In a 2018 interview with The Los Angeles Times, Barbra Streisand, cuddling one of her cloned dogs, asked the question that many of us had been grappling with:
“How does the president not have a dog? He’s the first president in 120 years that doesn’t have a dog in the White House.”
I wonder if Trump is that rare human being who really dislikes dogs. Since William McKinley‘s administration, which began in 1897, every President has had a dog in the White House. The tradition of presidential dogs has become such a thing that when dopey Scott Walker, then the Republican Governor of Wisconsin, ran for president in 2016, his allergy to dog dander was considered a liability. But like so many other norms, Trump had to ruin that too.
At his recent Nuremberg rally in El Paso, he claimed that he doesn’t have a dog because getting one would seem “phony”, and that his followers love him just the way he is. Plus, he said he doesn’t have time for a dog. He is too busy with his “executive time” and riding around in a golf cart.
Joe Biden, the former veep and our president-elect and his wife Dr. Jill Biden, adopted a rescue dog named Major in autumn 2019 after fostering him for months. The German shepherd puppy and his five siblings had been dropped off at the Delaware Humane Association.
Biden saw a story about them on social media and he “reached out immediately” about welcoming one of the dogs into his home. After spending time with Major, the Bidens decided to make him a permanent part of their family. Biden love Major so much, he kisses him on the head.
Ivana Trump, the first of Trump’s three pretty wives, wrote in her memoir, Raising Trump (2017):
“Donald was not a dog fan.”
In the book she writes that he did briefly live with Chappy, her poodle, after she told him:
“It’s me and Chappy or no one, but it didn’t go too well. Whenever he got near my closet, Chappy would bark at him territorially.”
For decades, Trump has charmingly been calling people “dogs” who he perceives as problematic: human barnacle Stephen K. Bannon was “dumped like a dog by almost everyone”. Mitt Romney (who once strapped a dog to the top of his car) “choked like a dog” during the 2012 presidential election. Conservative radio host Glenn Beck, U.S. Army General Stanley A. McChrystal, reporter David Gregory, were all “fired like a dog”, even though dogs don’t usually to have jobs. Other people who have been called dogs include Rosie O’Donnell, former Barack Obama adviser David Axelrod and former The Apprentice star and disgraced White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman. After disparaging Manigault Newman as untrustworthy and incapable, Trump lashed out, tweeting:
“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!”
About the employees at a Carrier factory in Indiana who had been fired in 2016, the mango-hued grifter tweeted:
“We’re not going to let companies leave our country without there being consequences. As an example, when Carrier left and they left 1,400 people, those 1,400 people many of them followed me all over Indiana. They love Trump, because I’m the only one that spoke their language. They were fired like dogs.”
Of journalist Arianna Huffington, he tweeted:
“She is unattractive both inside and out. Because she is a dog who wrongfully comments on me.”
At a February 2019 El Paso hate festival, the president told a crowd of deplorables:
“How would I look walking a dog on the White House lawn? I don’t know…I don’t feel good. It feels a little phony, phony to me.”