President Trump on Tuesday added his former White House aide, Omarosa Manigault Newman, to the growing list of African-Americans he has publicly denigrated on Twitter, calling her “that dog” and a “crazed, crying lowlife” in the wake of her allegations against him of mental deterioration and racism. Even for a president who consistently takes to Twitter to assail his adversaries, the morning tweet about Ms. Manigault Newman was a remarkably crude use of the presidential bully pulpit to disparage a minority woman who once served at the highest levels in his White House. The tweet reprised Mr. Trump’s repeated use of the term “dog” as a way of dehumanizing critics. It was the latest reminder that the president is more than willing to question the looks and intelligence of African-Americans who challenge him.
via nytimes: Trump’s ‘That Dog’ Attack on Omarosa Manigault Newman Is Latest Insult Aimed at Black People
siehe auch: Dog Days: Trump and His Toxic Twitter Insults of Omarosa. The fired White House aide has made the President so angry that he’s back to using a favorite campaign-trail insult. The President of the United States called someone a “dog” on Twitter Tuesday morning, another first for his debasement of Presidential rhetoric. It is, sadly, not a surprise. “Dog” has long been one of Trump’s favorite Twitter insults, and he is the first President in more than a hundred years not to have a dog as a pet in the White House. (Trump once told his biographer Tim O’Brien that he considered all animals “germy.”) A more or less complete list of those he has attacked with this label, just since his entry into national politics in 2015, includes: Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican Presidential nominee, who “choked like a dog”; David Gregory, the former host of “Meet the Press,” “fired like a dog!”; Chuck Todd, Gregory’s replacement as “Meet the Press” host, “who will be fired like a dog”; Ted Cruz, Trump’s 2016 Republican primary opponent, who “lies like a dog—over and over again”; Ted Cruz’s former communications director, “fired like a dog”; Brent Bozell, the conservative columnist at National Review, who “came to my office begging for money like a dog”; Erick Erickson, the anti-Trump conservative blogger, “fired like a dog”; Glenn Beck, the former Fox TV host, also “fired like a dog”; George Will, the conservative Washington Post columnist, “thrown off ABC like a dog!”; and Arianna Huffington, the liberal Web site founder, “a dog who wrongfully comments on me.” But all of those tweets, as intemperate as they were, were made before Trump actually became the President. Yes, he complained last October that the Tennessee Senator Bob Corker, one of his few remaining public critics in the Republican Party, could no longer get elected “dog catcher.” And Trump has hurled playground taunts at a breathtakingly long line of targets during his eighteen months in office, from African-American football players to the Prime Minister of Canada. But, for whatever reason, Trump had restrained himself from using what is clearly one of his favorite insults until 7:31 on Tuesday morning: “When you give a crazed, crying lowlife a break, and give her a job at the White House, I guess it just didn’t work out. Good work by General Kelly for quickly firing that dog!” The precipitating cause of the President’s Twitter rant was the betrayal by his former television protégée turned White House adviser, Omarosa Manigault-Newman, whose new memoir, “Unhinged,” recounts scenes of Trump White House madness throughout his troubled first year in office. In the course of her book tour, Manigault-Newman has revealed, on live television, what she says are secretly taped conversations with Trump and White House chief of staff John Kelly as he was firing her in the White House Situation Room. The accusations seem to have stunned Trump, who first called her a “lowlife” during a Presidential photo op on Friday (very likely another first in the annals of rhetorical taboos broken by the 45th president), and who seemed to believe that she, like his legions of other fired and forced out former aides, would remain silent under the terms of the legally dubious non-disclosure agreements they have been forced to sign. The tweet exploded like a bomb on Twitter, where many immediately labeled it as racist and sexist (and noted that it came after Manigault-Newman alleged that there were recordings of Trump using the N-word during tapings of his “Apprentice” TV show). Trump has undoubtedly been on an awful recent streak of insulting African-Americans who dare to oppose him, from calling Don Lemon, a black CNN anchor, “the dumbest man on television” to questioning the intelligence of the NBA star LeBron James and the Democratic congresswoman Maxine Waters. And so, once again, we are left with a public debate over just how low Trump has sunk: until now, Trump has used the Twitter insult “dog” to demean primarily white men. What did he mean by applying it to an African-American woman? Was he being racist, sexist, some toxic combination of the two? Or merely horrible?