Actually, that’s an African-American phrase. They call people dogs all the time. Dumb animal, dog = common usage in Cleveland, Ohio. There’s so much name calling now, that to pin it on one person would be impossible and discriminatory. Many think we should expect more from our president and elected officials than we expect from ourselves. I disagree. We need to raise our own standard of behavior, instead of blaming somebody else for lowering those standards. We relinquish our own power over ourselves when we give others credit for our actions.