As one of the world's most renowned scientists, Stephen Hawking is regularly called on to help explain the universe's more mysterious phenomena.
But asked to account for Donald Trump's political rise Tuesday, the British theoretical physicist was stumped.
"I can't," Hawking told CNN affiliate ITV's "Good Morning Britain" program.
"He is a demagogue, who seems to appeal to the lowest common denominator."
Stephen Hawking has the kind of intellect that works through several complicated mathematical equations before breakfast, and who has helped human kind to gain an understanding of the universe that that we never had before, and yet he is completely unable to explain how a creature like Donald Trump could win the GOP nomination for President.
Well I think the answer is simply that there are a vast number of Americans who cannot even spell the word "equation" much less solve one, and whose understanding of the universe is contained in a book written a few thousand years ago by superstitious desert dwellers.
People like that are easily manipulated into believing just about anything, even that an arrogant egomaniac would ever put the needs of the country or the American people before his own all encompassing need for wealth and power.
The problem with Stephen Hawking is that he is so smart he simply cannot fathom the stupidity of the conservative American voter.