How Scott Adams Almost Won a Vote for Trump
Scott Adams has, for months, been my favorite Voice of Trump. He is, in fact, the only Trump defender that I take seriously.
Below Scott’s tier the drop-off in brainpower is sharp. Notable second-rate Trump advocates include Milo Yiannopoulos, a young nihilist and anti-PC crusader on a quest to prove that one can be English and gay without being witty or quotable. There is YouTube celeb Stefan Molyneux, a fierce libertarian and white tribalist, and men’s rights spokesman Mike Cernovich, a hyper-heterosexual who must have greeted Trump’s “pussy grabber” video like the announcement of VE Day. Descend another level and we’re in “your-uncle-after-a-six-pack” territory.
Scott, the author of the Dilbert comic strip, is different. He is no rabid hillbilly, no “Lock Her Up” talk show tyrant. He has been downright charitable with his opponents, many of whom ought to apply for AM radio slots themselves, so bitter are they towards the mild-mannered cartoonist.
Using a scalpel and tweezers Scott has picked apart many sloppy arguments against Trump, while also explaining the double standards people use to defend Hillary Clinton. And recently, when “nuclear codes” began to pop up with most Google searches of Trump’s name, Scott Adams applied a cold washcloth of reason to his readers’ heads. He calmed them, and (with a chuckle) he promised to be the first to fight alongside the angels in any future civil war with Hitler 2.0.
Scott, you ding-dong.
As a man of nearly sixty, with money and a posh lifestyle to protect, the only time someone like you (or even me) could make a difference in halting a fascist’s ambitions would be before they gained power, before their persuasion worked on the masses.
Scott obviously considers the possibility of a genuine Trump disaster to be in the low zeroes, but let me show you how Scott Adams blew the call. This will require a little hypno-persuasion on my part.
1. You are feeling very relaxed…
Scott is an executive-level professional with an understanding of hypnosis, and his arguments reflect this. I actually agree with many of his points, even though I have been anti-Trump from the jump. And then, a few days ago, after long hours spent considering Scott’s pitch, they actually clicked.
I’m being serious here. I’m a left wing Green.
Yes, I told myself. Goddamn it, why not?
What exactly is so wrong about a candidate getting into Twitter wars with Jon Stewart? A candidate who doesn’t think twice about re-tweeting the words “Fuckface von Clownstick” to millions of his followers while the world sleeps? That’s fucking hilarious! This could be like having John Belushi in the White House!
Friggin’ Howard Dean allowed a weird noise to derail his dreams of becoming the most powerful man in the world, but Trump could fart into a microphone for five minutes and win a Grammy for it! How can I ignore the “git-‘ir-done” potential of a man like that?
This was my flicker of enlightenment, and it was no simple trick for Scott to arouse it. Scott Adams knows that reasonable people do not easily hand Bluto Blutarsky the keys to the kingdom. So for over a year, Scott portrayed himself as a dispassionate Trump analyst, just a guy with a novel take on the Presidential race. Then, slowly, over months, Scott emerged as a soft Trump enthusiast, while still maintaining his Spock-like detachment. It is a tactic Scott himself calls “pacing and leading”.
Adams could deconstruct any Trump misstep and use it to teach a modest Hillary supporter how Trump is just an earthy dude with golden pipes, the Frank Sinatra of politics. And now, in these final weeks, Adams has been heroically and publicly tossing back the Trump Kool-Aid and passing out Dixie cups. And brother, I took a sip.
I saw the Trump that his supporters believe in, a Trump for me! But how? I don’t have “1488” tattooed across my knuckles, and I could never tweet that Leslie Jones is a coon…I’m a Bernier Believer, for crissakes. But there he was in my head: the Trump of the Revolution! A Trump who spins words that the hated conservatives love, but who secretly offers them nothing! A Trump who will punk Wall Street, K Street… every street but Main Street! A billionaire class traitor that any good socialist would want carved onto Mt. Rushmore (even as they fought to have the surrounding land returned to the Lakota Sioux).
