My old buddy from graduate school, Larry Ford, sent me an email this morning and told me to check out Doonesbury. To my amazement, it features The No Asshole Rule, or as they call it "The No A------- Rule." Here is where you can go to see the complete cartoon. The cartoon does a great job of summarizing the main points of the book (see two frames above) and then it goes on to use the ideas in the book to rip Donald Trump a new asshole (see below).
In my book, Trump really does qualify as a certified asshole, as having achieved the lowest level a human can short of committing horrific crimes or something. His narcissism is something to behold. Listen to how often he uses the word "I" when he speaks about the buildings built by his company. He says things like "I built the Trump International Hotel and Tower." It sounds as if no one helped at all, it was all him, designing the building, putting it up, and so on.
Trump also loves to sue people, as that is what a rich bully does. And, as one lawyer I know well explained to me, there are an interesting group of people out there who sue others as a replacement for psychotherapy -- The Donald appears to be of this twisted ilk. In this vein, I was talking to a former editor of a rather famous publication a few months back and I asked him who was the biggest asshole he ever dealt with -- it took less than a second for him to name Trump. The editor then went on to tell me that, after his magazine published a piece on Trump, Trump called him and started screaming at him and told him that the lawsuit against the magazine was already being prepared. The former editor then asked Donald an interesting question: " Have you read the story?" The Donald said "No." After reading it, Trump decided not to sue.
A lovely human being, huh?
Well, I never thought The No Asshole Rule would make Doonesbury. And given my intense dislike of The Donald, I am delighted with how it appeared. Now, let's see if Trump already has his lawyers going after Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau because -- after all, that is what rich certified asshole would do!
P.S. This Doonesbury was apparently written before Trump withdrew from the race -- although now The Donald seems to be backpeddling a bit, saying he wouldn't completely rule it out.