It’s well-known that Donald Trump is not popular with celebrities (well, except Kanye West), and the feeling seems to be mutual. In the last two years alone, Trump has feuded with Michael Moore, Chrissy Teigan, and Meryl Streep, with Seth Macfarlane writing an op-ed in 2016 explaining why Hollywood’s biggest stars refuse to align themselves with the President.
One of Trump’s biggest detractors is legendary horror author Stephen King, who came to the defense of former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman this week after Trump called her a “dog” on Twitter. The offensive tweet was in response to Manigault Newman’s new memoir ‘Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House,’ in which she accused the President of using racial slurs, amongst other things.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 14, 2018
Unsurprisingly, people were disgusted that the President would call a women a “dog”
Ladies and gentleman that is the President of the United States, your commander and chief calling a woman a dog! What an excellent example he sets for the rest of the world.
— curly locks 77 (@curlylocks77) August 14, 2018
— Joe Coduto (@codutojac) August 14, 2018
And King was one of them
The President of the United States called a woman a DOG. Let me repeat that: he called her a DOG. Have we gotten so numb to Trump’s ugly, demeaning talk that this means nothing? You might like her, you might not, but to call her a DOG?
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) August 15, 2018
And as a Twitter user pointed out, this isn’t the first time, and it’s not just females
People Trump has called a dog on Twitter:
-The New Hampshire Union Leader
— Zizi Roberts (@zizabella) August 15, 2018
But why is “dog” Trump’s favourite insult? As The Cut pointed out, the majority of people consider dogs “beloved sweeties,” whereas Trump seems to think they’re constantly getting fired.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 30, 2016
.@EWErickson got fired like a dog from RedState
and now he is the one leading opposition against me.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 18, 2016
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 17, 2015
So, while most of us might associate dogs with cuddles and walkies, Trump seems to relate them more to getting booted from your high-profile media job
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 16, 2013
I hear that sleepy eyes @chucktodd will be fired like a dog from ratings starved Meet The Press? I can’t imagine what is taking so long!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 13, 2015
Trump and King’s feud has been ongoing for some time, with the 72-year-old blocking author on Twitter last year after he called out the “pettiness” of the President’s tweets.
The viciousness of Trump’s tweets is disturbing, the pettiness perhaps more so. This guy is not cut out for the main stage.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) June 30, 2017
Trump has blocked me from reading his tweets. I may have to kill myself.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) June 13, 2017
Although considering Trump has blocked 90% of Hollywood (there’s even a #BlockedByTrump hashtag), that’s not really surprising.