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Stephen Hawking: Trump ‘is a demagogue’

Theoretical physicist says he can't explain Donald Trump's political rise
31 May 2016

Tim Hume for CNN reports: As one of the world's most renowned scientists, Stephen Hawking is regularly called on to help explain the universe's more mysterious phenomena.

But asked to account for Donald Trump's political rise Tuesday, the British theoretical physicist was stumped. "I can't," Hawking told CNN affiliate ITV's "Good Morning Britain" program. "He is a demagogue, who seems to appeal to the lowest common denominator."

The Trump campaign did not immediately reply to a message requesting comment.

Hawking appeared to be not the first British public figure to express criticism towards the presumptive Republican nominee; the business mogul developed poor reputation, especially in the UK: his anti-Muslim comments almost ended up in him being banned from the kingdom for alleged hate speech.

During his appearance, Hawking also expressed his feelings towards the possible Brexit. Gone are the days we could stand on our own, against the world. We need to be part of a larger group of nations, both for our security, and our trade," the 74-year-old said.

"There are two obvious reasons why we should stay in. The first is that it promotes the mobility of people. Students can come here from EU countries to study, and our students can go to other EU universities," he said.

 

By Stefan Paraber for GIA.

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Stephen Hawking: Trump 'is a demagogue'

Professor Hawking claims that Trump “is a demagogue, who seems to appeal to the lowest common denominator."  The traditional association of a demagogue is one who seeks power by appealing to people’s lowest emotions.  But how about a cold and scientific look at the actual policy proposals and plans?  And does Hillary not appeal to the gender factor as the main reason why people should vote for her? Trump supports American jobs and opposes more endless wars. Hillary supports American corporations and more wars.  So is the method in which Trump seeks to get elected worse than the actual proposals he offers? Are not almost all politicians demagogic as they seek to appeal to the public through populist means? (Obama created false hope in seeking to get elected). Even if migration were to be limited, are countries not entitle to limit migration or must they face sex attacks by Middle East migrants as in Germany?

Hawking also argues that “Gone are the days we could stand on our own, against the world. We need to be part of a larger group of nations, both for our security, and our trade." But Britain in the EU means it will be exposed to mass migration from the Middle East which has already been hitting continental Europe, so how does EU improve UK’s security? And trade deals cannot be decided by London but must pass through Brussels, so where is UK’s freedom to make the best deals? Hawking says that staying in the EU “promotes the mobility of people. Students can come here from EU countries to study, and our students can go to other EU universities." But that will be held true even if Britain exits as students can easily be granted study visas.  If UK would gain control over its borders, people could continue to come, the only difference would be that UK can decide if it wants young brains to whom visas can be given, or radical jihadists who will come in without asking.