Has Trump not rubbed W’s face in the Iraq War and crushed the Republican Party better than any Democrat ever could have? Has this hero not stamped out the conservative movement like a cigarette butt? How could four more years of this be bad?? Donald Trump’s own words to blacks and the black-at-heart finally rang true: “What the hell do you have to lose?”
For one brief moment I was a genuine Deplorable, the name embraced by Trump supporters as their ultimate “fuck you” to Hillary. I saw clearly the politician who could defeat the “Dean Scream” curse that we voters have laid on our candidates, the Survivor challenge of walking barefoot across an oiled tightrope of “credibility”, demanding that they make it to the other side to change the system we hate.
Yes, Scott Adams had me. But the truth will always out.
Hours and hours spent watching the best religious apologists have shown me that, if you open your heart and your mind to them, and give them the benefit of the doubt willingly and in the spirit of genuine inquiry, sooner or later they will claim that the fine-tuning of the cosmic background radiation is proof that Christ’s love was never meant for people of a certain skin color, or similar giveaways that reveal the ape beneath the halo.
And so it is here. Eventually even the best poker players tip their hand. Scott Adams teaches master classes in deciphering Donald Trump, the Michelangelo of bullshit, but his words of late make it clear that he thinks that Trump is working in marble.
2. I will now count backwards from ten…
The arc of Trump’s rise and the trajectory of his eventual fall were summed up at the recent Al Smith dinner that both he and Hillary attended. For a short time Trump won the crowd, made ‘em laugh, deflated the tension of this final face-to-face showdown with Hillary. But he couldn’t hold it. The laughs turned to boos as Trump picked scabs and called Hillary an anti-Catholic bigot. From Frank Sinatra to Michael Scott in mere moments. This is what Trump’s four years will be like.
Trump, if elected, will almost certainly not be a Hitler. To believe this is his game would be to fall down the rabbit hole that has swallowed the Republicans for the past eight years. I’m not worried about a second Holocaust or FEMA death camps. That’s pure Glenn Beck shit, the paranoia of conservatives who thought a man like Trump was what they wanted, but who now find themselves staring into the Arc of the Covenant.
Even Trump doesn’t know what he will become as he wows his audiences like a Vegas magician. His next book should be titled The Art of Winging It. But Trump’s rabbits are not being pulled out of thin air. Look closer and see a Republican Party hoisted by its own petard, a Democratic party coasting on its inertia, and a brand new political movement paving Trump’s way, one that probably could not have been exploited before 2008 when Occupy failed to ignite a left wing flame to repay the bankers who trashed the Middle Class, and certainly not before a black man became president.
Yes, Trump has mad skillz on his side. He also has white vengeance on his side.
Trump has appealed to every grudge and low instinct that an atomized, aimless, jobless blue collar population has ever been encouraged to nurse. He shits on judges for their Mezzo-American blood, slanders American Muslims as 9/11 cheerleaders, uses the testimonials of grieving parents to stoke rage against immigrants as murderers and parasites, and then, in a sickening reversal, slimes the grieving parents of an American Muslim hero. His promotion of the Birther hoax will blight the Republican Party forevermore as the party that turned its back on Lincoln.
And there is Trump the husband, who with a wink and a nudge gave us his unspoken pledge to be faithful to his wife. Then, when a certain video woke us up to what our brain stems already knew, that same man used his wife as a human shield, sending her alone into a television interview to lie on his behalf, her accent and sloppy English not enough to disguise her obvious fatalism at being used as a Kleenex to wipe up Donald Trump’s gob. At least Ted Cruz stepped up to defend his own wife’s honor after Trump pushed his head in the toilet… for dissing his wife.
This Trump is the one who stands in the way of any effort to shift the immovable stone of Washington. Change is only as good as the change agent, but the likes of Scott Adams don’t care. They are only in this for Trump the wrecking ball.
In his last week of daily communiqués Scott Adams has abandoned all pretense. He now regurgitates Trump’s “drain the swamp” motto as though he were quoting Melville. He predicts Election Day violence from Hillary supporters if they lose, implying that a Trump defeat will inspire calm, candlelit vigils from Team Deplorable, a people who have been amped to believe that their leader’s loss will be a conspiracy, a stab in the back. How can Scott say these things and still be convinced in his heart that he is a man prepared to strike a pose against the next Hitler?
