Why Stephen Hawking’s Comments on Donald Trump Matter More Than Most Realize

No matter what your opinion might be about the presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, it’s undeniable that his rise to Republican superstardom has been polarizing and one of the biggest stories since the day he announced he was running for president. This is a candidacy that’s transcended into pop culture and all across the world — though typically not for good reasons or anything positive.

Putting aside how unfit and unqualified Trump is to actually be this nation’s president, one of the biggest worries I have if my nightmare comes true and he does win in November is the damage he’s going to do to the image and reputation of the United States all across the world.

If you thought George W. Bush was embarrassing, a Trump presidency would make that look like an absolute dream by comparison.

Needless to say, opinions about Trump have been wide-ranging, frequent and often from people you might not expect to chime in on an American presidential election.

Take for instance recent comments from world-renowned scientist Stephen Hawking who didn’t exactly have anything nice to say about the GOP’s soon-to-be presidential nominee.

During an interview with Good Morning Britain, he was asked to explain how Trump’s campaign has managed to be so successful.

“I can’t. He’s a demagogue, who seems to appeal to the lowest common denominator,” Hawking answered.

This is one of the smartest human beings on the planet who recognized that Trump’s success, even though he clearly doesn’t understand the ignorance of his supporters, is due in large part because he pandered to the more ignorant people in this county — aka the “lowest common denominator.”

It’s a fairly sad day for this nation when a man who’s considered one of the most brilliant human beings who’s probably ever lived, someone who’s a bona fide genius, seems puzzled that there are tens of millions of people in this country who are dumb enough to support a “demagogue” who appeals to the “lowest common denominator.”

When someone who understands scientific theories that are so complex most humans can’t even grasp them, doesn’t seem to comprehend how someone who’s an obvious fraud like Donald Trump managed to become so successful politically, that’s saying something.

But it’s okay, right? After all Trump has people like Mike Tyson, Scott Baio, Dennis Rodman and Ted Nugent in his corner — who needs Stephen Hawking?!

This just shows you how much the rest of the world is laughing at us right now. They’re not paying attention to our election because they find the dynamics of it interesting, but rather because one of our nation’s two largest political parties is about to nominate an absolute joke as their presidential nominee. A candidate who even most within his own party seem ashamed of the fact that he managed to win their presidential nomination.

And if by some chance he does become our next president, the damage he’ll inflict upon this country – and the world – might never be undone.

That’s why I’m going to do everything I can until election day to make damn sure that doesn’t happen.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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