From his very own column here:
In other words, it may have sounded as if Mr. Trump was doing something substantive by intervening with Carrier, but he wasn’t. This was fake policy — a show intended to impress the rubes, not to achieve real results.
The same goes for the hyping of Ford’s decision to add 700 jobs in Michigan — or for that matter, Mr. Trump’s fact-challenged denunciation of General Motors for manufacturing the Chevy Cruze in Mexico (that factory mainly serves foreign markets, not the U.S.).
Considering how many jobs have been shipped overseas I guess it’s never occurred to the brilliant Krugman that people, in the beginning, are happy to see anybody save any American jobs. As in 1, as in any, as in stop the bleeding.
I think it’s preferable to call someone an asshole or a fascist rather than a rube. Insulting other people’s intelligence is not a solid long term political strategy, especially for Krugman who shilled hard for Clinton and got creamed.
That wasn’t so bright rube Krugman.