Scott dismisses Trump’s maximalist overtones by comparing him to famous American bullies like Steve Jobs, a man whose genius helped re-found America’s economy and lifestyle. But Jobs only cracked half of the Henry Ford equation, leaving America’s Middle Class behind and shipping the jobs that might have saved Flint or Detroit to China. And there they will stay, Trump or no Trump. It’s how billionaires get rich. Ask a Trump supporter who is not an overpaid cartoonist what they think of that master stroke.
Of Trump’s wealth, his will, his branding, his legend, enough ink has already been spilled. Look upon the works of America’s Pharaoh and despair: High rises and country clubs built for the wealthy by contractors he routinely dicks over. Casinos funded by tax abatements where the victims of the shitty economy trade their last dream for a plastic chip and a free well drink. Seminar rackets that might have been cooked up by Max Bialystock. All this, and the man doesn’t even pay any income tax! Clearly there is more L. Ron Hubbard than Steve Jobs in the character of Donald Trump.
3. When I snap my fingers you will be… a jellyfish!
Trump, without altering his personality one jot, could be cast convincingly as the President in a Farrelly Bros. comedy. But still there are people who insist that a candle is burning inside Trump’s head. Scott Adams is one of them. But once there arose a moment when the real Trump was laid bare, and Scott’s commitments were put to the test.
Most of Trump’s interviewers have been stumped by his total disdain for straight answers. Trump prefers to let the unformed excrement of his thoughts simply fall from his mouth and do the talking for him. Then, in one unforgettable encounter, Trump was challenged by Chris Matthews to define his position on abortion, and even with forty years of Republican talking points to draw from he was unable to muster an answer.
Instead, like a broken VCR, Trump simply tried again and again to eject the question. For five glorious minutes, as Matthews pressed his advantage, Trump refused to stake any clear position on a signature Republican issue.
The Donald must have thought he’d taken a blow to the head and woken up in Toon Town. Hadn’t he already checked the box marked “pro life” and ended all discussion? Instead, faced with perhaps the only question that every politician knows how to bluff his way out of, Trump muffed it. In a bullshit-free moment, when only intelligence and nuance would do, Donald’s cupboard was bare.
And how did Scott Adams take the news that the “Master Peruader” of his year-long hagiography was a deaf mute on a topic guaranteed to dominate his presidency when Supreme Court justices begin to fall like autumn leaves?
In possibly the most pathetic instance of special pleading ever witnessed by Man, Scott accused Matthews of asking a “gotcha question” for which Trump could hold “no winning hand” (never mind that the “gotcha” was simply Matthews not allowing Donald Trump to slither away from a question that had been posed by a woman in the audience). And when Trump’s handlers (probably with the help of chloroform) finally dragged from their candidate a vow not to throw women in jail for having abortions, Scott Adams rushed to defend the man for only needing 24 hours to grasp an issue that has kept the public at full boil for nearly a century.
Even days later Scott continued to justify Trump’s bellyflop, claiming that women will appreciate having abortion authority returned to states like Texas, because, y’know, smaller government. This is the logic loop of a guy who was so pumped for the Next Big Thing in politics that he still can’t believe that all we got was the Shockmaster.
But I get it now, I understand Scott’s tribe. When Trump isn’t talking in contradictions, when he isn’t trying to bluff his way through his complete ignorance of policy (or issues), when he’s not trying to buffalo a reporter or needlessly and hatefully dumping on minorities for the sake of pulling ten extra votes in Pennsylvania… the guy is fucking exciting.
And if you aren’t a divorced, self-employed mother of two listening to this man threatening to flush away your only hope for health coverage, or the child of an undocumented Mexican dishwasher listening to the high-born Trump tell you that your father is a parasite who hasn’t paid his dues—that is to say, if you are living comfy cozy and are not on Sherrif Arpaio’s shit list—I bet this guy seems like just the broom to sweep through Washington and…
And do what? Scrap the system of tax policies, trade deals and inside favors that have made Donald Trump richer than God’s grandfather? Trump swaps dick jokes with Bill Clinton on his private golf course, for Christ’s sake. Do you think the Billionaire Prole ever shared a beer with the guy who prepares his taco bowls?
