Kim Jong-un backs Donald Trump, Stephen Hawking thinks he's a 'demagogue'

Donald Trump (Reuters)
Donald Trump (Reuters)

Donald Trump has secured the support of one of the world's worst dictators and been condemned by a man widely considered one of Earth's greatest minds.

North Korea's state-run newspaper DPRK Today has praised the billionaire Republican nominee as "wise" and "far-sighted", and taken a shot at his likely Democrat opponent, Hillary Clinton.

"The president that US citizens must vote for is not that dull Hillary but Trump, who spoke of holding direct conversation with North Korea," the paper's editorial read.

Mr Trump has threatened to pull US forces out of countries where it has bases, like South Korea, unless those countries pay up.

"Who knew that the slogan 'Yankee Go Home' would come true like this?" the paper, a mouthpiece for dictator Kim Jong-un's regime, said.

Meanwhile cosmologist and all-round brainbox Stephen Hawking was stumped when asked by an ITV interviewer to explain Mr Trump's highly successful campaign to date.

"I can't," he told Good Morning Britain.

But he gave it a shot anyway.

"He is a demagogue who seems to appeal to the lowest common denominator."

Prof Hawking in the past has expressed support for Labour, the UK's primary left-wing party, and having been confined to a wheelchair most of his life, is a big supporter of universal healthcare.