Dilbert Creator Scott Adams Explains Why He Switched His Endorsement To Trump

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Authored by Dilbert Creator Scott Adams via Dilbert.com,

As most of you know, I had been endorsing Hillary Clinton for president, for my personal safety, because I live in California. It isn’t safe to be a Trump supporter where I live. And it’s bad for business too. But recently I switched my endorsement to Trump, and I owe you an explanation. So here it goes...

1. Things I Don’t Know: There are many things I don’t know. For example, I don’t know the best way to defeat ISIS. Neither do you. I don’t know the best way to negotiate trade policies. Neither do you. I don’t know the best tax policy to lift all boats. Neither do you. My opinion on abortion is that men should follow the lead of women on that topic because doing so produces the most credible laws. So on most political topics, I don’t know enough to make a decision. Neither do you, but you probably think you do.


Given the uncertainty about each candidate – at least in my own mind – I have been saying I am not smart enough to know who would be the best president. That neutrality changed when Clinton proposed raising estate taxes. I understand that issue and I view it as robbery by government.


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2. Confiscation of Property: Clinton proposed a new top Estate Tax of 65% on people with net worth over $500 million. Her website goes to great length to obscure the actual policy details, including the fact that taxes would increase on lower value estates as well. See the total lack of transparency here, where the text simply refers to going back to 2009 rates. It is clear that the intent of the page is to mislead, not inform.


So don’t fall for the claim that Clinton has plenty of policy details on her website. She does, but it is organized to mislead, not to inform. That’s far worse than having no details.


The bottom line is that under Clinton’s plan, estate taxes would be higher for anyone with estates over $5 million(ish). I call this a confiscation tax because income taxes have already been paid on this money. In my case, a dollar I earn today will be taxed at about 50% by various government entities, collectively. With Clinton’s plan, my remaining 50 cents will be taxed again at 50% when I die. So the government would take 75% of my earnings from now on.


Yes, I can do clever things with trusts to avoid estate taxes. But that is just welfare for lawyers. If the impact of the estate tax is nothing but higher fees for my attorney, and hassle for me, that isn’t good news either.


You can argue whether an estate tax is fair or unfair, but fairness is an argument for idiots and children. Fairness isn’t an objective quality of the universe. I oppose the estate tax because I was born to modest means and worked 7-days a week for most of my life to be in my current position. (I’m working today, Sunday, as per usual.) And I don’t want to give 75% of my earnings to the government. (Would you?)


3. Party or Wake: It seems to me that Trump supporters are planning for the world’s biggest party on election night whereas Clinton supporters seem to be preparing for a funeral. I want to be invited to the event that doesn’t involve crying and moving to Canada. (This issue isn’t my biggest reason.)


4. Clinton’s Health: To my untrained eyes and ears, Hillary Clinton doesn’t look sufficiently healthy – mentally or otherwise – to be leading the country. If you disagree, take a look at the now-famous “Why aren’t I 50 points ahead” video clip. Likewise, Bill Clinton seems to be in bad shape too, and Hillary wouldn’t be much use to the country if she is taking care of a dying husband on the side.


5. Pacing and Leading: Trump always takes the extreme position on matters of safety and security for the country, even if those positions are unconstitutional, impractical, evil, or something that the military would refuse to do. Normal people see this as a dangerous situation. Trained persuaders like me see this as something called pacing and leading. Trump “paces” the public – meaning he matches them in their emotional state, and then some. He does that with his extreme responses on immigration, fighting ISIS, stop-and-frisk, etc. Once Trump has established himself as the biggest bad-ass on the topic, he is free to “lead,” which we see him do by softening his deportation stand, limiting his stop-and-frisk comment to Chicago, reversing his first answer on penalties for abortion, and so on. If you are not trained in persuasion, Trump look scary. If you understand pacing and leading, you might see him as the safest candidate who has ever gotten this close to the presidency. That’s how I see him.


