Even Stephen Hawking Can’t Explain Donald Trump’s Political Rise

Much of the world is baffled by Donald Trump’s success so far in the 2016 presidential election, somehow using his loud, offensive, and sometimes incoherent speech to woo Republican voters. Even Stephen Hawking can’t explain Trump’s rise to becoming the likely GOP nominee for president, and he’s one of the smartest people in the world. Granted, politics isn’t exactly his area of expertise, but that didn’t deter him from commenting on the billionaire-turned-presidential nominee.

When ITV’s Good Morning Britain asked the theoretical physicist if he could explain Trump’s political success Tuesday, he said he couldn’t. “He’s a demagogue who seems to appeal to the lowest common denominator,” the genius said, using a  computer controlled by tiny movements of his cheek muscles. Trump hasn’t responded to Hawking’s comments yet, though he’s bound to fire off an insulting tweet about the genius.

As a British citizen, Hawking wouldn’t be stuck in the nation a President Trump could potentially lead in eight short months, but he still doesn’t like a politician who often ignores scientific evidence. Trump has claimed global warming can’t exist because it still snows and that the whole idea “was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.” The frequency at which he lies also suggests that he disregards any type of proven fact, so at least he isn’t exclusively unaware of scientific discoveries.

 

He also spoke out Tuesday about Brexit, the movement in favor of Great Britain removing itself from the European Union, saying that it would ruin scientific study. “Students can come here from E.U. countries to study, and our students can go to other E.U. universities,” he told Good Morning Britain. “More importantly, at the level of research, the exchange of people enables skills to transfer more quickly, and brings new people with different ideas, derived from their different backgrounds.”Hawking must not like Trump’s plan to keep Mexicans and Muslims from any where in the world out of the U.S. for the same reason he wants his own country to stay in the E.U. — he favors open borders that allow researchers and scholars to freely move about and share ideas. When people can be physically connected, their ideas can also connect to answer science’s biggest questions.

Hawking may have established theories about black holes emitting radiation, cosmology, and gravitational singularity, but Trump remains a mystery to him (and the rest of the world). Maybe someone will be able to figure him out in the future.