The media has been unnecessarily focused on whether President Donald Trump is a sexist or a racist for calling former White House aide Omarosa Manigault “a dog,” in a tweet after she claimed to have tapes where he used the n-word.
But what if they’re asking the wrong question? Trump uses the word “dog” as an insult quite frequently, as noted by Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro. He’s used it against Mitt Romney, David Gregory, Bill Maher, Erick Erickson, George Will, David Axelrod, Glenn Beck, Chuck Todd, Brent Bozell, Ted Cruz… to name a few. His most common use of the word is to claim someone was “fired like a dog.” I’m not sure how many working dogs he knows, but I don’t know if they’re fired in any particularly special way.
The bigger question seems to be why Trump thinks “dog” is such an insult? Does he hate dogs? Was he bitten by one as a child? Is he allergic? Is it because he hates germs? Has he ever even met a dog? These are the questions intrepid journalists should be asking, instead of focusing on things like national security.
Oh? Someone has been looking into this, you say? Who? Brian Williams? Yeah, that makes sense.
On a segment during his MSNBC program, Williams asked Washington Post reporter Philip Rucker: “Does this president really, physically, not like dogs?”
Rucker responded by pointing out that Trump is “the first president in more than 100 years who has not had a dog as a pet in the White House,” and noted that the president’s first wife, Ivana, had a dog who didn’t seem to like Trump. Then Williams got into the real journalism:
“We launched an extensive web search that took us at least a few minutes and could only find one photo in all the land of Donald Trump with a dog.”
Williams speculated that, maybe, this was all due to the fact that Trump is a “germaphobe.”
Rucker, for his part, praised dogs and compared Trump to Nazis during the Holocaust.
Williams managed to further embarrass himself when it was discovered, probably from even more minutes of web searching, that there are more photos of Trump with dogs in “the land,” as noted by The Reagan Battalion on Twitter.
Note: I’m totally not serious about wondering if Trump likes dogs or not, but Williams seemed to be. Also, in case you’re wondering, Trump has never called someone a “cat” as an insult. So there’s that.