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Newsmax host Greg Kelly and a guest on his show on Friday went after the appearance of President Joe Biden’s dog, Champ, prompting a wave of criticism and ridicule on Twitter.
Kelly said that Champ, a German Shepherd, looks like he’s “from the junkyard.”
“Did you see the dog? I wanted to show you something I noticed. 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. I’ve never seen a dog in the White House like this. I remember Buddy, I remember Milly, I remember lots of dogs, but not a dog who seems … I don’t know. I don’t know how much love and care he is getting. This dog looks like, I’m sorry, like it’s from the junkyard,” Kelly said.
Kelly then turned to his guests, including presidential historian and Reagan biographer Craig Shirley, asking for their thoughts on Biden’s canine.
Shirley said Champ looks “dirty and disheveled” and “unlike a presidential dog.”
The segment and Shirley’s comments on Champ generated quite a stir on social media, with many questioning why Newsmax brought on historians to discuss the appearance of the president’s dog.
Newsmax has a whole ass panel that’s seriously discussing their concern over Biden’s dogs looking “dirty” and like “junkyard dogs”. I don’t… what even… https://t.co/f3bFGUpqnG
— Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) February 20, 2021
SNL couldn’t get away with a cold open of a two person panel coming on Newsmax to discuss how upset they are by Biden’s dog needing a bath https://t.co/8Zn0jLrrfu
— Edward-Isaac Dovere (@IsaacDovere) February 20, 2021
Literally attacking Joe Biden’s dog because of his looks https://t.co/PJWvUTQ5G5
— Jon Passantino (@passantino) February 20, 2021
Beyond parody. He even invites two historians on after to discuss it. https://t.co/IelvnWP7Yh
— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) February 20, 2021
Shirley and Newsmax did not immediately respond to separate requests for comment from Insider.
Though not nearly as well-known as Fox News in terms of right-wing news outlets, Newsmax grew in prominence among many conservatives in 2020 as it amplified then-President Donald Trump’s baseless claims of mass voter fraud.
In December, as Newsmax faced potential legal actions over false election claims it gave oxygen to, the outlet issued a statement that said it had “no evidence” to support outlandish fraud claims against two voting-machine companies.
Trump gave one of his first post-presidency interviews to Newsmax this week, during which he reiterated his false assertion that the 2020 election was “stolen” and “rigged.” Claims like this from Trump helped catalyze a fatal insurrection at the Capitol on January 6, which led to the former president’s second impeachment.