Curiosity at someone’s lack of accountability is the last reason to hand them power. “How could I have known?” will not be an excuse. Trump’s words, his public statements, repeated often enough for anyone to get the hint, are sufficient. They have to be. He has no record for us to resort to, no plan that couldn’t have dribbled from the mouth of Sarah Palin, no promise that isn’t shifting sand, no ethics, no respect for a free press, no compassion for his wife or regret for her mangled dignity… there is no model at all for how Donald Trump will behave as President, except for his lifetime spent as a walking stomach.
All we have is his word, and Trump’s word to his opponents is unequivocal: he’d like to punch them in the face. We have to take Trump at his word when he promises to harass his political enemies, including journalists, and to ignore the human rights of our prisoners at Guantanamo, and to increase their number. We have no right whatsoever to ignore these pledges.
Scott, you’d stand up to Hitler, but you won’t stand up to an opaque, piggish, thin-skinned, glory-seeking, scapegoating bully?
Big oops, Scott.
Scott Adams thinks That Hillary Clinton has it in for him. He’s more right than he knows.
If you are reading this, I am most likely dead, or alive. My body is probably lying across the rails of a train track, my head crushed by the southbound Acela Express to disguise the blunt force trauma delivered by a DNC wet-ops specialist, or just as likely I am completely unharmed and sitting in my living room eating Sriracha flavored vegetable crisps while watching Black Mirror.
This is the unpredictable life of a Paid Hillary Operative.
Recently Scott Adams—cartoonist, entrepreneur, genius—twigged to the fact that the Hillary Clinton campaign has been running a blackshadow operation against him in collusion with Twitter, Salon, HuffPo—all the usual Clinton media cutouts—and meant to discredit him in the eyes of his followers. His crime: openly declaring his support for Donald Trump.
Now that Adams has unveiled this conspiracy to the world, many consider him to be a madman, or else some sort of transparent attention seeker looking to capitalize on an unexpected blip in in his public profile. But Scott is neither of these. He is, in fact, the most dangerous man in America, and I should know. I was paid $25,000 in Bitcoins to write a blog post defaming him, and to then post links to that blog on every Internet forum and comments section I could think of.
But I’ve finally had enough. The clear glass of Adams’ political perspective does not deserve to be fogged by the Sriracha-scented breath of spooks like myself, only to then have the words “THIS GUY IS STARTING TO SOUND LIKE A REAL NUTTER” written across it. I have returned the money, and informed my superiors of my intention to break cover.
For my courage, for my decision to cross the most evil woman ever to wear a Maxi Pad, I am most likely now a wet stain somewhere, or else sitting at home eyeing the bowl of fun-sized Baby Ruth’s that I really should be saving for the Trick-or-Treaters. The reason I cannot be sure of my fate is that I cannot be entirely sure that I really am a Paid Hillary Operative.
Like everyone else in America, I have my political opinions. And, like everyone else in America, I occasionally troll a message board with those opinions. Where Donald Trump is concerned I can be very loquacious, and in my past year of commentary my writing has been as fecund as Stephen King’s.
Go to any right wing forum and condemn Donald Trump using more than ten words and inevitably a Trump sympathizer will ask: “How much is Hillary paying you??” I never paid attention to to these absurd and pathetic ripostes. But around June of this year my bank statements began to show strange deposits made from organizations with names like Podesta Mattress Importers and Wasserman, Schultz & Payola. It turned out that I could now actually answer my accusers’ questions.
How much was Hillary paying me? Apparently $150.00 per post.
My contract with the Hillary campaign was entirely unsolicited and perfectly silent. The more criticisms I made of Donald Trump on Breitbart or The Blaze, the more money would appear in my bank account. I had no handler and no brief, but any online critique I posted about Donald Trump, no matter how mild, would mean hundreds of dollars in my pocket less than 24 hours later.
