Saturday, June 4, 2016

Stephen Hawking Angers Trump Supporters With Baffling Array of Long Words

Physicist Stephen Hawking. (photo: Karwai Tang/Getty)
Physicist Stephen Hawking. (photo: Karwai Tang/Getty)

By Andy Borowitz, The New Yorker

he theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking angered supporters of Donald J. Trump on Monday by responding to a question about the billionaire with a baffling array of long words.

Speaking to a television interviewer in London, Hawking called Trump “a demagogue who seems to appeal to the lowest common denominator,” a statement that many Trump supporters believed was intentionally designed to confuse them.

Moments after Hawking made the remark, Google reported a sharp increase in searches for the terms “demagogue,” “denominator,” and “Stephen Hawking.”

“For a so-called genius, this was an epic fail,” Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, said. “If Professor Hawking wants to do some damage, maybe he should try talking in English next time.”

Later in the day, Hawking attempted to clarify his remark about the presumptive Republican Presidential nominee, telling a reporter, “Trump bad man. Real bad man.”


+43 # RMDC 2016-06-03 14:34
These low intelligence voters who have been whipped up into a patriotic fever by right wing demagogues of both the secular and religious variety are the ones who put GW Bush in the White House. And Reagan before him. They are also the ones who support Hillree.

The American idiocracy runs the nation. That's what democracy has come to - idiocracy.
+50 # CL38 2016-06-03 17:26
What can we make of those who condone what little we know about Trump 'policy' positions that are racist, anti-women, xenophobic, homophobic, etc.?

It seems to me that Trump supporters welcome the reincarnation of a Hitler type to run THIS country.

Wake up! We haven't sunk low enough?

We don't need to experience THAT!
+56 # jsluka 2016-06-03 21:37
Amazing isn't it? When TV reporters ask Trump supporters why they support him they almost always say something superficial (and frankly stupid) like "He says what he thinks, no matter what." D'uh. Like that's a good thing regardless of what he says? I saw a Trump supporter asked "Do you think Trump would be a good person to control the nuclear weapon launch codes?" And the dimwit answered, "He'd be the best, because he would say just what he thinks to the generals." Oh, it makes my head hurt.
+27 # vicnada 2016-06-03 21:58
Quoting jsluka:
"He says what he thinks, no matter what."
...which, if you truly "think" about it, is not true. Trump speaks instinctively. Instincts, by definition, operate reflexively, unmediated by thought or feeling. When Trump appears reasonable or sympathetic, these are instinctive behaviors for which he was rewarded in the past.

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