Dilbert explains Donald Trump

Dilbert explains Donald Trump
Image: Scott Adams

Can Donald Trump possibly win the presidency? For months Scott Adams was asking if Mr. Trump could possibly lose. Mr. Adams now believes the answer to the latter question is yes—although, unlike most professional pundits, he hasn’t written off the Republican nominee. And while he speculates Mr. Trump may have a tendency toward “self-sabotage,” he attributes Hillary Clinton’s strong performance in recent polls mostly to her campaign’s improvements rather than to Mr. Trump’s missteps.

Mr. Adams, 59, is best known as the creator of the popular Dilbert comic strip, a daily send-up of corporate culture. So why should anyone take a cartoonist’s amateur political analysis seriously? Because Mr. Adams’s unorthodox approach led him to take Mr. Trump seriously when the professionals were still scoffing.

“The moment I realized there was something special was during the first debate,” he tells me over coffee in the kitchen of his spacious suburban home. “It was the Rosie O’Donnell moment.” Moderator Megyn Kelly had confronted Mr. Trump with the key premise of what Mr. Adams calls “a gotcha question of the highest order”: “You’ve called women you don’t like ‘fat pigs,’ ‘dogs,’ ‘slobs,’ and ‘disgusting animals.’ ”

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