I’ve said many times that I wish President Trump would think twice before hitting the “Send” button on Twitter. Even as someone who generally agrees with his policies, I often wince at the unpresidential language (I liken it to the culture shock from the language I encountered as an Arkansas-bred Baptist the first time I visited New York City.) But if you’re going to criticize Trump’s tweets, at least do it honestly and criticize him for what he actually said.
Example: his recent blast at turncoat former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman in which he referred to her as a “dog.” I certainly understand his anger, but if he thinks she’s a dog, he should remember that when you lower yourself to get into a dogfight, all you end up with is fleas. So that was unfortunate enough without some in the media making the stretch that the term dog was racist and/or sexist. As this link shows, Trump has previously used the word “dog” to describe a number of people he was feuding with, mostly white males, including Mitt Romney, Bill Maher, David Gregory, George Will, rapper Mac Miller, Michael Wolff, David Alexrod and the list goes on and on. It’s obviously not racist or sexist, it’s just Trump-ist.
In fact, if anyone should be offended at being compared to politicians and media celebrities, it’s dogs. Why slander dogs? Harry Truman said if you want a friend in Washington, get a dog, and I assure you he meant a real dog. Dogs are selfless and noble creatures. Trump would have been much better off giving that White House job to an actual dog than to Omarosa. The dog would have been hard-working, fiercely loyal for life and never bitten the hand that feeds it.
It also probably would have done a better job.