On Scott Adams And Why Donald Trump Supporters Are Compared To Nazis
It’s getting more and more difficult to recognize American culture these days. Not too long ago, I would have thought it safe to presume that almost all Americans shared some basic, simple values. For example, Americans might disagree about things like tax policy, but we could all agree that Adolf Hitler was a terrible leader, and Nazism was a terrible stain on the history that must never be repeated – or so I would have presumed.
The presidential candidacy of Donald Trump has ripped apart the illusion that Americans all share basic democratic values, and oppose the racist nationalism of Adolf Hitler. Donald Trump is being compared to Hitler by world leaders, public figures, and just plain folks at an astonishing rate. What’s more, these comparisons are taking note of specific behavioral and policy parallels. They aren’t like the simple, ridiculous “Feminazi” taunts commonly offered by the likes of Rush Limbaugh.
People like cartoonist Scott Adams are busy delivering stern lectures that Americans must stop comparing Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler because… somehow… warning that a presidential candidate is behaving in ways that are eerily similar to the most destructive dictator in human history is irresponsible.
Scott Adams claims to be an expert in the science of human persuasion – he has drawn a lot of cartoons, after all – and so declares on television with an air of authority that, when Donald Trump had his booking agents reach out to the top white supremacist radio host in the entire nation, an associate of KKK Grand Wizard David Duke, Trump wasn’t really trying to send a signal of allegiance to the KKK.
One might shrug off the vigorous opposition of Scott Adams to comparisons between Trump and Hitler as merely the odd obsession of a semi-celebrity, if it weren’t for the fact that evidence of strong ideological and behavioral parallels between the pro-Trump movement and the Nazi movement are right in front of his face, every time Adams logs in to his Twitter account. Every time Scott Adams offers a defense of Trump, insisting that it’s somehow silly or indecent to compare Trump and Hitler, right wing Trump supporters swarm in to support Adams with tweets like this:
Yes, that actually says, “You… can feel the White Tidal Wave building, and just in the nick of time” along with the anti-Hispanic racist slur #NoWetBacks.
You might think that, well, Scott Adams is a busy man, what with having to draw cartoons and everything. So, maybe he didn’t see the clear parallel to Nazi ideology displayed by that one white supremacist Trump supporter cheering on a tidal wave of White America that will clean out all the “wetbacks” once Trump gets in the White House.
But then there was this other supporter of Adams and Trump, who tweeted this for Adams to see, declaring that Hitler is cool:
“Hitler was much cooler than almost anyone he gets compared to”? Right there, in the midst of that, is the twitter account of Scott Adams, linked as hypertext so that Adams can see quite plainly what is going on. Scott Adams didn’t contradict the racist rant.
Oh, but maybe he just didn’t happen to see that one tweet. There was this other pro-Trump American Nazi chatting with Scott Adams at the same time, though:
“Hitler did a great deal of good for Germany. I hope Trump is the same,” says this one. How would Scott Adams have just happened to overlook that comment? Let’s presume he did.
It would have been very difficult for Scott Adams to just happen not to see any of those tweets being made in a chat he participated in, and to have missed this charming pair as well:
“What is wrong with being like Hitler?? Did I miss something?” says this fan of Scott Adams and Donald Trump, saying that liberals “just hate White people organizing in their own best interests?”
This agenda of this particular neoNazi supporter of Donald Trump was made quite plain when he wrote, elsewhere on Twitter, “When Whites unite in solidarity, the misfits and losers all have to go back under their rocks. Back to their closets.” The similarity of this kind of idea and the ideas promoted by Adolf Hitler and his Nazi followers is as obvious as a gigantic flashing neon sign, and it’s available, right in public, right along with a huge number of other plainly pro-Nazi messages from Trump supporters.
These comments aren’t just present in the Twitter feed of Scott Adams. They are all over the Internet, as in the case of an Irregular Times reader who wrote petulantly this morning to complain that we are unfairly singling Adolf Hitler as a bad guy, “One wonders why the National Socialist Hitler is the devil.”
