If you thought the act of getting a family dog was something above politics you were wrong. Last week a tweet theorizing that “white people love dogs so much because deep down they miss owning slaves” went viral.
As absurd as that was, it seemed the reaction to the tweet was mostly negative. Most people, especially those with dogs, recognize that people who have dogs see them as part of their families. We miss them when we leave the house and we’re happy to return home to them. We’ll spend a lot of money to keep them healthy, and we’re devastated when they pass away.
Unfortunately, while it seems most people laughed off the aforementioned viral tweet, too many people piled on the criticism of Ivanka Trump for giving her daughter a puppy.
Meet Winter, Arabella’s birthday dream come true and the newest member of the Kushner family! 😍 pic.twitter.com/Y1cHTvnBGm
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) July 21, 2019
According to Newsweek, “Some Twitter users interpreted Trump’s present to her eight-year-old daughter Arabella Rose Kushner as a sign the senior White House adviser prefers whiteness, like her father President Donald Trump has been accused of preferring.”
“The dog will fit right in. #itswhiteenough,” Claude Taylor, who worked on ex-President Bill Clinton’s 1992 and 1996 campaigns and as White House volunteers director, tweeted on Saturday.
“An all white dog,” another Twitter user tweeted that day. “Shocking.”
American actress and comedian Yvette Nicole Brown, who is African-American, replied to Ivanka Trump’s tweet Saturday: “Good thing it’s a white dog. Your dad hates the blacks.”
American actress Nancy Lee Grahn tweeted, “How darling. I see you skipped a rescue and went straight to an Aryan breeder.”
“Does it sit and sieg heil yet?” Grahn asked, referring to a victory salute at political rallies used by Nazis.
A former member of the alternative rock band Marcy Playground, Jared Kotler, attacked Ivanka Trump’s White House role and contributions to the country.
“Pro tip: when everyone hates you for being a spoon fed nothing grifter who’s full of s***, an advisor to the president who doesn’t advise, when you want to seem human and get a dog, maybe a shelter dog would show humanity,” Kotler, a television producer, tweeted. “But all white and blue eyes is on brand. F*** off.”
Apparently white people either get dogs because they miss slavery, or because they’re demonstrating white supremacy. This is what Trump Derangement Syndrome has come to, as it seems when George W. Bush got a Scottish Terrier named Barney while he was in the White House, or a second one named Miss Beazley, I don’t recall anyone suggesting any racial motive, positive or negative, for owning two all black dogs.
Apparently, people have become so invested in identity politics since the Obama years that the color of a dog has now become a point of mockery. Trump has even been called out for not getting a White House dog like his predecessors. One HuffPost contributor wrote in April 2017, “In addition to being a soul-sucking blowhard, there’s a distinct possibility that Trump lacks a dictator’s most basic humanizing factor, a shared love for man’s best friend.”
In other words, if your name is Trump, whether you get a dog or not, you’ll do it wrong according to the left. There’s just no way to win with liberals who have gone cuckoo with Trump Derangement Syndrome.
Matt Margolis is the author of the bestselling book The Worst President in History: The Legacy of Barack Obama. His new book, Trumping Obama: How President Trump Saved Us From Barack Obama’s Legacy, will be published on July 30, 2019. You can follow Matt on Twitter @MattMargolis