So when Clinton supporters ask me how I could support a “fascist,” the answer is that he isn’t one. Clinton’s team, with the help of Godzilla, have effectively persuaded the public to see Trump as scary. The persuasion works because Trump’s “pacing” system is not obvious to the public. They see his “first offers” as evidence of evil. They are not. They are technique.


And being chummy with Putin is more likely to keep us safe, whether you find that distasteful or not. Clinton wants to insult Putin into doing what we want. That approach seems dangerous as hell to me.


6. Persuasion: Economies are driven by psychology. If you expect things to go well tomorrow, you invest today, which causes things to go well tomorrow, as long as others are doing the same. The best kind of president for managing the psychology of citizens – and therefore the economy – is a trained persuader. You can call that persuader a con man, a snake oil salesman, a carnival barker, or full of shit. It’s all persuasion. And Trump simply does it better than I have ever seen anyone do it.


The battle with ISIS is also a persuasion problem. The entire purpose of military action against ISIS is to persuade them to stop, not to kill every single one of them. We need military-grade persuasion to get at the root of the problem. Trump understands persuasion, so he is likely to put more emphasis in that area.


Most of the job of president is persuasion. Presidents don’t need to understand policy minutia. They need to listen to experts and then help sell the best expert solutions to the public. Trump sells better than anyone you have ever seen, even if you haven’t personally bought into him yet. You can’t deny his persuasion talents that have gotten him this far.

In summary, I don’t understand the policy details and implications of most of either Trump’s or Clinton’s proposed ideas. Neither do you. But I do understand persuasion.

I also understand when the government is planning to confiscate the majority of my assets.

And I can also distinguish between a deeply unhealthy person and a healthy person, even though I have no medical training. (So can you.)

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Scott will be live streaming his viewing of the debate Monday night, with co-host and neighbor, Kristina Basham. Tune your television to the debate and use your phone or iPad with the Periscope app, and look for him at @ScottAdamsSays.

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wee-weed up's picture

But who is Wally for? Wally's my hero.

JRobby's picture

Because Hillary represents a maelstrom of death? 

Dental Floss Tycoon's picture



Why should we care what an admitted know nothing thinks?



oops's picture

The USG explains HOW it switched its allegiance from We The People to IsraHell.

BuddyEffed's picture

Persuasion is not an input to an economy.  Energy (oil, coal, natural gas) and iron, copper, aluminum, silver, gold, wood, and farmed foods, etc. are really huge inputs to the economy.   You can't persuade the extraction or consumption process.    Persuasion?  What total BS and a delusion on Scott's part.   But what makes Scott dangerous is that he's trying to influence weak minded people who don't understand how the real world works.  And then he crassly keeps insulting the readers, claiming their ignorance.    First he claims his own ignorance with statments like "I don't understand...".  Then he tells you that you are ignorant like him, "but neither do you".  And then in spite of claiming his own ignorance, all of a sudden he claims insight into something but with no qualifications for insight "And I can also distinguish between a deeply unhealthy person and a healthy person, even though I have no medical training. (So can you.) " 

If Scott isn't already on meds, maybe he needs to be.  Or maybe he needs microagression therapy.

The snake in the Garden of Eden had persuasion powers.  Where did that proverbially get us?   And Judas was persuaded by 30 pieces of silver as the story goes.  Persuasion is total BS and a practically useless and manipulative personality trait.  Deep understanding of engineering and mathematical principles is what our country and corporations need.


PT's picture

... and Trump is an idiot that just accidentally became the Republican candidate running for Prez and Adams is an idiot that just got lucky with his call that Trump wins by a landslide (whoops.  Too soon.  Anything can happen but the point is, did that look likely last year???) so I guess both Trump and Adams are just really luck idiots.  Or perhaps there really is something to this persuasion stuff after all.

Yes, I really do wish I could agree with the second last sentence in your comment but how is that working out for you?

