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11/18/2016 03:14 pm ET Updated Jan 03, 2017

Neil deGrasse Tyson Reveals Humorous Plan To Grab Donald Trump's Attention

Don’t forget Trump’s logic: “When you’re a star, they let you do it.”
Bill Nye (L) and Neil deGrasse Tyson arrive at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 10, 2016 in Lo
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Bill Nye (L) and Neil deGrasse Tyson arrive at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 10, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.

Neil deGrasse Tyson’s plan to get Donald Trump’s attention can only be described in one word: gripping.

The astrophysicist joked Friday he’d need to make a bold move to get the president-elect to engage in science talk. Like grabbing him by the crotch, for instance: 

Don’t worry, we’re pretty sure Tyson is joking. (The tweet is a clear reference to a recording released in October of the president-elect bragging about groping women by the genitals.)

“When you’re a star,” Trump says in the audio (and to be clear, by “star” he means himself, not a celestial body), “they let you do it.”

Tyson has happily riffed on slogans Trump has popularized. Following the election last week, Tyson appeared on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and suggested a new mission for the country: “make America smart again.”

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