Hawking baffled by Trump’s popularity

Also appeals for UK to remain in EU on British TV show.

LONDON — Stephen Hawking understands the workings of the universe – but says he cannot fathom the popularity of Donald Trump.

The British astrophysicist told ITV’s morning show that the presumptive Republican Party candidate for US president “is a demagogue who seems to appeal to the lowest common denominator.”

Hawking also appealed to British voters to vote to keep the United Kingdom inside the European Union in a June 23 referendum. He said remaining within the EU provided essential support for British scientific research as well as its economy and security.

He said: “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.”

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