Stephen Hawking is a brilliant British scientist. He also happens to have ALS, alternatively known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. He uses a wheelchair and has a caretaker to assist him with his daily activities. Of course, we all remember the horrific video of Donald Trump mocking a reporter with a disability on the campaign trail. Therefore, it is not unreasonable for Hawking to say what many American citizens are feeling right now: That certain kinds of people are not welcome in Donald Trump’s America. That includes people with disabilities.
Hawking did an interview with Good Morning Britain Monday morning, and said the following of Trump’s hateful and incompetent style of governing:
Climate change is one of the great dangers we face, and it’s one we can prevent. It affects America badly, so tackling it should win votes for [Trump’s] second term, God forbid.”
Hawking went on to say that Scott Pruitt, the newly confirmed head of the Environmental Protection Agency, should be removed. Essentially, it seems that Hawking believes that Pruitt is in the position he is to “satisfy [Trump’s] electorate, who are neither liberal nor that well-informed.” Hawking then goes on to lament the fact that he should likely not visit the United States while Trump is president:
I have many friends and colleagues [in the US] and it is still a place I like and admire in many ways. But I fear that I may not be welcome.”
This is not the first time Hawking has spoken out against Trump. During the campaign, he referred to the bombastic then-candidate Trump as “a demagogue, who seems to appeal to the lowest common denominator.”
I admire you greatly, Mr. Hawking, but you are right. There are currently United States citizens who don’t feel welcome here. I’d advise that you remain in Britain until this ignorant, hateful buffoon is either voted out or removed from office. The majority of us know that he is unfit to lead, but unfortunately, enough folks in the right states were idiotic enough to think otherwise.
Godspeed, man. Keep speaking out, and keep doing what you’re doing.
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Shannon Barber is a self- described queer feminist and activist for racial equality, LGBT rights, women’s rights, and secular rights in America. She is a lifelong lover of words, though her educational background is in computer science. She currently writes for 2 liberal websites, and keeps her own humor blog for lesbians. She hopes to change the world, one mind at a time.