- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 27, 2016

“Dilbert” creator and commentary writer Scott Adams seized upon the #Hillbullies Twitter hashtag Thursday to declare that Hillary Clinton supporters could start a third world war.

“#Hillbullies could cause WW3,” Mr. Adams tweeted to his 88,000 followers. “#Hillbullies have not yet noticed that their leader turned them into the thing they hate most. Her hypnosis is strong. #Trump.”

“I know that #Hillbullies always attack the messenger, not the message,” he wrote.

In a blog post Wednesday on Dilbert.com, Mr. Adams explained that he endorsed Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, “primarily as a protest to the bullying culture of Clinton supporters.”

“I don’t like bullies. And I don’t like that Clinton is turning citizens against each other,” he wrote. “Yes, Trump is a bully, but he’s offering to provide that service on behalf of the country. When leaders do it, we call it leadership. (Think LBJ or Steve Jobs.)”

In a post Tuesday announcing his endorsement of Mr. Trump, the cartoonist charged that the common trait that binds Mrs. Clinton’s supporters together is bullying.

“If you have a Trump sign in your lawn, they will steal it. If you have a Trump bumper sticker, they will deface your car. If you speak of Trump at work you could get fired,” he wrote. “Team Clinton has succeeded in perpetuating one of the greatest evils I have seen in my lifetime. Her side has branded Trump supporters (40%+ of voters) as Nazis, sexists, homophobes, racists, and a few other fighting words.

“Yes, yes, I realize Trump supporters say bad things about Clinton supporters too,” he continued. “I don’t defend the bad apples on either side. I’ll just point out that Trump’s message is about uniting all Americans under one flag. The Clinton message is that some Americans are good people and the other 40% are some form of deplorables, deserving of shame, vandalism, punishing taxation, and violence. She has literally turned Americans on each other. It is hard for me to imagine a worse thing for a presidential candidate to do.

“I endorse Donald Trump for President of the United States because I oppose bullying in all its forms,” he wrote. “Today I put Trump’s odds of winning in a landslide back to 98%.”

Mr. Adams, who has repeatedly lauded Mr. Trump’s persuasion skills, gave a halfhearted endorsement of Mrs. Clinton in June, saying he feared that her supporters might otherwise try to murder him.

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,” he wrote at the time. “So I’m taking the safe way out and endorsing Hillary Clinton for president.”

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