Stephen Hawking on the Rise of Trump: “He’s a Demagogue Who Seems to Appeal to the Lowest Common Denominator”

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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  • NikFromNYC says:

    Trump’s appeal is twofold. First he stands against the BS of the art world, a form of child abuse. Second he stands against the BS of the climate scam that will render even Hawkins’ legacy damnable, another form of child abuse. They are child abuse since the first says give up your creative dreams, it’s all an arbitrary fame game, and the second says the world is ending if you don’t give up general enjoyment of competition known as capitalism. Steven Hawking hasn’t said a thing against the preposterous climate hoax. Screw him then, history will not look kindly on him for that, at all. Hawking is perfectly qualified to have an assistant pull up long running tide gauge records that show no upswing whatsoever in our high emissions era, and certainly he can realize that scribble paintings are garbage too. So what’s so confusing about a candidate promoting common sense that lefty rags like Open Culture seek to destroy completely?

  • WarrenFromElsewhere says:

    Are you a comedian NikFromNYC? Cause that comment is hysterical…

  • NikFromNYC says:

    It’s not me creating the Trump rebellion, bemused one. That’s you.

  • Steve Kelley says:

    A working theory on Trump’s success? Scott Adams, creator of “Dilbert,” predicted last August that Trump would win the election in a landslide. A trained hypnotist, Adams has called Trump a Master Persuader with a broad set of skills and an ability to engineer linguistic kill shots (Low-Energy Jeb, Lyin’ Ted, Crooked Hillary). Adams does not support Trump. Details at

  • Luke says:

    Wow, the naivete required to encompass everything in that comment is overwhelming.

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