Sicily, good, decent people as were the 12 children they raised. But there was that aura of the Mafia wherever they went and to whomever outside their culture they spoke.) What I do not understand is why this blatant insult which spewed from Trump's mouth was not publicized more. Not that he has ever read Shakespeare yet even heard of the character Shylock, but this attitude is straight out of The Merchant of Venice. I am not Jewish, but my best friend is. My husband was a close friend of a Reformed Rabbi who is now deceased. It was never about money or taxes. Justice, compassion, and equality were and are the central tenets within them. Those and education, too, right up there.

  236. It is really disturbing that Prof. Krugman - based on our country's mindset - needs to spend most of this article to offer empirical evidence that Jews are not all about "the stereotypes." I think I am naive, but I didn't believe that people had such notions about ethnic groups any longer (cheap Dutch, cheap Scots, cheap Jews). Sadly, Trump proves this wrong because he gets straight to "it" in his speeches to Jewish groups. It fills me with despair.

  237. Thank you for this column. We must stand together against this hate.

  238. Krugman writes: "people are pretty much the same whatever their background." True enough. Then what is the rationale behind identity politics? Isn't identity politics itself essentially racist because it stereotypes people of any given background and ignores the fact that "people are pretty much the same whatever their background." Isn't that what racists deny?

  239. Ignorance is a condition that’s tough to reverse. Ignorance is also contagious. Very often, it’s spread by word of mouth.

  240. I appreciate a lot about this article. First noting that the parties are supported by different classes—the rich mostly support Republicans. So much of what Trump really is, has to do with unending class privilege w/o any guide rails to steady him, to think of others. I appreciate your talking about Republican strategy: “Their strategy for decades has been to win votes from working-class whites, despite an anti-worker agenda, by appealing to racial resentment.”. Implicit is the corner into which Black Americans have been shoved, even post-Jim Crow. And, also, your noting the connection to Asian Americans, Indian Americans in particular. And I really appreciate your speaking forthrightly about the Jews. We seem to be the only people that neither the right nor the left feel should be spoken about as a distinct group (except for criticism). The taboo is reflected in the responses: Many say: Trump is bad for all people (not just the Jews). But, from a Jewish point of view, that is the equivalent of “all lives matter.” There is nothing wrong with addressing the problems of particular groups, unless that is, you wish they would just disappear, assimilate, convert! On the other hand, the responses of those who described their connection to Jews, was restorative. I appreciate that you didn’t gloss over your own Jewishness, too. I know that this article will be talked about among friends and

  241. I would add— Trump is bad for everyone. Even himself.

  242. As a Jew I am proud that only seventeen percent of American Jews voted Republican last year. This is even more significant given that Trump, and the Republican party in general, have significant support from Haredi Jews. The progressive Jewish community is overwhelmingly Democratic, and as a whole is highly liberal. Here in the deep South the Jewish community is somewhat less liberal than it is nationally, but it is still far more liberal than the general population here (Baruch Hashem!).

  243. I'm proud to vote for people who most closely represent my Jewish ethics, who will support the poor, the immigrant, the widow and the orphan, the strangers, for we were strangers in the land of Egypt. Some Jews voted republican out of fear of certain immigrant groups, and I'm sorry they had to learn that the greatest danger we face here is from men and women of European-origin and their guns. They are the ones who fear our passion and pressure for social justice while accusing us of being money-grubbers, (which is kind of laughable in that the pursuit of social justice is the very opposite of single-mindedly pursuing wealth. But never mind, I don't look for consistency from those "very fine people.") Most of us, though, identify social justice and tikkun olam, repairing the world, as the Jewish values we treasure most, and which we wish to see embodied in the American polity. That's how most of us vote. (Look at Congress and where the Jews are...proudly on the blue side of the aisle.)

  244. After slavery, American antisemitism is the next stain on the soul of the United States. That America did not extend a helping hand to the Jewish community during and after WW II is a sin that cannot be erased from history. The promise of freedom for the new American nation was extended primarily to white Protestants. The rest of humanity was relegated to a lower level of existence.

  245. Everyone missed the point of Trump's pandering to Jewish people. You'll notice that after three years, there is still no peace agreement for Israel? Of course not. Without one, Trump and Kushner might have the idea of cashing in on the West Bank Real Estate future. Netanyahu did proclaim his desire to steal the land, didn't he? It's pretty rich that the real greed is from Trump, not Jews who only want a safe place to congregate. I'm still waiting for our Jewish friends to actually pay for the land as a simple way to gain peace there. It worked for Thomas Jefferson and the Louisiana Purchase, didn't it? Remember that Trump is practiced at the art of deception and diversion. The Jews need to lead from within, not from without. Trump should be their last choice for leadership.

  246. Despite what non-jews and even many jews might think, money is not the only thing jews pursue. Jews have always been in the forefront of the arts and intellectual movements. These are mostly not high paying pursuits. By writing this article Krugman is just pushing the narrative that has caused jews so much suffering over the ages. Just because jews seem to have a greater degree of financial success than other ethnic groups doesn't mean it is actually true. We are likely successful by that narrow minded definition as much as any other group but are noticed much more. We are constantly and unfairly accused of having a single minded pursuit of money. Thus "The Jews Will Not Replace Us". A paean to gentrification by those with financial means if ever I heard one. Don't feed the monster we can't seem to ever escape. It just makes it stronger.

  247. Excellent truth telling from a brilliant economist and columnist. Thank you Mr. Krugman.

  248. Trump is bad for all no matter what religion. Separation of church and state means not putting national policies on religious ground. Part of anti Semitism is that some consider Jews as a race or ethnic group. They are not. They are citizens of many countries that have practiced a religion for thousands of years and there is much diversity among those who practice the Jewish faith as there is in other religions .