It was a sweet gig. The fact that I was a registered Green and a Bernie donor didn’t seem to matter at all. The Clinton campaign (and I still have no hard proof it was them, mind you) is just that wealthy and just that invested in paid trolling as political warfare.
For all my employers’ skullduggery, I was still pleased to be a compensated partner in the takedown of Donald Trump, something I would happily have done for free.
Then came the phone call.
The Phone Call
A few days ago I was at home working on an anti-Trump meme that I planned to post to 4Chan: Donald Trump dressed as a princess kissing Pepe the Frog. Not my best work, but I noticed that Pepe and the alt-right were on Hillary’s radar and I was angling for a bonus. Then my phone rang.
“Stop working on Pepe,” a voice that I cannot prove was Donna Brazile speaking into a water tumbler told me. “You’ve got a new assignment.”
How did they know?
I thought about the cameras, in my Apple devices, my PlayStation… How could they not?
“Do you read Dilbert?” the voice asked
As any red-blooded American under sixty would have, I answered “No.”
“Well, buy a treasury and bone up. Scott Adams just made the list. He called Hillary Clinton a ‘bully’, and his message has raised a flag in the Clinton campaign machinery. Time to go to work.”
I will admit now that I did not put up the fight I ought to have, but neither did I quickly seize what was being proffered. I could smell a dirty tricks campaign in the works, one directed against my fellow cartoonist, one sleazier than when Hillary had sent people in Planned Parenthood T-shirts to Trump rallies in the hopes that his even-tempered supporters would overreact.
“Look,” I said, “Scott Adams seems like a sensible guy with an incisive viewpoint. Why make him a target?”
The voice hissed, literally. Like a cat. “Pay close attention,” it said.
“Scott Adams has 86,000 followers on Twitter. 86,000 people aged 60 or older! Do you know that the elderly vote in higher rates than any other demographic? Do you realize that Florida is still in play??”
I saw the logic, and I saw a hangman’s noose being slipped around Scott’s neck.
“We tried shadowbanning him on Twitter. Don’t ask why we didn’t use our omnipotent power to shadowban Trump…HRC’s call. Anyway, it didn’t take. Our Twitter strategy has shifted. Now we are having people mass tweet that Dilbert isn’t funny, and that Scott Adams is crazy.”
I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. Who would ever believe either claim?
“Those attacks seem awfully specific. Don’t you think Scott will notice that nobody is tweeting 144 character hit pieces on his literary masterpiece God’s Debris?”
“Doesn’t matter. This is only Phase One, the tap on the shoulder. When he turns his head, Phase Two hits him square in the jaw.”
“’Phase Two’? That could only mean… Salon and The Huffington Post and Daily Kos all reporting at once that Scott Adams sounds like some sort of asshole!”
Behind the water tumbler, I’m sure the owner of the voice was smiling. “Now you see why we’ve been paying you so well. You see the big picture. You see that a national presidential campaign’s most obvious path to victory is calling in favors to make sure that a mildly popular blogger gets as much bad press as possible the day after he says publicly that he might assassinate the winner of the election. Then, when he starts ranting like Alex Jones on a meth bender that the next President of the United States is using all her campaign machinery to target him personally, and his followers start to flee in the tens of thousands, Florida falls into the Clinton column. It’s sort of like…”
“Wearing a Planned Parenthood T-shirt to a Trump Rally,” I said with a shudder.
“And now you know how the sausage is made,” the voice said. “”And you didn’t even have to wait for that prick Assange to leak it in an e-mail.”
Coming In Out of the Cold
My contact told me that I was to be part of Phase Three, the mop up, the last little digs to help spread the word that an American hero was turning as bughsit as Gene Hackman at the end of The Conversation. The bitcoins arrived disguised as in-game store credit in my Plants vs. Zombies app.
But I refuse to play this game any longer (the defamation game, not Plants vs. Zombies). I’m hanging up my cloak and dagger and choosing sides.
