More and more, we see the very people that Donald Trump is speaking about becoming more and more violent against his supporters. Aggressive crowds form to taunt and attack those who are supporting the GOP presidential candidate. In fact, last week, we saw Trump protesters assaulting police, beating Trump supporters and throwing eggs. However, the creator of Dilbert comic strip, Scott Adams, is saying that the media’s portrayal of Trump as Hitler will likely lead to his assassination.
Adams writes, “The media, the public, and the other candidates – are creating a situation that is deeply dangerous for Trump… I put the odds of an attempted assassination at about 25% before November.”
“At least half of the media believes Trump is the next Hitler, and a Hitler assassination would be morally justified. Also great for ratings,” he added. “There would be no smoking gun. No guilt. No repercussions. Just better ratings and bonuses all around.”
This past week we saw Clinton pair the idea of President Trump with nuclear disaster, racism, Hitler, the Holocaust, and whatever else makes you tremble in fear.
That is good persuasion if you can pull it off because fear is a strong motivator. It is also a sharp pivot from Clinton’s prior approach of talking about her mastery of policy details, her experience, and her gender. Trump took her so-called “woman card” and turned it into a liability. So Clinton wisely pivoted. Her new scare tactics are solid-gold persuasion. I wouldn’t be surprised if you see Clinton’s numbers versus Trump improve in June, at least temporarily, until Trump finds a counter-move.
The only downside I can see to the new approach is that it is likely to trigger a race war in the United States. And I would be a top-ten assassination target in that scenario because once you define Trump as Hitler, you also give citizens moral permission to kill him. And obviously it would be okay to kill anyone who actively supports a genocidal dictator, including anyone who wrote about his persuasion skills in positive terms. (I’m called an “apologist” on Twitter, or sometimes just Joseph Goebbels).
If Clinton successfully pairs Trump with Hitler in your mind – as she is doing – and loses anyway, about a quarter of the country will think it is morally justified to assassinate their own leader. I too would feel that way if an actual Hitler came to power in this country. I would join the resistance and try to take out the Hitler-like leader. You should do the same. No one wants an actual President Hitler.
Then, in an almost joking manner, Adams adds, “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 reasons, I’m on team Clinton.”
In other words, he knows that supporters of Clinton are far more dangerous than those who support Trump.
While I’ve heard from a lot of people in comparisons to Adolf Hitler, I do know that Clinton continues to openly support the holocaust of millions of Americans under abortion procedures, while Trump sort of moves back and forth on the issue, even though he claims to be pro-life.
If there is a comparison to Hitler, it is there, and in the promotion of National Socialism, Clinton definitely leads there, and frankly, Trump has bits of socialism in his agenda too. This should not lead to assassination, but with Americans being pitted against each other over two people, who knows what lies ahead.