If you thought “The Apprentice” made for interesting viewing, this season of “The White House” is giving it a run for its money.
Except, of course, it’s no television show — it’s real life.
Over the past week, the drama that seems to follow President Donald Trump wherever he goes reached new levels after Trump used unflattering language to describe former “Apprentice” contestant and disgraced White House staff member Omarosa Manigault Newman.
In a fiery tweet posted on Tuesday, Trump called Manigault-Newman a “lowlife” and a “dog,” with the latter description sending the mainstream media into a collective tizzy.
“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!” wrote the president.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 14, 2018
Critics quickly slammed Trump for using that last word, and many pundits insinuated that it was racist.
Actor James Woods, however, had a very different take. Responding to the controversy late Tuesday night, he pointed out that the word “dog” might be applied to Omarosa Manigault Newman after all.
Now, we try to refrain from profanity and typically censor bad language. Woods’ tweet was so cutting — and this controversy so talked about — that our editorial management gave permission to re-post the actor’s words. You can judge the accuracy of the tweet for yourself.
Warning: Rough Language
As you all know, I’m a stickler for using proper grammar and syntax. There has been much discussion in the past few days about a woman being called a “dog.” Fortunately Wikipedia elucidates the correct terminology in this regard (any etiquette involved is another matter)… pic.twitter.com/aBrznvHCLY
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) August 15, 2018
Let’s be clear: We don’t condone this edgy tweet. But cheeky as it is, the post raises an interesting point. Trump may have chosen the word “dog” in order to avoid using a much cruder description … the one that starts with a “B.”
The reality is that adults sometimes use harsh language to get a point across. This by itself isn’t racist or sexist — and if you have any doubt, remember that Omarosa Manigault Newman actually called herself the B-word in the past.
Yes, the media seems to have forgotten that the same woman proudly referred to herself as a “b*tch” in her own book.
Long before Manigault Newman’s “Unhinged” became the temporary talk of Washington, her book “The B*tch Switch” was published in 2008 and featured Omarosa’s face — looking particularly intense — on its cover:
Then there’s the fact that Trump has used the term “dog” to refer to nearly a dozen different people, including men and women, no matter their race.
One of the most recent was Steve Bannon, who — like Manigault Newman — was unceremoniously dropped as an adviser after speaking badly about the president to an unscrupulous author.
“Michael Wolff is a total loser who made up stories in order to sell this really boring and untruthful book. He used Sloppy Steve Bannon, who cried when he got fired and begged for his job. Now Sloppy Steve has been dumped like a dog by almost everyone. Too bad!” Trump posted in January.
Michael Wolff is a total loser who made up stories in order to sell this really boring and untruthful book. He used Sloppy Steve Bannon, who cried when he got fired and begged for his job. Now Sloppy Steve has been dumped like a dog by almost everyone. Too bad! https://t.co/mEeUhk5ZV9
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2018
It should be noted that Bannon was a former friend of Trump and is, if you look closely, very white. In other words, it appears “dog” is Trump’s go-to word for people he feels have betrayed him, and is not being used in a racist or even sexist way.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 17, 2015
Does that make it acceptable to use? Not necessarily.
But it does deflate the one-sided narrative being pushed right now … and there is much more to this story than the mainstream media is reporting.
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