Liberal New York Times columnist Paul Krugman suggested Friday that President-elect Donald Trump could have an incentive to allow or launch a 9/11-style attack on the United States once in office.
Krugman wrote that President George W. Bush came into office with questions surrounding his legitimacy that were "dispelled" by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Krugman surmised that gave Trump "interesting incentives."
Like Bush in 2000, Trump won the Electoral College in 2016 but did not win the popular vote. Bush's popularity soared in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks that killed thousands of Americans.
Thought: There was (rightly) a cloud of illegitimacy over Bush, dispelled (wrongly) by 9/11. Creates some interesting incentives for Trump
— Paul Krugman (@paulkrugman) December 16, 2016
Krugman appeared to imply that Trump might be tempted to allow such an attack on the country in order to get the nation to unite behind his presidency.
There have been conspiracy theories from "truthers" ever since the 9/11 attacks that Bush knew about them ahead of time or even ordered them himself to justify going to war in the Middle East.