There is plenty going on in our world today, but one bit of news has pet owners growling and hissing.
As Twitter user @caraallieray puts it, “There’s a lot happening, but I keep obsessing on how Trump said owning pets is ‘low class.’ ”
This shocking comment is pulled from a recent article in The Atlantic, regarding Vice President Mike Pence.
In the piece, an adviser tells The Atlantic that President Trump reportedly thinks pets are “low class” and was “embarrassed” when Pence announced in January that he and his family would be moving into the Naval Observatory with their pets — which included, at the time, two cats, a rabbit, and a snake.
“Trump ridiculed the menagerie to his secretary, according to a longtime adviser. ‘He was embarrassed by it; he thought it was so low class,’ says the adviser. ‘He thinks the Pences are yokels,’ ” reads the segment, offending animal lovers across the Internet.
While the article, titled “God’s Plan for Mike Pence,” contains over 1,500 words, the aforementioned three sentences are causing the biggest stir, especially on Twitter, where pet owners are sounding off about the president’s reported feelings on furry friends.
Of all the horrors about Pence, Trump objects to him having pets. The 1 thing that suggests a twinkling of humanity. https://t.co/pLbWXBwoKx
— Eugene V. Belitsky (@Jhenya_Belitsky) December 6, 2017
Well, Trump is an expert on low class, so we should probably take his word for it. I’ll be happy over here being trashy by having pets. https://t.co/G52fmjCF8L
— Sarah Smith (@sarahsmithva) December 6, 2017
The Queen and her corgis beg to differ. Or, perhaps, more to his tastes, the Romanovs and their hounds. https://t.co/OXmAODXEkh
— JeanR (@P_JeanR) December 6, 2017
Clearly, cat people and dog people have put their differences aside and crossed the aisle to speak out about their shared outrage.
President Trump is the first American president in 150 years not to have a pet of his own at the White House, according to The Hill. This is a big change from former President Barack Obama, who shared the Oval Office with two bounding balls of fluff, Portuguese Water Hounds Bo and Sunny.
Trump’s alleged dislike for animals hasn’t stopped Pence from expanding his pet family. After one of the vice president’s cats died in June, he and his family adopted both a puppy and a kitten.