- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 7, 2016

“Dilbert” creator and commentary writer Scott Adams gave a halfhearted endorsement of Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton, saying he fears her supporters might otherwise try to murder him.

“I’ve decided to come off the sidelines and endorse a candidate for President of the United States,” the 58-year-old cartoonist wrote on his popular blog Sunday night, a day before the Associated Press reported that Mrs. Clinton reached the number of delegates needed to clinch the Democratic nomination. “I’ve decided to endorse Hillary Clinton for President, for my personal safety.”

Mr. Adams, who has previously lauded Mr. Trump for his persuasion skills, explained that Mrs. Clinton’s supporters have “convinced” him that his safety would be at risk if he was viewed as supportive of Mr. Trump.

“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,” Mr. Adams wrote. “Her new scare tactics are solid-gold persuasion.

“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,” he explained. “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).

“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,” Mr. Adams argued. “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,” he wrote. “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.”

Mr. Adams said he’s sticking by his prediction that Mr. Trump will win in a “landslide” because of his “superior” persuasion skills.

“But don’t blame me for anything President Trump does in office because I endorse Clinton,” he added. “The rest of you are on your own. Good luck.”

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