A Newsmax host attacking Joe Biden's dog Champ

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Newsmax resorts to attacking Biden’s ‘dirty’ dog Champ

'There's a special place in hell for someone who makes a target of an elderly German Shepherd.'


Mikael Thalen


Published Feb 20, 2021

Far-right media outlet Newsmax is facing backlash from animal lovers online after attacking one of President Joe Biden’s dogs on Friday.

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In a segment with Newsmax host Greg Kelly, Biden’s German Shepherd Champ is repeatedly described as looking “rough” and in need of a “bath and a comb.”

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“Doesn’t he look a little rough? I love dogs but this dog needs a bath and a comb and all kinds of love and care,” Kelly said. “I’ve never seen a dog in the White House like this.”

Further describing Champ as a “junkyard dog,” Kelly defers to a guest, presidential historian Craig Shirley, who likewise denigrates Biden’s pet.

Shirley specifically labels Champ as “dirty and disheveled” before heaping praise on a dog owned by former President George H. W. Bush.

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As you’d expect, users online were quick to defend Champ and criticize the desperate segment from Newsmax.

“I honestly think it’s so sad that someone would be mean about a dog,” Olivia Nuzzi said.

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Others took aim directly at Kelly for choosing to devote airtime to attacking an animal.

“The final stage of Trump sycophancy is just doing a sweaty Trump imitation while pretending to be upset about the same weird shit Trump himself would post about,” David Roth said. “What an amazing moment for all of us.”

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Many also pointed out the fact that Champ is a senior and has clearly been well taken care of.

“Attacking Biden is one thing but attacking the dogs will not stand GET ME SEAL TEAM SIX,” Twitter user @goldengateblond said.

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Champ was purchased by Biden in 2008 while he served as vice president. The president’s other dog, a German Shepard named Major, is the first rescue dog ever to call the White House its home.

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*First Published: Feb 20, 2021, 11:43 am CST