Renowned academic, author, and MIT professor emeritus, discussed the implications of a Donald Trump presidency both domestically and globally.
Speaking about the businessman turned politician, the scholar said “He certainly is off the spectrum. There’s never been anything like him.” Chomsky has plenty of personal experience on which to base his statement. After all, he is witnessing the 16th U.S. president in his lifetime.
“He has no background at all in any political activities. Never held office; been interested in office. He has no known political positions. He’s basically a showman.”
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The author, who was being interviewed by Al Jazeera’s Mehdi Hasan, said that there is a “moral issue in voting “against the greater evil,” referring to trump, even if you do not like the other candidate.
“Do you vote against the greater evil if you don’t happen to like the other candidate? The answer to that is yes. If you have any moral understanding, you want to keep the greater evil out.”
He also pointed out that there was an unmistakable, objective difference between the record of the two candidates. “I didn’t like Clinton at all, but her positions are much better than Trump’s on every issue I can think of,” he said. The scholar added:
“Every Republican candidate is either a climate change denier or a skeptic who says we can’t do it. What they are saying is ‘Let’s destroy the world.’ Is that worth voting against? Yes.”
Chomsky has been a critic of Trump, calling his refusal to accept the science behind climate change “a death knell for the species.”
The famous scholar said that people who didn’t vote for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton to block a Donald Trump presidency made a “bad mistake.”
Earlier this month, speaking about the results of the election, Chomsky noting that Trump has no policies to speak of, said:
“The outcome placed total control of the government — executive, Congress, the Supreme Court — in the hands of the Republican Party, which has become the most dangerous organization in world history.”