Being a super-rich TV star’s son isn’t what it used to be. At least according to Trump Junior, who whined this week about how unfairly he is judged:
Donald Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., lamented on Monday that his opinion is "discredited" as a billionaire's son.
"Now, listen, in this country I’m the son of a billionaire, I can’t even have an opinion anymore," he said on Breitbart News Daily, according to audio published by Buzzfed News. "I could be Albert Einstein and they would discredit me as a horrible scientist. It doesn’t matter."
Mr. Trump, if the point is that as the son of a famous zillionaire you sometimes feel held to a different standard, I sympathize with you. But Einstein and scientists in general are lousy examples. The reason Einstein rose so quickly from obscurity among physicists was because he published his findings in professional papers which were then subject to, and survived, peer review.
Peer review is when your best professional buddies rip through every word you publish and every calculation you performed hoping to discover an error so massive it embarrasses you right out of the field. It is a harsh, unforgiving, and imperfect process, but it’s an objective one, for both the ordinary pauper scientist and the lucky trust fund kind. I assure you, if you publish even mediocre work in physics, you will be judged with reasonable objectivity. If you publish the kind of stuff Einstein published, you’ll probably win a Nobel Prize.