BTW Scott and I fight on the internet in the same way that young lion cubs spar. Anyway, in this post Scott pushes back, and I clarify in the comments. Note that I am standing up for a hypothetical Krugman, which my standard critics would be incapable of explaining. None of you understands my heart.
Regarding Scott’s claims that every person on planet Earth hates Donald Trump (except for the ones who have already voted for him, of course), check out this report: “Nearly half of the supporters of Ohio Gov. John Kasich would vote for Donald Trump, not Ted Cruz, as their second choice, according to the results of a Quinnipiac University national poll released Wednesday. And more than half of Cruz’s backers suggested they would do the same with their man out of the race.”
One more anecdote: I was talking to this somewhat unorthodox mother at a playground the other day, and she mentioned that she currently supports Trump. It turned out that in the last election she had voted for Nader. Part of what drives her current support is that she thinks the media is out to vilify Trump in a way she doesn’t perceive with the other candidates.
Do with that what you will. I think a lot of the popular explanations of Trump’s support do not actually match up with people who support him.
STANDARD DISCLAIMER: I don’t like bullies, therefore I don’t like Trump. He is a jerk and doesn’t even know basic economics, or at least, doesn’t give evidence that he knows it.