US POLITICS

Dilbert Creator Bails On Trump

Scott Adams, once a staunch Trump advocate, is now backing Gary Johnson for president

US POLITICS
REUTERS
Oct 08, 2016 at 6:14 PM ET

The #TrumpTapes scandal is certainly taking its toll on the Republican nominee’s flailing campaign. Many GOP members bailed on Trump following the fallout from a ruthlessly misogynist recording from 2005 published by the Washington Post on Friday, with only the hardcore faithful taking to Twitter to announce their continued loyalty. But now, even one of the most outspoken Donald devotees has switched sides. That’s right: Dilbert creator Scott Adams has withdrawn his Trump endorsement in favor of Gary Johnson, the Libertarian nominee for president.

Adams, who launched his popular office-centric comic strip in 1989, recently became an emphatic political blogger and alt-right personality. Many of his posts have dealt with the Trump campaign. But although Adams’ endorsement for Trump came late — it took him until the end of September to formally announce it — he has since been one of the staunchest supporters of the New York real estate mogul’s bid for the presidency.

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But now, the man who members of Trump’s troll army once dubbed the “super-savage based prophet” has announced to the world that he is no longer riding the Trump train. In response to a Twitter user who uses the handle @dakkster, Adams confirmed that he is now backing Johnson for president.

Adams had earlier made his position known on his Dilbert blog. In a numerical list of his thoughts on the 2005 tape recording, which featured Trump and “Today” co-host Billy Bush making sexist and misogynistic comments about women, Adams detailed his Johnson stance in point number 12. “I hereby change my endorsement from Trump to Gary Johnson, just to get out of the blast zone,” he wrote. “Others will be ‘parking’ their vote with Johnson the same way. The ‘shy Trump supporter’ demographic just tripled.”

But while Trump will undoubtedly miss this crucial endorsement, Adams maintained his optimism about The Donald’s chances this November. “My prediction of a 98% chance of Trump winning stays the same,” he wrote.