Yesterday, we walked you through Noam Chomsky’s analysis of the parallels between the rise of Donald Trump and the rise of fascism in 1930s Germany. Today, we’d like to take you through Stephen Hawking’s assessment of the situation. But the rub is this: Hawking, a theoretical physicist who has explained many complicated things in his lifetime, hasn’t yet worked out a theory that explains Trump. Asked to account for Trump’s popularity, he offered only this: “I can’t. He is a demagogue who seems to appeal to the lowest common denominator.” That’s it.
Hopefully, someone can come up with a working theory by the election. Or Bill Kristol can sandbag him first.
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