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The Profound Hypocrisy of the Republicans Depicted by Paul Krugman in Five Brief Tweets

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Paul Krugman has hit the ball out of the park, as he sometimes does. As he is using the medium of the Tweet, his statement has a lapidary, gem-like quality. 

I’d been hatching in my mind a piece that would expose these dimensions of the extraordinary hypocrisy of today’s Republicans. (This convergence of thought probably has occurred because some of the news of recent weeks has made the phoniness of “Republican values” more blatant than usual.)

But now I see that Krugman has laid it all out beautifully in these  five Tweets .

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One key lesson of 2017 was that everything liberals have said about right-wing hypocrisy was true — in fact understated 1/

The religious right claimed to care about moral values, but is fine with a guy who cheats on his third wife with a porn star; it was never about morality, it was about patriarchal privilege 2/

The flag-waving super-patriotic right is fine with people who colluded with Russia, and in fact is eager to help in the coverup, because it was never about patriotism, just about power 3/

The economic right is fine with policies that actively discriminate against clean energy in favor of coal, because it was never about free markets, it was about rewarding special interests 4/

And of course the law-and-order right is fine with demonizing and trying to destroy the careers of dedicated law enforcement officials if the pursuit of justice happens to threaten Republicans 5/