Forget the alleged quid pro quo with Ukraine, Trump has a new controversy on his hands which might actually succeed in getting him impeached: referring to the hero dog Conan, who took part in and was injured during the al-Baghdadi raid, with male pronouns.
Conan, a Belgian Malinois, was at the White House for a ceremony honoring her role in last month’s raid when Trump made the unforgivable error.
Very important correction to my earlier poll reports. Conan The Dog is a very good girl. pic.twitter.com/jWv82ox0MJ
— Hunter Walker (@hunterw) November 25, 2019
Naturally, the mix-up launched a lot of social media buzz, with people posting photos of Conan and noting the situation on the dog’s underside.
As comforting as it is that people are acknowledging the biological reality of the presence of certain sex organs and how that correlates to gender, the amount of digital ink and time spent on this rather simple mistake seems excessive.
For starters, I was originally shocked to learn the name of the dog was Conan because Conan is a male name—or at least generally it is. Of course, in my experience, people generally assume dogs to be boys. I have a beagle-bulldog mix named Zuzu, and people who meet her have been incorrectly referring to her as a boy for eight years. “What his name?” “How old is he?” “What breed is he?” etc. etc. Even people who have known her for years occasionally slip and use male pronouns.
Nevertheless, the innocuous mix-up with Conan was fodder for the media and social media alike.
So Apparently There's Some Confusion About Conan the Hero Dog's Gender https://t.co/wQbqnhR3KK
— Mediaite (@Mediaite) November 25, 2019
I advocated using the word 'sex' instead of 'gender' in this headline but alas was not successful.
Down, boy: how Trump and Conan got embroiled in dog gender controversy https://t.co/9SgxrwCwSJ
— Martin Pengelly (@MartinPengelly) November 26, 2019
Sorry about that boy….girl….boy. Canine gender mixup. WH now says Conan the hero dog is a boy, after first identifying him as a girl. Who's a good boy? pic.twitter.com/hjhSkj1KSJ
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) November 25, 2019
"I love this dog," said Trump, gushing that Conan is "so brilliant, so smart.” https://t.co/wWuBeAmooq
— MarketWatch (@MarketWatch) November 25, 2019
The White House is a hot mess. An absolute hot mess pic.twitter.com/f6qckDSftm
— Dave Brown (@dave_brown24) November 25, 2019
Trump on Conan the Dog: "You're very lucky HE is not in a bad mood today, Jeff."
Conan is a female. He can't even get the gender of a dog correct. pic.twitter.com/cAavWZReB8
— Kerry 😈 (@KerrrryC) November 25, 2019
Aren’t you glad there’s nothing better to get worked up about?
There are, of course, a large number of tweets mocking Trump for getting Conan’s gender wrong. They never asked whether Conan identifies as a male and simply hasn’t started to transition yet. Shame on them for assuming gender!