Some will look at what Scott Adams is writing in these waning days of the most hateful political campaign in American history as the ravings of a self-important crank with a one-size-fits-all political philosophy, and some fewer might see Adam’s playing a game of three-dimensional chess, getting under people’s skin while the getting is good and milking the media’s tits for a bit of ego-gratifying attention, all the while pretending to believe things he doesn’t.
But I know the forces arrayed against Scott. I have been their stooge, but no longer. I have not come to bury Scott Adams, but to praise him. So let the words of the Prophet speak for themselves, and those words are:
I Am Scott Adams.
Too many of you are under the sway of the highly convincing bully known as Hillary Clinton, who has ordered Twitter to mess with my head.
Hillary is perpetuating one of the greatest evils in our lifetime: the idea that Trump supporters are pigs. This is untrue.
Hillary Clinton is intentionally turning Americans against each other, but Donald Trump’s message is highly unifying.
You do not see this because you are hypnotized.
I will now post this on every Internet forum and comments section I can think of, and fuck the Clinton campaign.
As for Scott Adams, if I am still alive, I am happy to be trolling for you and not against you, brother. Please send your first payment of Bitcoins to my Plants vs. Zombies app at your earliest convenience.
If you are under 60 but would like to experience Dilbert in a format you will enjoy, why not try reading him Weapon Brown?
The Complicated Nature of America’s Best Trump Apologist
Scott Adams, the author of the Dilbert comic strip, is a Trump toady, or so say his critics.
As evidence they point to his blog where, for many a month and in Sherlock Holmesian fashion, Adams has dissected the unfolding crime scene of the 2016 presidential campaign and explained, with forensic exactitude, not only how Donald Trump has been crushing it but why.
It is not so much Adams’ past experience as a white-collar cubical drone that allows him to read the mind of real-life cartoon boss Donald Trump, but rather Adams’ skills as a trained hypnotist. Scott Adams calls Donald Trump a “Master Persuader”, and he believes that it is this natural gift that has led Trump, a man whose entire career is an instruction manual on the art of dicking the public, to his current position of running neck and neck with professional pol Hillary Clinton for the most powerful job in the world.
Trump has done this, Adams says, through various mind control tactics that are well understood by hypnotists, used-car salesmen and pick-up artists. His blog is filled with examples of Trump employing “anchors”, “pacing and leading” and “linguistic kill-shots”. This has irritated any number of people who don’t like being told that the hearty and free-willed American race is nothing but a collection of knobs waiting to be turned this way or that by the soft pink hands of political movers and moneyed shakers. But read Scott’s words and ask yourself: do you have a better explanation for how that tangerine-colored bamboozler has gotten this far?
As a fan of Scott Adams’ blog, I hereby offer my assessment of both faces of this intellectual Janus.
Scott Adams: The Hero
Scott Adams has declined to pick a side in the presidential race (hedging his bets, Adams’ recently, though unconvincingly, declared for Gary Johnson), but his fascination with Trump has infuriated many on both the left and the right who see Adams as an advocate for a budding fascist. Liberal websites such as Salon cite Adams’ “obvious hero worship” of Trump, while Erick Erickson, a steward of the conservative movement’s declining middlebrow wing, recently snark-tweeted to Adams: “I’m waiting for the guy who writes Dilbert to pen 5000 words on why this Access Hollywood tape is actually a brilliant thing for Trump.”
To those who wish to throw acid in Adams’ face, I say “don’t hate the player, hate the game.” Much of what this cartoonist has to say about Trump and his mesmeric appeal is upsetting because it rings true. November 8th is almost here, and while you are watching pages fall off your cartoon-a-day Dilbert calendar, hoping that Trump will fall to the *latest* deadly blow meant to destroy him (this week it is PussyGate and the now daily parade of Trump’s molested victims), you can’t help but notice that Trump is still polling gallingly high. It is easier to hate the man who seems to know why that is then to admit that our system is that fucked and Hillary is that shitty a candidate.
