“F*CK THE WALL.”
The Washington Times opinion editor Charlie Hurt tried to argue on Fox News Tuesday that President Donald Trump calling Omarosa Manigault Newman a “dog” was meant as a compliment rather than an insult.
The discussion revolved around performances at Monday’s MTV Video Music Awards making fun of President Trump. Most notably, the rapper logic performed a showstopper blatantly criticizing Trump’s immigration policy. Logic was wearing a t-shirt with a print saying: “F*CK THE WALL.”
Hurt and others on the panel criticized the event for showing disrespect to the president. But political commentator Marie Harf argued that it’s hypocritical to demand respect for a president who calls other people dogs, referencing Trump’s recent Twitter attacks against former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman.
Hurt came out in Trump’s defense, trying to spin the president’s vituperations into a compliment.
Why: To people on the left (and even for a number of thinkers on the right), the impenetrable circle of support around the president increasingly resembles a personality cult, wherein the only politics is conflated with a constant, unequivocal apologia for Trump, down to his nastiest utterances.
Here’s the play-by-play:
Harf: “Look, Donald Trump says incredibly offensive things. Suddenly we want standards for everybody else but not the president, who calls women dogs.”
Hurt, however, defended Trump: “I really think ‘dog’ is a compliment. If you called me ‘my dog’ I’d…”
Host Eric Shawn, however, wasn’t having it and quickly shut Hurt down: “No, no. That’s not a compliment, Charlie.”