Scott Adams may well be right about Trump

He said Fox News had apologised and asked him to change his mind at the last minute.
Mr Trump said: “I have to go a step further and say that Fox has been extremely nice in the last number of hours. They called a few minutes ago. Can you come over? I say, hasn’t it already started?
“They’ve been very nice and wanted me to go, and apologised and everything. But once this started, it’s for our vets, there was nothing I could do. For me personally is it a good thing? A bad thing? Will I get more votes? Who the hell knows but it’s for the vets.”

Masterly trolling there.

To repeat my own idea. Trump is, above all, a masterly salesman. Seriously good at it. I’m not all that bad myself actually. And the trick is always to find out what it is that your mark wants to buy: then say that’s what you’re selling them. And Trump’s managed that with a goodly portion of the Republican base.

Whether he can continue, whether he can do it with the general population…..

The implication of this if course that he doesn’t believe a word of what he’s saying it, Well, when he says it, yes, because a salesman has to. But 30 seconds afterwards? Nope.

21 thoughts on “Scott Adams may well be right about Trump”

  1. This is troubling. A salesman is in it for the commission… which he will spend on having a lovely time with no great detriment to the rest of us.

    What the fuck does Trump want?

    Bush was dumb, but surrounded by people who could compensate because daddy and the establishment were in the background (for better or worse).. Trump is nuts.. and he’d be able to surround himself with whoever the fuck he wants.

  2. Shrub wasn’t dumb (says the guy with a poster of his mis-spokes), he was playing “folksy”. America really is a different country.

  3. So Much For Subtlety

    Well, when he says it, yes, because a salesman has to. But 30 seconds afterwards? Nope.

    The question is whether he is like Blair – that is, he believes it himself at the time. Or whether he is like Bill Clinton – who clearly doesn’t believe it at all but says it to get elected.

    I think we would be better off with a Clinton-style liar than a Blair-style one.

  4. He’s a brilliant salesman. Adams gets it.

    And the trick is always to find out what it is that your mark wants to buy: then say that’s what you’re selling them

    Pace Tim, that’s not (all of) what salesmanship is about. Might not even be the most important thing. After all, you usually find out quickly what the customer wants (and if that’s all there is to it, why aren’t the other candidates doing it?) – the real question, in a competitive market with many suppliers, is why should he buy from you?

    And Tim was probably being tongue-in-cheek here, but if you think of your customers as “marks”, you’re not going to have a long and happy career in sales.

    What does Trump want?

    Who knows? Sometimes people mean what they say though, so maybe Trump wants to make Ameriva great again.

    Maybe he looked at the assorted dweebs, cucks and shills running for Prez and thought “I’m better than these guys.”

  5. @SE

    I don’t think the US is different in that regard – Blair and his glottal stops, Miliband and his embarrassing two kitchens.

    Trump is a terrible liar and I wouldn’t trust him as far as I could throw him, but one thing he doesn’t do is try to pretend he’s a common man, money-wise. People like that – he’s not (obviously) taking them for fools.

    BTW you’re absolutely right, Bush is no fool. I know people who spent a fair bit of time with him and they say his ability to pick things up and analyse them was very good. Trouble is, he’s a politician.

  6. I think Trump must be a Democrat Hillchurian Candidate. There’s no other explanation (though I think he may have gone rogue, and be no longer responding to his handlers).

    Any half-decent Republican would clean up against Clinton and Sanders.

  7. I think Trump must be a Democrat Hillchurian Candidate. There’s no other explanation

    He could also be a cyborg sent from the future, where the evil sentient machines have perfected the techniques to mimic human beings – except for the hair.

  8. I like that idea Steve. It also occurred to me that he’s a character in our own VR Matrix, put there for amusement. (He is actually very funny to watch.)

  9. The funny thing is how the establishment types (Republican and Democrat) were laughing at him and calling him a clown, now he’s their main target.

    I’m reminded of a book I read about the fall of France in 1940. The media were heavily censored, of course, and no hint of the disasters at Sedan and elsewhere were allowed to get through. Then one day the papers ran a story to boost morale about a successful but limited counter attack at Saint-Quentin, about 100km NE of Paris. And suddenly people thought “Jesus, the Germans are as close as Saint-Quentin?”

  10. Rob – first they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, and then you make America one of your ex-wives.

    Interested – he’s hilarious, I don’t think America has seen a natural showman like him since P.T. Barnum.

    I mean that in the best possible way – I’ve watched a couple of his rallies on Youtube and the guy oozes good-humoured swagger. He has the sort of cocky, mischievous alpha-maleness that reminds me of Muhammad Ali’s famous interview with Parky.

    The other candidates are looking like bewildered, bedraggled refugees from Hurricane Trump.

  11. It’s funny how people always complain that politicians are all the same. Here is a guy who gets it, who tells the media to go fuck themselves either by using them or shunning them, and people call him nuts or whatever.

    In which universe could he actually be worse than a brown, Obama or hollande? Really.

  12. If he sees off Killery or Sanders of the (Potomac) River he will have done sterling service.

    I think he is dodgy–but my opinion of him has changed for the better lately because loads of scum on both sides are trying to sink him.

  13. @monoi

    ‘It’s funny how people always complain that politicians are all the same. Here is a guy who gets it, who tells the media to go fuck themselves either by using them or shunning them, and people call him nuts or whatever.’

    Don’t get me wrong, I love the way he tells them all to fuck off. I am so over politicians’ bulshit.

    What I don’t like about him is he is left wing on a number of issues. But then, I don’t think he actually knows what he thinks and it’s an open question (to me) whether he’s trolling the Repubs or the Dems.

    @Steve

    I know – I sit watching his youtube vids almost pissing myself. My wife doesn’t seem to get it.

  14. BTW you’re absolutely right, Bush is no fool. I know people who spent a fair bit of time with him and they say his ability to pick things up and analyse them was very good.

    And John Lewis Gaddis said he’d yet to meet a president who had read more history, and understood more history, than George W. Bush. Not that this stopped deeply unintelligent lefties deriding him as thick anyway.

  15. Not that this stopped deeply unintelligent lefties deriding him as thick anyway.

    Deeply unintelligent lefties said the same about Reagan.

  16. Deeply unintelligent lefties said the same about Reagan.

    True, and these same lefties swoon over the oh-so-clever Obama when he reads something off a teleprompter. Usually something about himself.

  17. It’s not so much that the lefties are actually “deeply unintelligent”, although some of them are.

    It’s more that they are so convinced of the righteousness of their particular segment of the absurd leftist worldview that they must insist, to deny the nagging voices of doubt, that anybody with a differing view is either an idiot or a shill.

    You think they are nasty about people on the right? As with many (intellectually) inbred tribes, they are much worse about traitors within their own midst.

  18. “The Donald” is, to my astonishment, starting to look like a serious contender. I wonder that he will walk all over hillary, that she has no mechanism to cope with him.

    If he becomes the next president, then i quote Steve

    guy oozes good-humoured swagger. He has the sort of cocky, mischievous alpha-maleness that reminds me of Muhammad Ali’s famous interview with Parky.

  19. Bit late for this reply but Trump’s no alpha. He’s a prick who can’t take it at all when he gets the piss taken out of him. If he gets the nomination they’ll murder him and his ego will be his undoing.

    He’s still very funny though.

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