Neil deGrasse Tyson To Bill Maher: Politicians Like Ben Carson Don’t Care About Facts (VIDEO)

Famed astrophysicist Neil deGrass Tyson offered an eye-opening explanation about why he doesn’t want to engage in insults or judgment against politicians like Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson on Friday’s episode of Real Time with host Bill Maher.

During the episode, Tyson tried to avoid talking about Carson’s ridiculous policies, because he believed politicians would say whatever they had to in order to win. However as the discussion turned to the GOPer’s tax plan, Tyson couldn’t help but add his view.

The conversation began with Impact Strategies CEO Angela Rye telling Maher, “He basically is saying, ‘I want you to pay 10 percent,’ So his new tax plan is for everyone to pay 10 percent because that’s what you do in church.”

Tyson injected his voice into the conversation, asking, “You know what spooks me a little bit about that?”, before adding that he was uncomfortable with Carson’s use of religious doctrine as the foundation for a tax plan. This 10% tax plan was presented by Carson in May, in which the conservative candidate made no effort to hide that the idea was based on tithing.

Maher referred to the former John Hopkins neurosurgeon as a “smart stupid person,” and pointed to Carson’s prior views on the Big Bang Theory – which Carson once called a “fairy tale” – and evolution, which Carson previously said was “encouraged by the adversary.” This prompted more comments from Tyson. Tyson defended Carson, stating:

“Maybe he’s smarter than you think, because he’s rising in the polls, so it’s working. You’re arguing with a politician as though facts matter to what a politician says.”

Tyson pointed out that it was a “luxury” for those not running for office to be able to criticize those who were. The Star Talk host added:

“I don’t beat politicians on the head. You know what I do? I’m an educator. So my task is to educate the electorate.”

Maher asked, “And the rest of us are a*sholes if we’re not running for president?”

Tyson replied, “Maybe you should be attacking the people who are voting for him.”

You can watch the episode below, courtesy of Mediaite:

Tyson does have a point. Many politicians (this is especially true for Republicans) are more concerned with winning over votes than spreading factual, accurate information, and will say what they think the public will best respond to. Perhaps by focusing on educating voters to separate fact from fiction, we can better control who rises in the polls.

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