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After the Supreme Court said the Environmental Protection Agency could not pass sweeping regulations without Congressional support on Thursday, New York Times opinion columnist Paul Krugman managed to make a lightning rod for mockery with its hot plug.
Krugman stoked outrage on both sides of the political spectrum, tweeting, “Undoing Roe is awful. Kneeling environmental regulation is existential. This Supreme Court just ruled on the side of civilization collapse.”
His rhetoric came to a head in recent days, as he compared the modern Republican Party to the Ku Klux Klan.
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His anti-conservative rhetoric, however, has not prevented him from being pilloried by liberal users for putting environmental protection ahead of abortion access.
Professor Ilona Kickbusch warned Krugman: “Both are life and death issues – indeed existential for women – and speak to the kind of society we want to be!”
“Comparing Supreme Court decisions is not helpful. Both will result in massive suffering and countless preventable deaths,” tweeted PBS show host Sheril Kirshenbaum.
Transgender activist Charlotte Clymer said: “Dear cis, straight men who keep doing this:
I promise, I promise, I promise… you don’t need to use framing that diminishes Roe’s impact for us to understand why the EPA’s decision is horrible. Our little women and our queer brains can understand both, I promise you.”
Author Mark Harris condemned Krugman not just for categorizing issues, but for speaking out indiscriminately based on his race and gender: “I implore anyone who is not a Republican to not not engage in the game of ranking legal or legislative disasters, an unnecessary (or perhaps pointed) exercise in which, one way or another, women, non-white people and LGBT+ people fail never quite to claim the top spot.”
MoveOn executive director Rahna Epting responded with a simple contradiction: “Undoing Roe is existential.”
Many liberal commentators gave hyperbolic takes following the overturning of Roe v. Wade last Friday. Several went into the scorched earth, even claiming that a “Civil war” is imminent.
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Meanwhile, on the conservative side of the political spectrum, users have responded sardonically.
Commentator Noam Blum joked: “I can’t wait for his future apology to downplay[ing] the severity of [Roe] be overthrown. »
Radio host Erick Erickson offered a searing assessment of liberal political priorities: “Killing babies to save the planet is the left’s preferred solution.”
Commentator Ian Miles Cheong recalled one of Krugman’s most infamous comments about the future of technology: “This is from the guy who said the internet would be a passing fad.”
Cheong went on to suggest some theoretical forces that could actually destroy civilization: “Now what will cause civilization to collapse? “Decolonial theory”, ESG, DEI, the destruction of the nuclear family, the end of social norms and traditional values. the end of cultural heritage and identity and an embrace of Tumblr fandoms in place of a personality.”
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