Morons "just get lucky" because the rest of the world are also morons???  Engineer that.  I think you'll end up with a BS "science" of "Persuasion".  Some of Scott's stuff is quite bizarre, but I can not write it off when it appears to work.

deimosaffair's picture

even tough i recognize my ignorance, nobody can persuade me that you're not an idiot.


crawl  back to your politically correct, micro agressive decontaminated safe asshole, so you can keep looking in the mirror and saying you're an healthy individual, until disease and common sense eat your brains inside out

adanata's picture


Talk about a totally self-involved twit. He can figure out the tax part but God forbid he should try to understand policy issues.  His thinking has merit only in so much as he represents the essentially brain dead public and it is instructive to be aware of how they think... although we already knew, it is good to be reminded so we don't expect too much from them.

Manthong's picture

Oh, thank you Jesus…
I was worried about a guy who I have pretty much worshipped all of my corporate engineering life.


He has been saved.

Manthong's picture


I understand the drill.

If you need perimeter protection, just give a shout out.

Manthong's picture

Thanks again Hairy Thunderer or Cosmic Muffin...

Scott, I know you are not into the religious thing big time, ... but WTF......




Maybe we could all use a little bit of "Churchin' Up".



PT's picture


It sounds like you never read Scott's "endorsement" of Hillary either.  You should.


I like his cartoons and his books better than his blog.  His blog can be bizarre.  Sometimes his blog is written as if he had never read his own books.

In his blog he takes pains to say he's voting for neither, and don't take political ( or medical ) advice from a cartoonist.  He was calling a Trump landslide a year ago and has been explaining why every step of the way and every step of the way he has given the reminder - just treat the whole exercise as light entertainment.  Does what he say match what is happening?

Actually, this particular entry is the ONLY time Scott has mentioned policy as a motivation for doing anything.  Every other post over the last year has concentrated PURELY on what is happening from the point of view of Persuasion techniques.

PT's picture

And in case you can't be bothered clicking on that link:

"So I’ve decided to endorse Hillary Clinton for President, for my personal safety. Trump supporters don’t have any bad feelings about patriotic Americans such as myself, so I’ll be safe from that crowd. But Clinton supporters have convinced me – and here I am being 100% serious – that my safety is at risk if I am seen as supportive of Trump. So I’m taking the safe way out and endorsing Hillary Clinton for president.

As I have often said, I have no psychic powers and I don’t know which candidate would be the best president. But I do know which outcome is most likely to get me killed by my fellow citizens. So for safety reason, I’m on team Clinton."

but it really is better to read the whole thing.

Manthong's picture

I hate to say it but “men should follow the lead of women on that topic because doing so produces the most credible laws”.

Yep.. it is up to women to civilize men.. except if the state take total control, they are just meat.

Pure Evil's picture

If women did a better job governing then Sweden and Germany would be Utopia and not rapefugee hell holes.

Manthong's picture

I beg to differ…

Merkel prolly has a bunch of Stasi testosterone injections left in her.

Pure Evil's picture

So, you're saying that set of balls hanging from her chin doesn't belong to Soros?

Manthong's picture

geez... everybody knows that is where her oral cavity is permently parked.

rocknrollinhoneybadger's picture

Sore-ass always did like his balls fondled by subhumans.

rocknrollinhoneybadger's picture

Sore-ass always did like his balls fondled by subhumans.

SilverBird's picture

You forget about Thatcher and Meier. Plus Marine LePen is what France needs.

Nunya Bidness Gogl's picture

The 19th Amendment was the beginning of the end. Once women can vote, they start voting for all this muh feels shit that makes no sense whatsoever if you think about it rationally, like welfare, etc. Generalizing here of course, but most women are emotional and not rational. That is why they make terrible leaders. Look at any work team or family run by a woman, it will often be a cluster F. Like HR depatrments. Now look where we are today as a society. Look at that picture of all the dumb chicks taking selfies with Killery, that says it all, that is the ultimate outcome of the 19th Amendment.

