Paul Krugman ripped after claiming no 'mass outbreak of anti-Muslim sentiment' after 9/11: 'My mosque burned down'

Paul Krugman ripped after claiming no 'mass outbreak of anti-Muslim sentiment' after 9/11: 'My mosque burned down'
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New York Times columnist Paul Krugman was ripped on social media Friday after he wrote that "there wasn't a mass outbreak of anti-Muslim sentiment and violence" following the 9/11 attacks in 2001.

“Overall, Americans took 9/11 pretty calmly," Krugman wrote in a series of tweets to his more than 4.6 million followers. "Notably, there wasn’t a mass outbreak of anti-Muslim sentiment and violence, which could all too easily have happened. And while GW Bush was a terrible president, to his credit he tried to calm prejudice, not feed it.”

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The tweet generated more than 25,000 mostly negative responses as of Friday afternoon.

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Hate crimes against American Muslims surged after the 9/11 attacks, which were carried out by al Qaeda terrorists led by Osama bin Laden.

Krugman won a Nobel Prize for economics in 2008.