Physicist Stephen Hawking stumped by Trump’s rise: ‘He appeals to the lowest common denominator’

Renowned theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking called Donald Trump a “demagogue who seems to appeal to the lowest common denominator,” during an appearance on the United Kingdom’s ITV network on Monday.

When asked to explain the Trump phenomenon on ITV’s “Good Morning Britain” on Tuesday, Mr. Hawking, a theoretical physicist and best-selling author, acknowledged a mystery that he has found impenetrable.

Asked to explain the political ascendance of Trump, he said simply, “I can’t.”

“He is a demagogue who seems to appeal to the lowest common denominator,” Hawking said in prerecorded remarks.

Hawking, who is British, also weighed in on the debate over whether Britain should remain in the European Union.

“Gone are the days when we could stand on our own, against the world,” Hawking said. “We need to be part of a larger group of nations, both for our security and our trade. The possibility of our leaving the E.U. has already led to a sharp fall in the pound, because the markets judge that it will damage our economy.”

Hawking, who’s been suffering from a rare early-onset slow-progressing form of ALS, has advocated for those with disabilities. Trump on the other hand, mocked a disabled New York Times reporter during a rally in South Carolina.

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