Neither Trump nor the dog look happy about it

Neither Trump nor the dog look happy about it

by digby

Pres Trump in the Rose Garden with Conan, the US Army dog who during the raid on ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, chased him down a tunnel that led him to detonate his suicide bomb vest which killed him & three children. Pres has often referred to Conan as a hero.
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) November 25, 2019

This brings to mind something I don't think we've appreciated fully. Trump is a germophobe, which means he doesn't like animals and he's notoriously unhappy about touching all kinds of things.

I can't help but think of the massive hissy fit people had about John Kerry drinking green tea for his prostate cancer and ordering a sandwich with swiss cheese. The Real Americans thought it made him an effeminate elitists, dontcha know? But nobody says a word about Trump's neurotic aversion to animals and germs. That's very manly and down to earth, apparently.

*Before anyone says anything, I don't believe germophobia is anything to be ashamed of, of course. Neither is eating swiss cheese and drinking green tea. I'm just pointing out that Trump's fans can be very tolerant when it comes to him. Others, not so much.

Oh my God:

Trump tells you how incredible “this particular type of dog" is, repeatedly, but he clearly can't remember the name of the breed or other details. He tells us he really wanted the dog to be muzzled, which tells you about his fear 2/3

— Joan Walsh (@joanwalsh) November 25, 2019

“Conan is a tough cookie,” we learn. Still nothing about his breed. Trump repeatedly “jokes” about siccing the dog on journalists. Also, again, his command of the language rivals (maybe) a five-year-old. Terrifying 3/3

— Joan Walsh (@joanwalsh) November 25, 2019

Pence, by the way, is a well-known animal lover who has a menagerie in the VP residence. He gets a few points for being human, as he shows in his interaction with Conan.