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Responding to news that Omarosa Manigault Newman--the former White House staffer that Donald Trump hired --intended to blow the whistle on the goings-on at the White House in her new book, Trump, in a dog whistle to misogynists and racists, called her a "lowlife" and a "dog."
\u201cWhen you give a crazed, crying lowlife a break, and give her a job at the White House, I guess it just didn\u2019t work out. Good work by General Kelly for quickly firing that dog!\u201d— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1534246271
Manigault Newman, who rose to fame as a contestant on Trump's reality series The Apprentice, has been vocal about her former boss and his administration in the lead-up to the release of her book, Unhinged: An Insider Account of the Trump White House. She also revealed recently that she recorded the lengthy private session last September during which Trump's chief of staff, John Kelly, fired her.
It's not unusual for Trump to lash out at anyone who threatens to expose him. It's even less unusual for him to hurl insults at a woman and a person of color in language traditionally used to stereotype marginalized people. His repertoire of racist or misogynistic insults includes repeatedly referring to Sen. Elizabeth Warren as Pocahontas, implying that Megyn Kelly was having her period when she dared press him during a debate in the 2016 primaries, and accusing Morning Joe cohost Mika Brzezinski of "bleeding from the face" due to cosmetic surgery.
Trump's defense of white nationalists following last year's deadly Unite the Right rally coupled with referring to Colin Kaepernick, an NFL player who took the knee during the National Anthem (to protest police violence against people of color), as a "son of a bitch" is telling.
Just last week, Trump insulted two men of color in a single tweet when he called CNN's Don Lemon and NBA star LeBron James -- who'd just created a school for at-risk youth in Ohio -- "dumb."
But Trump's tweet about Manigault Newman is a new low -- calling a woman a "dog" is a way to demean a woman's appearance, as well as call her a bitch.
The level to which the man in the White House has stooped to insult those he perceives to have wronged him appears to have no bottom. And the outrage on Twitter was fast and furious. Here's how Trump's tweet was received by some:
\u201cOmarosa is NOT a \u201cdog.\u201d\n\nLebron James is NOT \u201cdumb.\u201d\n\nThe Media is NOT \u201cthe enemy.\u201d\n\nAfrican Nations are NOT \u201cshitholes.\u201d\n\nNFL Players are NOT \u201csons of bitches.\u201d\n\nNeo-Nazis are NOT \u201cvery fine people.\u201d\n\nDonald Trump is gaslighting and race-baiting America to cover up his crimes.\u201d— Ryan Knight \u262d\ud83d\udd4a (@Ryan Knight \u262d\ud83d\udd4a) 1534269619
\u201cI started my day seeing an American president take to social media to call a former White House aide, a black woman, a "lowlife" and a "dog."\n\nFOR THE MILLIONTH TIME: THIS IS NOT NORMAL. \n\nFOR THE MILLIONTH TIME: THE GOP OWNS THIS.\n\n#Omarosa\u201d— Peter Daou (@Peter Daou) 1534253904
\u201cNotice the pattern of Trump dehumanizing people of color - \u201canimals,\u201d \u201cinfest,\u201d \u201cinvade,\u201d \u201cdog\u201d - and insulting their intelligence \u201clow IQ,\u201d \u201cdumb,\u201d \u201clowlife.\u201d https://t.co/o0BAEBoFjf\u201d— Amy Siskind \ud83c\udff3\ufe0f\u200d\ud83c\udf08 (@Amy Siskind \ud83c\udff3\ufe0f\u200d\ud83c\udf08) 1534255303
\u201cBoy, it really makes it hard to believe Trump was talking out of character on the "grab them by the pussy" tape when he calls @OMAROSA a "dog," right?\u201d— David Corn (@David Corn) 1534260316
\u201cPredicted Sarah Sanders Response later today:\n\n"When President Trump used the N-word, what he really meant to say was N-wordn't, and when he called Omarosa a 'dog' this morning, he really meant to call her a dogn't. Next question please!"\u201d— Brian Krassenstein (@Brian Krassenstein) 1534269660
\u201cA sitting President embroiled in scandals, going after a private citizen on social media and through the courts, calling her deranged and a dog.\n\nAre we #MAGA, yet, America?\n\n#Omarosa\u201d— John Pavlovitz (@John Pavlovitz) 1534269067
\u201cWaiting for an n-word tape to confirm if Trump is racist is like checking the nutrition facts on bacon to see if it\u2019s meat\u201d— Lauren Duca (@Lauren Duca) 1534275339
\u201cThis kind of language is unbecoming of a President of the United States. There is no excuse for it, and Republicans should not be okay with it.\u201d— Jeff Flake (@Jeff Flake) 1534255797
\u201cTrump-logic 101:\n\nArgue that your morals prohibit you from using a derogatory word to describe African-Americans, by calling an African-American woman a \u201cdog\u201d.\u201d— Ana Navarro-C\u00e1rdenas (@Ana Navarro-C\u00e1rdenas) 1534256385
\u201cSeriously, I cannot believe that Trump has made me feel even an iota of solidarity and sympathy towards Omarosa. I need to take two aspirin and lie down.\u201d— Ana Navarro-C\u00e1rdenas (@Ana Navarro-C\u00e1rdenas) 1534271307
\u201cLet me be clear! Calling a Black woman a dog is unacceptable. This is a pattern. We saw it with the black football players moms. They were called sons of B*tches.\u201d— AprilDRyan (@AprilDRyan) 1534254738