Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking said Tuesday that the popularity of Donald Trump is beyond even his understanding.

The author of “A Brief History of Time” was asked in an interview whether his knowledge of the universe meant he could explain the presumptive Republican nominee’s appeal.

“I can’t,” Hawking replied. “He is a demagogue who seems to appeal to the lowest common denominator.”

The University of Cambridge professor, who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 1963 but went on to become one of the world’s most famous scientists, gave his thoughts on Trump and more in an exclusive interview with NBC News’ U.K. news partner, ITV News.

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