If Adams’ detractors would put down their brickbats for a moment, they would see the value of his analysis. Adams brings an interesting lens to this campaign, the lens of a man who gives less than half a crap about the candidates’ policies and simply considers the contenders as the popularity contest finalists they are. How did they get here? Why is it that half the population of the country is unconcerned that Trump probably doesn’t have the attention span to read to the end of a fortune cookie’s fortune? Adams realized well before you or I (or Jonah Goldberg or George Will or the Weekly Standard) that besides having a population of utterly unexceptional Americans to exploit, Trump also has an ace up his sleeve: skills.
Adams has had the temerity to recognize the persuasive power of a man who has hijacked a storied political party and turned it into his personal bouncy castle. He saw the genius of Trump labeling Jeb Bush as “low energy”, recognizes the subtlety with which Trump shifts gears, how he herds his followers like sheep while teaching them to love the taste of mutton, and how he turns his gaffes into free advertising gold.
Can one truly hate Adams when all he’s done is reveal Trump’s secrets to a gobsmacked public? I mean, Trump’s idiotic Great Wall of Mexico may sound like something that would come from the mouth of an Uzbek despot, but see it as a loud, brassy sales pitch and your wheels begin turning. Then it seems possible that Donald Trump is only saying something that no liberal will listen to at a conversational level, which is that maybe, maybe just MAYBE the USA has absorbed its fair share of Mexican immigrants over the decades with little to no pushback. Hell, I didn’t realize that Donald Trump could make any sense whatsoever until Scott Adams cracked the hexadecimals of Trump’s right wing Enigma code!
And Adams’ has even pointed out crucial missteps by the unloved and unlovely Hillary Clinton. For example: how her dumb campaign slogan “Love Trumps Hate”–clearly written by the wordsmith herself–is two thirds of the phrase “Love Trump”. And have you ever noticed that you can’t name a single thing Hillary plans to do as president, but can recite a dozen things Trump will do? Trump is sticky, and Adams knows why. If Hillary goes down in flames on November 8th, the desperate denizens of the Hillary Bubble will at least find that an autopsy has already been written for them.
So kudos to Scott Adams for pointing out that beneath Donald Trump’s brutish orange rind there are the thousand flashing LEDs of Lt. Commander Data’s superbrain, and that we were fools for not seeing it sooner. Trump isn’t a pig that learned to walk erect; he’s Good Will Hunting!
Scott Adams: The Dick
Did I say Good Will Hunting? I meant Rain Man.
Trump’s genius in this race has not been any spectacular gift at mental manipulation. He fell ass backwards into the truths that conservatism, the mythic shibboleth of the Republican Party for two generations, is entirely moribund, and that the race for the presidency, already a shallow spectacle, was ripe to be transformed into an outright television program. All one had to do to steal the show was abandon all dignity, statesmanship and pretense of intellect. Decades of groundwork by Roger Ailes and Rush Limbaugh had already rotted the thought processes of the Republican base. It only took Donald Trump, the Vandal with a heart of gold, to shatter his opponents’ remaining delusion: that anyone cared about their pedigrees.
Donald Trump, casino mogul, knows better than most that the world is full of rubes waiting to be fleeced, and his oversized personality, a combination of John Gotti and Richard Dawson, is a proven hit. Add to that the unexpected humility of a billionaire Narcissus willing to descend a golden escalator to enter the squared circle with Stone Cold Steve Austin, and buddy, how could this guy not shine like a supernova compared to ghouls like Ted Cruz?
To listen to Scott Adams, however, you would think that he had decoded Trump’s DNA and found that he’s the Fifth Element! In reality, Trump is only the biggest termite chewing up an already rotten log.
But while it is true that Adams is not an outright lickboot for Trump, and though he does provide a valuable service demystifying the man for the hair-pulling masses, you have to wonder: how can Adams write so often and in such depth about Donald Trump while never directly saying what he believes four years of a Trump presidency would mean for the very schlubs whose shoulders are bearing his litter?
As compelling as Adams’ analysis of Trump the Master Persuader is, Scott Adams himself seems to be in the thrall of the Maestro, and the cognitive dissonance he often spies in others is the timber in his own eye.
