Wrote acclaimed pop astrophysicist Tyson in a tweet:
“People who are anti-Trump are actually anti-Trump supporters — they oppose free citizens voting for the
1. Tyson cannot help himself: he frequently mixes political bias into his supposedly “just facts and science!”lectures, and in cases like this, lets the cat out of the bag: he’s a partisan hack. The news media and allies of Hillary Clinton are doing their best to help Donald Trump get nominated, because they see him as one of the very few candidates that the awful Hillary Clinton could beat in a general election. Tyson reveals himself as one of them with his tweet. This was the same kind of calculation the Republican Party made when it allowed Trump, a Democrat, to run in the Republican primaries, and didn’t that work out well?
2. Tyson isn’t exactly a member of the news media, but he’s a media personality who carries some weight, as his opinions on things he really knows little about are given undue credibility because, you know, he’s smart. Well, Tyson’s dangerous game is dumb, and he’s also abusing his authority by playing it. It puts the U.S. at risk of a President Trump….and for what, to achieve the Nirvana of a President Clinton? He and others trying these tactics need to remember that any candidate who is nominated has a chance of being elected, especially running against a corrupt and bumbling liar like Hillary Clinton.
3. In substance, Tyson’s statement is pseudo-intellectual trash, and it takes no genius to realize it, either. Yes, by extension we are opposing Trump supporters, who are degrading democracy by exercising their rights ignorantly, recklessly and emotionally. After all, we may have to live with the consequences of their stupidity. That doesn’t mean we are attacking the process, but rather incompetent participation in it. Tyson’s snot-dripping tweet implies that there is something anti-democratic about objecting to a mob of badly informed, ethically-muddled and educationally deficient “angry” people elevating a posing, blustering fake to a position of great power in order to teach “elites” a lesson. Wrong. Insisting on democratic and civic competence is a duty or citizenship. Good systems sometimes deliver bad results because of human mismanagement of them, but one doesn’t impugn the system by pointing out and condemning..
4. The logic of the Tyson’s tweet is embarrassing. If I criticize Barack Obama for being a weak and divisive President, I’m not really criticizing him but his supporters, who don’t seem to comprehend his inadequacies or care? No, Professor, I’m criticizing him. His supporters are free to conclude from it what they will, though the assumption that if I hold Trump in contempt, the same goes for those who support him, is a fair one. When I want to criticize them directly, though, they’ll know it.
5. Is it unfair or in any way unethical to hold the supporters of a dangerous and unfit leader responsible for elevating that leader into a position where he or she can do immeasurable harm to a nation? Of course not.
If this tweet is an example of Tyson’s reasoning ability, nobody should care what he thinks about anything else.