Proposition 1. The presumptive nominee of the Republican Party, Donald Trump, is not even remotely qualified to carry out the duties of the presidency of the United States of America.Tao usually proves his propositions, but this time he shows no evidence that he knows much about Trump or has even met a Trump supporter. The only reasons given are that Trump was denounced by Hillary Clinton, Mitt Romney, and a British comedian.
Proposition 1 is a statement which I think is approaching the level of mutual knowledge amongst the US population (and probably a large proportion of people following US politics overseas): even many of Trump’s nominal supporters secretly suspect that this proposition is true, even if they are hesitant to say it out loud.
As a comment also pointed out, Clinton also said in 2008 that Barack Obama was unfit to be President. But Tao endorsed Obama anyway, with the only reason given being that some other black dude endorsed him. Otherwise, Tao stays out of politics.
Czech physicist Lubos Motl responds:
But what's amazing is that Tao isn't discussing – and maybe, he isn't even willing to discuss – any of the political issues at all. He doesn't want to care whether Trump is right or whether most people in the U.S. agree with Trump or not. Tao seems to think that a few cheap insults such as "unqualified" and "petty" combined with some would-be mathematical jargon are more important than the actual political and personality issues and values and dreams. Sorry but it is not more important.Yes, Tao is clueless about politics, and just parroting propaganda from other white-hating America-hating leftists.
Terry Tao is absolutely detached from the issues that matter to the American voters, he is detached from politics, he is largely detached from America's life. But he's still arrogant enough to think that with some would-be mathematical terminology, his cluelessness may be sold as a superior analysis of the U.S. politics. I think that the comment section at Tao's blog shows that it can't. Almost everyone sees how deeply flawed Tao's attempts to axiomatize politics are, how shallow his insults are, how he has nothing to do with and nothing to say about the values and political issues that matter.
I believe that many opponents of Trump must start to see how incredibly empty most of these attacks against Trump are.
One comment says:
Here are a bunch of arguments that Trump is qualified:By contrast, Hillary Clinton has a terrible track record, is widely hated by people who know her, and is lousy at persuasion. Trump talks to the press every day, and Clinton has not has a press conference in over a year.
1. He’s a billionaire. He had a reputation as a businessman for getting a lot of things done. His properties are run very smoothly. Conclusion: He’s good at getting things done.
2. He has many children and grandchildren. So he doesn’t want the world to go to hell. Conclusion: He has skin in the game.
3. His wife loves him. He sells many books. He’s very skilled at persuading people (e.g. in rallies). He’s a skilled talker in interviewers. Conclusion: He’s sharp and good with people.
4. His family members endorse him, including ex-wife. Contestants on the Apprentice who’ve worked for him like him. Golfers like Natalie Gulbis like him. Conclusion: He’s honest and has worked to keep a good reputation all his life.
Most of all, Trump has competently addressed the important issues of the day, and that got him the nomination. Clinton has not yet done that, even tho she just had token opposition.
Since Tao does not give any logical argument, and only relies on what he thinks is conventional wisdom, then what is his real reason for hating Trump?
Maybe he is foolish enuf to believe his fellow leftists. This is possible.
Maybe he has some underlying animus or agenda that he is unwilling to spell out. I think this is more likely.