  249. "The Trump administration is, beyond any reasonable doubt, an anti-democratic, white nationalist regime." In the past there was the Association of German National Jews and the German Vanguard. There are people of many backgrounds, including Jewish people, who hold nationalistic, conservative, monarchistic, authoritarian view points who now, as then, try to appease and side with the white nationalists. I remember watching a nature show where the sharks trapped a school of tuna and killed many. The remaining fish were left to try to swim in circles with the sharks to avoid be eaten. It worked for only so long. The sharks weren't fooled. The Jewish people supporting Trump remind me of those fish when they swam close to the sharks hoping not be eaten. One only needs to have seen or attended a Trump rally, or listen to his supporters, to know that after black people the next group on the supremacists hate list is Jews, many of whom are also on the other hate list: immigrants. White supremacy has been no friend to the Jewish people and those supporting Trump are just one lap away from being served up as the next group to blame. Or ending up like Max Naumann. Appeasement has not a successful strategy.

  250. Some of the Republican Jews I know could never imagine a rising anti-Semitism. They believe in the notion that it can't happen here that Americans are somehow a different species than the Germans and Europeans of WWII. They also want to be accepted by mainstream wealthy successful Republicans. That combination makes for a good portion of Republican Jews who vote for Trump. However there are orthodox and immigrant Russian Jews in Brooklyn who fit into a whole different category of Trump supporters.

  251. Donald Trump is not good for anybody, as several commenters have observed, and especially not for identifiable subgroups that have been targets of bigotted violence in the past. Or it should be the past. But the next time Mr. Trump shows any awareness of the weight of history will be the first time he does. For him to be "good for the Jews" he'd also have to understand ethics, morals, honesty, brotherhood, inclusion, responsibility, and a variety of other traits that he's showed no signs of demonstrating.

  252. Thank you for pointing out that your or the corporate tax rate are not the only thing we Jews need to pay attention to. I’ve neighbors who really believe that one. It’s as if their historical memories have been wiped clean by a few generations of prosperity. Just Like all groups these people may carry some of their own racism as well. But I believe they’re also carrying an idea that they won’t be in the line of fire should we have a full on nationalist government. They’re wrong.

  253. Mr Krugman, Thank you so much for your article. I am probably very thick; I did not know you are Jewish. Your article particularly moved me since I have had in the past many Jewish friends and colleagues. To be frank, I love my Jewish friends to the extent that I would not hesitate to put my life on the line for them if I were so called. As you aptly put it, when bigotry runs wild, the Jews are the first to be targets. I am a member of another minority who is also targeted, being gay and married to my same-sex partner since 2002 here in Québec. A dear friend of mine, an Evangelical Christian who is gay friendly, enquired recently of my opinion regarding the progress of gay rights in the world to date. I told him that the anti-gay backlash has started to become apparent, in the same way the anti-Jewish backlash is becoming apparent. We are fortunate in Canada to be relatively immune for now, but for how long, I do not know. Your people and my people are in the dubious position of being canaries in the coal mine. Be brave my Friend. We must continue to remain faithful to our convictions. John Waller

  254. Trump hides behind Jared Kushner and Ivanka, as if those familial ties absolved him of his poor treatment of Jewish people. When innocent lives were taken during the hate-driven attack on a PA synagogue, Trump’s first response was to glibly say that they should have had an armed guard. His son-in-law and daughter later instructed him to speak about the scourge of anti-Semitism. Take Trump’s demeaning treatment for the real him, not the coached version his family would prefer.

  255. While I could not agree more with Krugman's assessment of Trump, including his anti-semitism (the fact that his love of Israel is more about appeasing the Evangelicals, not Jews). And I too am dismayed by Jews who put their personal wealth above freedoms and democracy, but what Krugman left out is that Democratic Party is slowly showing signs of growing anti-semitism in its ranks, highlighted by the comments of several high profile members and whitewashed by Jews who want to be considered "woke" (who are just as extreme and destructive as the ultra-Conservative Jews) Anti-semitism is on the rise on the Left (they are not progressives or even true liberals) as witnessed at rallies, policies of some candidates, by some Left-wing Jewish groups who want to be woke, and on college campuses where Jewish students are called out and "punished" for merely being Jewish. Moreover, we are watching what is transpiring in England and it is not hard to imagine the Democrats moving in that direction with a vile leader (like Corbyn) and members who are virulently anti-semitic. These are scary times for Jews when the leaders of major parties in the UK (Corbyn) and the US (Trump) spew hatred. Democrats must continue to vociferously object and reject anti-semitism in the Party.

  256. "There are things more important than your tax rate." That this has to be argued at all points to the moral bankruptcy of America and nearly all the organized religions current in American society. Lord, protect me from your followers.

  257. Trump has a modern orthodox Jewish daughter and son-in-law and three beautiful Jewish grandchildren.I do not believe that Trump is anti-Semitic. He simply says whatever is on his mind without any coherent strategy or purpose. The ramblings of a man without character or a moral compass.At any given point he is anti something.

  258. "Jerusalem is Israel's capital." "Settlements are just fine and so totally legitimate." "Anything to do with Iran is terrorism by a vicious enemy." It's not just tax breaks that Trump uses to appeal to Jews. And it's not just tax breaks that result in wealthy and prominent Jews, as well as Jews without, to support this guy. He appeals to every despicable impulse in extremists of all kinds, including Jewish extremists. It's been a winning strategy for him so far. He must be beaten to show that there are enough moderate Americans to keep the extremists in our midst from determining our national character, actions and ethos.