It isn’t just on the Internet, of course. Donald Trump’s Nazi-like declarations of intent to execute prisoners en masse, to commit torture, to force the military to violate the law, to put Muslims in internment camps, force them to wear IDs and prevent them from traveling freely are well known. So are the common acts of violence at Trump rallies, encouraged by Trump himself, as at the rally yesterday where Trump supporter John McGraw of Linden, North Carolina lunged at an African-American and punched him in the face, to the cheers of the crowd. Maybe they deserve to get roughed up, Trump tells journalists, and he’d like to punch some people in the face himself.
How can Scott Adams ignore these things, and pretend that it’s just silly to draw analogies between the neoNazis Trump is relying upon and the original Nazis that so many Americans fought to defeat?
If Scott Adams is really an expert in the science of human persuasion, he must have noticed that a strong theme in the 2016 presidential election is that digital culture holds people responsible for what they do with their social media accounts. It’s one thing for someone like Scott Adams to pretend that, golly, he just doesn’t see any connection between the movement to elect Donald Trump President of the United States and the rise of the Nazi Party in the early 1930s. It is another thing for Scott Adams to make such denials when actually, on Twitter, he’s been encountering a large number of right wing racist extremists who seem intent on inflicting a very clearly pro-Nazi racist agenda upon the United States, using Trump as their standard bearer.
It’s time for Scott Adams to come clean, and address the American Nazis that are swarming around his social media account and the presidential campaign of Donald Trump. It’s time for him to admit that the comparisons between Trump supporters and the Nazis have become unavoidable, and that the parallels need to be discussed.
Instead of doing that, Scott Adams has been praising a reader’s admiration for the way that Donald Trump has stood up to people who call him a racist: “I feel fear for your candidacy and our country. Every charge of racist, sexist, facist, etc. causes me to worry that no one, not even you, can really change the country for the better. That we’re doomed to failure… Then… inevitably… you win the battle. You don’t ‘survive’, or ‘endure’… you attack, and put fear into your opponents. You don’t stop until they are buried under your feet.”
I can’t think of a better description of the spirit of fascism.
Scott Adams claims that the racism he worries about is not the African-Americans and Hispanics being beaten up by Donald Trump’s supporters. No, Adams says that it’s the people who compare Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler who are the racists.
I wish I were making this up. Here’s what Scott Adams wrote this morning: “Can we agree that calling the candidate with German ancestry ‘Hitler’ is racist? It sure feels that way to me. I’m about half German, same as Trump. And it feels like a racial insult to me.”
The cartoon strip Dilbert has all of a sudden taken on a more sinister tone.
Mr. Adams, I am myself about half German, same as you, and I do not regard it as racist in any way for people to compare Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler. For one thing, people aren’t saying that Donald Trump is acting like a Nazi because he has some German ancestry. People are pointing specifically to what Donald Trump says and does, and to what Trump supporters say and do.
I happen to be friends with someone who is not just of completely German ancestry, but actually is German. He was born in Germany. He is a citizen of Germany. He has told me many times that he is worried that Donald Trump is acting in a similar way to Adolf Hitler during his rise to become The Fuhrer. He believes that Germans have a special responsibility to be on the watch for Hitler-like demagogues, and counts Trump as one of these demagogues.
The Foreign Minister of Germany warns that Donald Trump is part of a “politics of fear”, while a newspaper in Frankfurt accuses Trump of being “the leader of an authoritarian movement full of hatred”. “Doesn’t America know how dangerous he is?” asks a young German woman in Hamburg.
Please, Mr. Adams, don’t hide the neoNazi activity among your pro-Trump fans, and then expect us to believe that you and Donald Trump, are the true victims of racism.
It’s not what a Master Persuader would do.
Postscript: In an ironic twist, it turns out that Scott Adams called people at the web site The Gawker “Nazi wannabes” a few years ago. The reason? They criticized him for his outlandish sexist and racist comments.
In the weird world of Scott Adams, calling someone a Nazi because they disagree with you is okay. He just can’t stand it, though, when people compare Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler, because of his connection to neoNazis and zeal for persecution of minorities, mass execution, support of torture, aggressive warfare, mass deportations, incarceration camps and widespread religious discrimination.
It seems that Scott Adams has been drawing cartoons for so long that he has finally become one.