Donald Trump is a source of material for this blog as vast as the oceans, as expansive as the greatest mountain chains, as multitudinous as the blades of grass of the Eurasian Steppe.
So what is it today? Well, as I did once before, I am defending Trump a teeny, tiny bit.
Trump spokeswoman Katrina Pierson came under fire for having once Tweeted that President Obama is not a “pure breed”:
Perfect Obama’s dad born in Africa, Mitt Romney’s dad born in Mexico. Any pure breeds left? #CNNDebate
— Katrina Pierson (@KatrinaPierson) January 20, 2012
Granted, in context she seems to be saying Obama is not a “pure breed” because he had only one American-born parent, not for being biracial, and lumps Mitt Romney into the same category.
Pierson recently defended the comment, saying she was only using the same language that unspecified liberals and “establishment” directed at her, being herself biracial:
I’m an activist, and I’m a half-breed. I’m always getting called a half-breed. On Twitter, when you’re fighting with liberals and even establishment, you go back at them [with] the same silliness they’re giving you.
But here’s the thing: Obama once described himself using similar language.
Back when he was President-elect, Obama was speaking to the all-important issue of getting a dog for the White House. Obama said his daughter Malia was allergic to dogs, so the family would get a “hypoallergenic” breed:
There are a number of breeds that are hypoallergenic, but on the other hand our preference is to get a shelter dog, but obviously, a lot of the shelter dogs are mutts like me. So, whether we are going to be able to balance those two things I think is a pressing issue on the Obama household.
Indeed, Obama called himself a “mutt,” not unlike Pierson saying he is not a “pure breed.”
(As an aside, I would add that it is a total myth that some dog breeds are hypoallergenic.)
Of course, just because Obama described himself the same way does not mean Pierson couldn’t stand to be more tactful, particularly if she’s someone working as a campaign spokesperson. But then again, she is part of perhaps the most un-tactful presidential campaign in history, so maybe it does not matter.