One of presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump's favorite insults on Twitter is comparing individuals to dogs - typically by saying "like a dog." Here's a small sample of the times Mr. Trump has used this phrase to describe people he dislikes:
The weird thing is...none of these things really make a lot of sense for dogs. "Fired like a dog" doesn't really ring true, given dogs very rarely have jobs, let alone get fired from them. Which brings us to the inevitable question:
Does Donald Trump think dogs are actually the cartoon character Homer Simpson?
Let's look at the evidence...
"Choked like a dog"
Dogs aren't particularly noted for choking - Homer Simpson, however, often chokes on food (or chokes others, primarily his son).
"Lied like a dog"
Dogs aren't capable of speech, therefore are not able to lie - Homer Simpson has been caught lying on multiple occasions.
"Dropped like a dog"
The Simpsons actually go to great lengths to explain why dogs should not be dropped, as well as showing Homer being dropped to humorous effect many times.
"Kicked out like a dog"
Dogs aren't usually kicked out of places - maybe their owners will be politely asked to leave, but angrily kicking a dog out of a place seems highly unorthodox. Homer Simpson, on the other hand, is frequently being kicked out of places:
- Moe's Tavern (on multiple occasions)
- His own home (after divulging his family's secrets to his marriage class)
- The Stonecutters' Club
- The No Homers' Club (Homer Glumplet was allowed to stay, however, since they were allowed one)
"Begging for money like a dog"
Listen, maybe I'm just hanging out with really self-sufficient dogs, but it's hard to imagine a dog begging for money (or even understanding the concept of money enough to beg for it). Homer Simpson though? Constantly begging for money.
"Fired like a dog"
Again, dogs are typically not given jobs, and it's even less typical that they're fired from them. Yet, this is the main dog metaphor Trump utilizes. He's definitely referring to Homer Simpson.
In conclusion: yes, Donald Trump thinks dogs are actually Homer Simpson. But it's not too late - just log on to Twitter and send this message:
@realDonaldTrump you're thinking of Homer Simpson, not a dog.
...and you'll be doing your part to correct Mr. Trump's unfortunate error.