Stephen Hawking is one of the most brilliant minds of our time, but he’s having a hard time understanding why so many people are going to vote for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. As The Associated Press reports, the famed British scientist told ITV’s morning show on Monday that he doesn’t get how Trump has gotten as far as he has, while calling the candidate “a demagogue who seems to appeal to the lowest common denominator.”
It’s not at all surprising that a scientist like Hawking would be troubled by the rise of Trump. Among other things, Trump has made false links between vaccines and autism, has denied the science of climate change, and has even claimed that there is no drought in drought-stricken California. In addition to being an all-around ignoramus, Trump has also taken criticism for mocking a New York Times reporter’s physical disability, which is something Hawking likely does not appreciate as someone who has struggled for years with ALS.
At any rate, it will be interesting to see if Trump responds with a foul-mouthed tweet storm against Hawking in which he’s trashed as “a very mediocre physicist” who is also a “wheelchair-bound loser.”
Really, no one should put it past him at this point.