President Trump calling his former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman a “dog” is tainted in racist and sexist imagery, believes Anushay Hossain of CNN. De-humanizing language like this has often been used against people of color, particularly in America’s slave-owning past. Minorities have often been compared to animals, from monkeys to rats to cockroaches. It also fits a pattern in Trump's behavior, of reserving some of his most disparaging comments for black people. Athletes, a member of Congress and a journalist, all of whom are black, have all had their intelligence insulted by him. According to a Quinnipiac poll, 49% of the country believes he’s racist.
While indecent, President Trump calling Omarosa Manigault Newman, his former aide, a “dog” was not racist in itself, holds Emily Jashinsky of the Washington Examiner. What matters in this conversation is that Trump uses the “dog” insult against many people he doesn’t like, irrespective of ethnicity. He used the term “fired like a dog” against David Gregory, Erick Erickson, Ted Cruz, Chuck Todd, Bill Maher and Glenn Beck. Mitt Romney, Hosni Mubarak and Steve Bannon are also among his dog-insult victims, none of whom were black. His tweet against Omarosa fits a pattern of using rude language to describe people he doesn’t like, but not one of racism.