SilverBird's picture

All the proof anyone needs of emotional overload is how you idiots act at sports events. I should tell you "Nunya", I know a hell of a lot of everybody, but no biological females who fit your retaded description. Are you sure those things around you aren't trannies? Real women sure don't act that way, unless they're retarded.

SilverBird's picture

Edit needs a delete- system here not working so great. Spawng dupes.

Syrin's picture

I'm glad this asshole saw the light, but he's wrong on a bunch of accounts.   We do know the best tax plans and economic policies.   There is actual objective historic data.   Then there is daily observation that all our desolate wastelands have been in democrat control for decades.   Memphis, Detroit, Chicago, Baltimore, etc.  I also know that abortion is murder.   If the woman does NOTHING, we get a living human being.   When she intervenes, we have no human life.   It's pretty fucking basic.   This asshole probaly has trouble figuring out whether a person with XY chromosomes in every cell and a dick is a man or woman.   Fucking shithead.  

Things that go bump's picture

Women have always had pregnancy termination as an option. The methods have been available for millenia and are widely known. It's not difficult to do and even more modern options then the traditional plant extracts and rough surgery if that fails are available to us now. There have been instructions on how to make a simple vacuum extractor and its use on the internet for some time. We'll just go back to the time-honored tradition of simply not telling you guys about it. Of course, it's true that the mortality rate for girls in trouble will go up somewhat, maybe even precipitously, if they are denied medical care, but of course, it serves them right. 

Multi's picture

There is a point, early in the gestation period, where a fetus is not a human being.

If you disagree with what I just said, you'll be implying that a zygote (i.e. a fertilized ovum, or ONE cell so you know) is a human being. Which is a pretty radical point of view in my opinion.

So if you agree with me, all we have to figure out is where to draw the line. Or, a what point of the gestation period abortion should be allowed. If you ask me, to the bare minimum, mental activity is the basic prerequisite for any human or animal life. I'm not even talking about cognitive processes (i.e. perception, reasoning, acquire knowledge, and son on), I'm talking about jut the presence of brain activity. Then:

"Functional maturity of the cerebral cortex is suggested by fetal and neonatal electroencephalographic patterns...First, intermittent electroencephalograpic bursts in both cerebral hemispheres are first seen at 20 weeks gestation; they become sustained at 22 weeks and bilaterally synchronous at 26 to 27 weeks." (http://www.svss-uspda.ch/pdf/brain_waves.pdf)

20 weeks is 5 months into the gestation period.

FreshOutaSumfinForNufin's picture

Sorry Multi, the second spermazoa penetrate the ovum there is life.  What's more that life has unique DNA that is distinct from the mother or father.  This unique entity is not owned by its location anymore than you can be property of the state or country you live in.  The argument that the developing unique entity is not a human parallels the argument that black people weren't human and could be owned.  Your same group of people (liberals) had to be defeated by bloodshed to get you to stop stealing people's labor.  What will it take to get you to stop stealing people's lives?

SilverBird's picture

No, most women HAVEN'T. Just the smart ones. The dumb ones have info like the dangerous garbage you just posted and most of them who've tried it likely hemmoraged to death. Since when does anybody believe anything they read online? Can you imagine sticking an electrical appliance in ANY cavity for any reason and the range of possibilites for irreversable damage? DAMN!

PT's picture

Syrin re "I'm glad this asshole saw the light" :

Perhaps if you read the reason for his "endorsement" you wouldn't make comments that make you appear to be an idiot.  Plus you missed out on a bit of light entertainment.

Hint 1:  He always took great pains to continually repeat that he was voting for neither, that he didn't know who would be a good Prez, you should make up your own mind, this Blog is for entertainment purposes only etc and he is looking at the election PURELY through the "lens of persuasion" while ignoring everything else.
Hint 2:  He made it clear that he was NEVER going to vote for Hillary, he was only "endorsing" her for his own protection.

Read.  Learn.  Be entertained, even if only a little bit.


Hint 3:  By not understanding what he said, you have made yourself guilty of the same ignorance of which he accuses the Hillary supporters in the above link.

