Rep. Wilson slams Trump: How dare he?

Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) slammed President Trump for calling Omarosa Manigault Newman a "dog" in a tweet.

Posted: Aug 15, 2018 8:03 AM
Updated: Aug 15, 2018 8:31 AM

President Donald Trump on Tuesday referred to former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman as a "dog."

"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!" Trump tweeted.

Manigault Newman, an African-American woman, is currently on a massive publicity tour for her explosive book.

Now, Trump insulting and name-calling anyone -- from former staffers to opponents alike -- is nothing new. Whether he is shaming "Sloppy Steve" or "loser" Michael Wolff or using one of his most famous nicknames, "Crooked Hillary," Trump applies classic bully tactics to degrade and destroy the credibility of his so-called enemies, or really anyone who doesn't drink the Trump Kool-Aid.

It's different when he attacks people of color -- because to say that the president has a rocky history with race is putting it lightly at best. And as the country is reeling from explosive racial tensions from police brutality to alt-right rallies to the anniversary of Charlottesville, Trump still has not come out and boldly denounced white supremacy or racism. And in July, a Quinnipiac poll found that while 49% of Americans say they think Trump is racist, 47% do not.

But to call a woman of color a "dog," especially a former staff member of Trump's own White House, is so blatantly sexist and racist, that the entire question of whether Trump is either of those things needs to be concluded once and for all.

Those who study the history and science of human behavior have identified repeatedly the link between animal language and the tearing away of people's basic human rights. From pro-slavery propaganda comparing African Americans to monkeys to Nazi films portraying Jews as rats to Hutus calling Tutsis "cockroaches" during the Rwandan genocide, there is a documented connection between the use of animal terms and imagery and the dehumanizing of a racialized other.

And this isn't Trump's first time doing it, either. On the same day he called Manigault Newman a "dog," he also tweeted that the suspect in a London terrorist attack was an "animal." Recall as well his tweet warning that immigrants would "infest" the United States, as if they were vermin and not people.

Calling an African-American woman an animal is, as CNN's Veronica Stracqualursi aptly put it, "at best a sharp departure from the language typically employed by presidents and at worst a reference that traffics in sexual and racial imagery." Although Trump has also called both Mitt Romney and Steve Bannon dogs before, it is no secret that nothing quite sets Trump off like being clapped back at by a person of color. Remember when he referred to Rep. Maxine Waters as "low IQ" and called CNN's Don Lemon "dumb"?

Donald Trump has no shortage of insults for anyone, but for black people and women, Trump has a one-track mind. It is clear that when it comes to black athletes, black journalists and black members of Congress, it is their intelligence, and by extension their humanity, that Trump attacks.

So why are some of us still in denial about Trump's racism? Is this not the man who found "very fine people" on the side of neo-Nazis and who was sued in the 1970s for refusing to rent to black tenants? Why are we still in denial about Trump's sexism? Is this not the man who called women "pigs" and bragged about grabbing women by their genitalia?

It is insulting enough to have to hear and read Trump's blatantly racist and sexist comments. The very least we can do is stop pondering if we are really hearing and seeing what we are all witnessing: Trump is not racist or sexist. He is both. So to the 47% of Americans, mostly die-hard Trump supporters who say our president isn't racist, it's time to end that debate once and for all.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 319948

Reported Deaths: 7371
CountyCasesDeaths
DeSoto22285267
Hinds20719421
Harrison18431317
Rankin13901282
Jackson13718248
Madison10263224
Lee10059176
Jones8467167
Forrest7832153
Lauderdale7261242
Lowndes6517150
Lamar635188
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Washington5425137
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Oktibbeha466198
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Warren4440121
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Monroe4157135
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Hancock386987
Leflore3515125
Tate342486
Sunflower339491
Pike3371111
Alcorn327272
Scott320374
Yazoo314171
Adams308086
Itawamba305178
Copiah299966
Coahoma298784
Simpson298589
Tippah291968
Prentiss284161
Leake272074
Marion271280
Covington267283
Wayne264642
Grenada264087
George252251
Newton248663
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Winston230181
Jasper222148
Attala215073
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Holmes190474
Stone188433
Clay187954
Tallahatchie180041
Clarke178980
Calhoun174132
Yalobusha167840
Smith164134
Walthall135347
Greene131834
Lawrence131124
Montgomery128643
Noxubee128034
Perry127238
Amite126242
Carroll122330
Webster115032
Jefferson Davis108234
Tunica108127
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Humphreys97533
Kemper96629
Franklin85023
Quitman82216
Choctaw79118
Wilkinson69632
Jefferson66228
Sharkey50917
Issaquena1696
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 548657

Reported Deaths: 11306
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Jefferson810031566
Mobile42105831
Madison35690525
Tuscaloosa26173458
Shelby25607254
Montgomery25081614
Baldwin21868314
Lee16278176
Calhoun14719327
Morgan14629285
Etowah14175364
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Elmore10293214
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Walker7338280
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Jackson6932113
Colbert6413140
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Dale4928116
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Franklin431382
Covington4275122
Tallapoosa4138155
Escambia401680
Chambers3728124
Dallas3607158
Clarke353061
Marion3240107
Pike314378
Lawrence3133100
Winston283472
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Geneva257981
Marengo250565
Pickens236962
Barbour234559
Hale227278
Butler224271
Fayette218862
Henry194543
Randolph187544
Cherokee187345
Monroe180041
Washington170539
Macon163051
Clay160059
Crenshaw155957
Cleburne153444
Lamar146837
Lowndes142254
Wilcox126930
Bullock124342
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Coosa111729
Perry108626
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