“For starters,” Adams tells us in August of 2015, at the beginning of his journey into the Heart of Trumpness, “Trump literally wrote the book on negotiating, called The Art of the Deal. So we know he is familiar with the finer points of persuasion.” Indeed, so persuasive is Trump that he has persuaded Adams to ignore the fact that said book was actually ghostwritten by a man who now calls Trump a sociopath with ADD. Does this stir Scott Adams’ conscience at all?
How about the apologia Adams has written regarding the women who have charged Trump with molestation? Adams concludes: “I doubt Trump ever leaned in to kiss anyone unless he interpreted their actions as willingness.”
Why? Why does he doubt these women who say exactly the opposite? Even Trump, in his now famous “Pussy Grabber” video, admits that he kisses first and asks for permission later. “And when you’re a star you can do it. You can do anything,” Trump reveals. This is what being a Master Persuader really is, from the mouth of the Master himself: star power plus Tic-Tacs equals “who’s gonna believe her over me?”
This would all be irrelevant if we could take Adams at his word that he is above questioning Trump’s character, since he is no less trapped than we are between voting for a Giant Douche over a Turd Sandwich (to quote South Park). But he is going to vote, right?
And when Adams actually cops to being moved by an issue, surprise! Trump is always the one with the right answer. Whether it is the “great deal” that Trump will offer the suicide cult of ISIS, or simply the prospect of Trump rescuing Adams from a post-mortem tax levy, one can scarcely escape the conclusion that Trump has dropped an anchor in Adam’s mind that will not be persuaded away.
“I have been trying to unhypnotize the country on this matter [Trump] for the past year,” Scott Adams writes in advance of the third and final debate. Then, in an exaggerated tribute to the persuasive talents of Hillary Clinton he tells us that
Clinton’s team of persuaders has caused half of the country to see Trump as a racist/sexist Hitler with a dangerous temperament…The majority of Trump supporters … just want change.
But for the sake of mere “change” Scott Adams appears to have inured himself to the endless erratic prevarications of Donald Trump, and surely the decades-long video record of Trump’s orcish attitudes towards women requires no elaboration on Hillary’s part.
Going into the home stretch, Scott Adams insists on standing aloof from the darker questions Trump’s ascension has raised, such as: why does Trump’s beautiful mind only have the power to persuade the mob? Why does he leave newspaper editorial boards reaching for the Lysol when he departs their interviews? And why have so many intelligent elected Republicans, desperate to reclaim the White House, instead sent up one signal flare after another that this man is catastrophe on legs?
Who’s really hypnotized here, buddy?
I don’t think Trump is Hitler. Hitler had a plan, and focus, and a party that wasn’t flying apart at the seams. But you can’t really blame Adams for not wanting to admit to his own leanings, given a climate where he is likened to Joseph Goebells merely for having an opinion. That comparison is unfair for two reasons: 1) fascists don’t have a sense of humor, and 2) fascists have convictions.
I wrote a graphic novel called Weapon Brown that makes Dilbert and other comic strip characters fun to read again! Why not check it out?
I didn’t know that anyone had even bought PEEK! from their comic shop, much less reviewed it, but what do you know? Greg Burgas at Comic Book Resources actually scribed a review of PEEK! when it came out earlier this year.
Greg doesn’t actually like PEEK!, but his review gave me a couple chuckles thanks to Greg’s lack of acquaintance with much of my work. He mistakes a comment I made in PEEK! about not appearing in MAD magazine more often as a lament for never having been published in MAD at all (I’ve been published by them on and off for years). He also mentions a scene of the Peeker “simultaneously puking and shitting in a bizarre infinity symbol,” which is actually funnier than what I had intended. But my favorite part of the review comes from Greg’s unfamiliarity with Clarissa, and the nature of her relationship with her father. This allows him to say of Daddy:
He’s as much a victim of the system as anyone and…he feels a great deal of pain that no one recognizes his contributions to the company he works for or the family he provides for.
(By the way Greg, I’m sorry you didn’t like the Mohammed cartoon, but hang on to it! It will be worth a fortune when ISIS bombs my booth at Comic-Con.)