Stephen Hawking baffled by Donald Trump’s popularity saying ‘demagogue’ appeals to ‘lowest common denominator’

Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking

The world-famous theoretical physicist was asked on ITV’s Good Morning Britain if his knowledge of the universe meant he could explain the popular appeal of the billionaire tycoon

World famous genius Stephen Hawking has failed to find a reason for why Donald Trump is so popular.

Calling him a “demagogue” the theoretical physicist told ITV’s Good Morning Britain he seemed to appeal to the “lowest common denominator.”

A demagogue is a political leader who drums up support by using by appealing to popular desires and prejudices rather than using rational argument.

Hawking has previously made no secret of his disdain for the front-runner in the Republican Party presidential race – previously joking about his intelligence.

And it seems he hasn’t grown any fonder of the controversial billionaire after an appearance on ITV’s Good Morning Britain.

When asked if his knowledge of the universe meant he could explain the popular appeal of Trump, he replied: “I can’t. He is a demagogue, who seems to appeal to the lowest common denominator.”

Professor Hawking also took the chance to renew his appeal to British voters to back remaining in the EU for the sake of science, as well as for economic and security reasons.

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“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,” he said.

“The possibility of our leaving the EU has already led to a sharp fall in the pound, because the markets judge that it will damage our economy.”

He went on: “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.

“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.

“The other reason is financial. The European Research Council has given large grants to UK institutions, either to foster research or to promote exchanges.”