Tallest Skil's picture

Is anyone really stupid enough to think that he ever actually endorsed Hillary? Is that how retarded we as a society are at this point (of course it is; we allowed the Federal Reserve, 16th, 17th, and 19th amendments to pass)?

He was fucking JOKING, and he did it to get liberals to stop sending him death threats (since they're too stupid to comprehend satire).

PT's picture

Coming to think of it, he really set the tone in the first sentence:  "As most of you know, I had been endorsing Hillary Clinton for president, for my personal safety, because I live in California."  Did no-one notice that???

Silver Bug's picture

How could you not switch your endorsement to Trump? Hillarys policies would destroy what little remains of our wealth. Good work Scott. 



PT's picture

You never read his "endorsement" either, did you?
It's late in the day so I don't mind repeating myself.  Please try to keep up:


BabaLooey's picture

I avoid people that are for Hillary like the I do people that are sick.

Like SHE is - has been - and always will be.

Stan522's picture

 In over 8 years, I have avoided people driving with obama stickers on their bumper. I pass them up... ALWAYS. Same with Hillary. Because they are so gullible, I presume they are simply stupid people who don't pay attention, which gives me fear it transitions into how they drive a car....

Never One Roach's picture

I avoid Obama people too esp the ones who knockout punch and assault others, block mall entrances and/or lay across interestates. That really irritates me.

FreshOutaSumfinForNufin's picture

I would grow fangs and drool if one of them laid down in the road in front of me...da-duump, rrrt, da-duump, rrrt, da-duump rrrrrtttt!!!!!

Creepy Ass Crackers's picture

It's easy to pass them since they're always driving a Prius

Big Corked Boots's picture

I usually cut them off.

A rusty F250 is its own self defense.

Ralph Spoilsport's picture

I have a beat up F250 too. The Linux penguin sticker on the back window confuses people.

Georgiabelle's picture

I give a wide berth to anyone with an Obama/Biden or Hillary bumper sticker since they clearly have very poor judgement. One day I was stuck in the Starbucks drive through line behind a woman with both an Obama/Biden and a COEXIST bumper sticker. Her transaction took an inordinate amount of time, with several discussions with the barista and multiple card/cash transfers. When she finally drove off the male barista apologized for the long wait, shaking his head and rolling his eyes as he explained that she kept changing her order and screwing up the payment. I replied "no worries, I could tell from her bumper stickers she's an idiot." He laughed, but in an uneasy way. His bumper is probably similarly adorned. 


FreshOutaSumfinForNufin's picture

As an employer, I just avoid hiring them.  I've put up with enough dumbass, commie fucking idiots for one lifetime.  I watch after an interview to see as they're leaving to see if they have an Obama, Hillary, or just a lot of-bumber (sic) stickers.  I say to myself, "Thanks for the tip dipshit" and make a nice red D on their resume.  I nearly lost my company before I learned that trick.  Things are going much better now and those idiots got to stay on the plantation, which is what they really want in the end now isn't it?

August's picture

>>>sick... Like SHE is - has been - and always will be.

I wish Hillary a very long life for that reason (though one completely removed from political power).

Looking at this sad excuse for a "human being", I figure the longer she lives the more miserable she'll be.

And thanks, Scott;  the gag about President Hillary being distracted by "caring for" a declining Bill Clinton was a real thigh-slapper.

Debt-Is-Not-Money's picture

"I figure the longer she lives the more miserable she'll be."

Wrong - The longer she lives the more miserable we'll be - as she just won't leave us the fuck alone!

I hope and pray that she dies on live TV tonight (like Rodale (RIP) did on the Carson show years ago), assuming it's not her 'body double'.

Seth_Rich's picture

I am switching to Trump cuz "She Shot My Ass"!

Jack Mehoff IV's picture

I know many people that live in areas where they dont publically support Trump but will vote for him. I'm guessing this is a trend in lots of areas around the country. at least I hope...