On Tuesday, Donald Trump went on Twitter to blast his former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman, calling her a “lowlife” and a “dog.” Manigault Newman—currently promoting a tell-all, Unhinged, about her time working for the president—has said in recent days that she plans to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian collusion and also has released recordings of Trump’s chief of staff John Kelly firing her in the White House Situation Room.
“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,” Donald Trump tweeted. “Good work by General Kelly for quickly firing that dog!”
Shocking, certainly, but even more so: This isn’t the first time Donald Trump has referred to women as animals. Throughout his career, he’s hurled the “dog” insults at people he doesn’t agree with, and while his list includes a few men (Steve Bannon and Mitt Romney), it’s also stacked with women including journalist and entrepreneur Arianna Huffington (“…she is a dog who wrongfully comments on me”) and actress Kristen Stewart (“Robert Pattinson should not take back Kristen Stewart. She cheated on him like a dog & will do it again–just watch.”) Writer Gail Collins also once claimed that Trump wrote “The Face of a Dog!” over her picture after seeing a column he thought unflattering.
Trump has also repeatedly called women pigs and commented on their looks. During the first Republican debate, moderator Megyn Kelly commented, “You’ve called women you don’t like fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals. Your Twitter account …” Trump interrupted to say, to laughter, “Only Rosie O’Donnell.” (He’d said O’Donnell was a “big, fat pig,” a “disgusting pig” and a “real loser” after a disagreement they had in 2006). The women whose physical appearances he’s judged ranges from his former political rival Carly Fiorina and Morning Joe host Mika Brzezinski to celebrities like Heidi Klum and Angelina Jolie. And let’s not forget the time he was caught on a 2005 hot mic saying he could grab women “by the pussy.”
Trump’s disrespectful cracks and hostility against women may be nothing new, but many critics quickly pointed out that calling Newman a dog could also read as racially charged. The insult comes after Trump has attacked other women of color, including Maxine Waters, whom he has referred to as having a low IQ. It also seemed to add fuel to Newman’s allegations that she’s heard tape of the president using the N-word while he was on his former reality show ,The Apprentice, on which Newman competed in 2004.
Trump denied the allegations in a series of tweets on Monday, writing, “.@MarkBurnettTV called to say that there are NO TAPES of the Apprentice where I used such a terrible and disgusting word as attributed by Wacky and Deranged Omarosa. I don’t have that word in my vocabulary and never have. She made it up. Look at her MANY recent quotes saying….such wonderful and powerful things about me – a true Champion of Civil Rights – until she got fired. Omarosa had Zero credibility with the Media (they didn’t want interviews) when she worked in the White House. Now that she says bad about me, they will talk to her. Fake News!”