But if you thought the right-wing couldn’t get any more petty and pathetic, Newsmax, that journalistic bastion, went after the Bidens’ German shepherd, Champ. It aired a segment claiming that he was “dirty,” “unpresidential” and looked like a “junkyard dog.” Between the pandemic and the weather disaster in Texas, clearly there wasn’t enough news for them that day.
What the Newsmax crew failed to realize is that German shepherds are “working dogs.” They are a breed you’re more likely to see in the trenches of a war zone than in an expensive grooming salon. They are rough and tumble by nature, not some perfectly coifed designer dog.
And yet, German shepherds have been deemed noble enough to play a prominent role in first family history. They graced the White House grounds for the administrations of the Democrats Franklin Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy. Herbert Hoover and Calvin Coolidge, both Republicans, also had German shepherds.
But just as the majority of American voters decided in November that Joe Biden, despite his age, has the necessary vigor to occupy the Oval Office, the same could also be said for Champ.
In just a little over a month, he and his cohort Major, a three-year-old German shepherd, have been put to work in a Covid-19 prevention public service announcement and an inspection of the White House grounds on Valentine’s Day. Together, they have also been amassing Twitter followers at a staggering pace. At this rate, they could pass Newsmax’s Greg Kelly by summer.
The absurd swipe at Champ was a thinly veiled dig at the Bidens, questioning how much love and attention they give him. The timing of the implication by conservative media that Champ is somehow neglected makes one wonder whether this was a “wag the dog” situation, an effort to divert attention from the ongoing crisis in Texas and the saga of poor Snowflake, Ted Cruz’s family dog. A reporter learned that Snowflake was left home while the rest of the family flew to Cancún. While Newsmax may have missed that story of canine neglect, it did not go unnoticed on social media, where “Justice for Snowflake” was trending for days.
Ask any dog which they’d prefer, Snowflake’s solitude in a dark, cold house or Champ lying in front of a roaring fire in the Oval Office, and the results would likely be a landslide.