On yesterday’s episode of HBO show Real Time with Bill Maher, one of his guests was world renowned astrophysicist and brilliant mind, Neil deGrasse Tyson. During their discussion, deGrasse Tyson addressed the topic of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Instead of sticking with the easy course, discussing the fact that Trump is awful and the many ways in which he is awful, topics turned to analyzing just how he’s become the assumed Republican presidential nominee and how he’s been able to gain so many followers.
Despite the fact that he has zero political experience and never explains exactly how he plans to put his ideas to work, they touched on why it can’t be denied that Trump has gained an unprecedented following among Republicans.
‘As an educator I care about the population and the electorate. And all this attention going to complain about Donald Trump. You’re not really complaining about Donald Trump, there’s a major portion of the electorate who likes him, and they are your obvious object of your ire. Then shouldn’t you be looking at the educational system that somehow allows people to not think about data, to not think about what is or is not true in this world?’
So just to clarify, what he’s saying is that Trump supporters are uneducated and unintelligent. Had they been properly educated they would not be supporting a man who doesn’t even have any political credentials beyond being really good at shouting into microphones.
deGrasse Tyson went on:
‘You can knock Trump out of the contest and the population that supports him will just wait for the next one to rise up and you have to beat the next one over the head.’
He makes an excellent and very simple point. The educational system in this country is sorely lacking, and if we don’t make moves to fix it, and soon, this sort of thing is going to keep happening long after the loud mouthed, bigoted man who is known for his hair and liking to build gold buildings is gone. Our current problem is Donald Trump; the real issue is an education system that does not give people the proper tools to discern who should and should not be president.
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