5 Reasons Everyone Should Stop Calling Donald Trump a Pig

Donald Trump has been referred to as a pig by plenty of political pundits and cartoonists, as well as celebrities – Rhianna, Robert de Niro and Roger Waters, to name a few.

But it’s really not fair. To pigs, that is. Here are some reasons why.

1. Pigs are intelligent.

Pigs are one of the brainiest animals on Earth, and smarter than 3-year-old children, according to the Humane Society of the United States. Neuroscientist Lori Marino, co-author of the 2015 paper, “Thinking Pigs: A Comparative View of Cognition, Emotion and Personality in Sus domesticus,” told the Huffington Post there are “some very compelling reasons to regard pigs as intelligent, aware, emotionally and socially sophisticated beings.”

 

While Trump may arguably be smarter than a 3-year-old, he’s not quite smart enough to understand, for example, that his perceived high IQ has nothing to do with whether he should attend daily intelligence briefings.

“I’m like a smart person,” he told Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday” in December. “I don’t have to be told the same thing and the same words every single day for the next eight years. It could be eight years … I don’t need that.”

2. Pigs are mellow.

Unless they are being threatened, pigs in the wild are generally peaceful, non-aggressive creatures. Trump, on the other hand, has been accused of sexually assaulting women. He is often hostile both verbally and via Twitter, especially toward what he believes to be fake news, weird opponents and overrated actors.

3. Pigs have excellent long-term memories.

“Pigs have sophisticated abilities to distinguish objects in a range of situations that require robust memory,” wrote Marino and co-author Christina M. Colvin in their “Thinking Pigs” paper. Pigs have what’s called episodic memory – the capacity to remember details of events weeks and even years later. This allows for “very sophisticated cognitive capacities, such as possessing a sense of self through time and planning for the future,” the authors wrote.

Trump, at least based on this sampling of his tweets, has a much less robust memory.

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4. Pigs’ mates want to live with them.

In the wild, pigs live together in close-knit groups call sounders, which consist of a boar along with many sows and their offspring. The sows apparently enjoy the boar’s company — or at least none of them prefer to live somewhere hundreds of miles away.

5. Although they can’t run for president, pigs can run a 7-minute mile.

“Pigs are sprinters and can attain their top speed in just a few strides,” notes the Speed of Animals website. But besides exercising his fingers while tweeting, the only other physical activity Trump seems to get is when he plays golf every weekend at Mar-a-Lago.

Could he outrace a pig in a 100-meter sprint? Despite his personal physician claiming last year that Trump would be the “healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency,” I’d put my money on the pig.

Photo credit: Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

407 comments

Ruth R
Ruth R7 days ago

Thank You.

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JoAnn Paris
JoAnn Paris3 months ago

Pigs are lovely - Trump is a creep.

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Diane Wayne
Diane Wayne3 months ago

Excellent article! Sadly, however, this terrible, emotionally-unbalanced man is in the most powerful seat in American government. We need to change that as soon as possible.

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Freya H
Freya H5 months ago

6. Pigs are sensitive and empathic. Need I write more?

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Carl O
Carl O8 months ago

Reason number six. Being compared to Donald Trump insults our porcine brethren.

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Marie W
Marie W9 months ago

Thanks for posting.

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Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill11 months ago

The left who could see no wrong in Obama, can now see no right in Trump. If you can't respect the man, you have to respect the office...this article does not respect the office of the President.

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Patty K
Patty Kabout a year ago

Not funny!

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Robert G
Robert Gabout a year ago

Regus S wrote: “you inaccurately blame Obama for EVERYTHING puts you on top of the HYPOCRITICAL dung heap. Including …Turd in the WH..” Your comments are too rich to pass. Pres Obama came from a troubled childhood where he was not taught the values of our founding fathers. He took his alternative life path into social activism in Chicago where he championed socialism. He took those values of social injustice into the WH where he spent money like a “drunken sailor,” first passed legislation that favored alternative issues, chose political strategies that hide details and the truth from voters, and did not solicit arbitration from both parties. He dismissed the criminal activity of Hillary. He eliminated the requirement for those on welfare to actively look for work; he did not understand poverty. His actions were suspect when his IRS wrongly targeted groups. His Obamacare is not well written. He and Hillary were asleep when our embassy overseas needed military support. His policies failed in Tunisia, Egypt, Iran, Syria, and he was no friend to Israel or Palestine. He did not govern, but tailored America to his values by secret agendas. He basically took us down a path which favored unethical means to his end. His actions were worthy of impeachment, if the Congress had had any backbone.

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Robert G
Robert Gabout a year ago

Regus S. You wrote: “Your reply ….was weak, partisan, and full of inaccuracies (if not downright LIES). And your plea for putting the past behind us, even as you inaccurately blame Obama for EVERYTHING puts you on top the HYPOCRITICAL dung heap. You are an inept, [R] partisan stooge. You and the rest of your [R] lugnuts, including …Turd in the WH, will now reap what you have all so hatefully sowed over the last 8 years. I for one will enjoy rubbing your nose in it; after all, mutts like you need to be house trained.” Sorry. Your comments are too rich in inaccuracies to pass. I would earnestly like to hear educated retort to my comments to understand the points of view of others, but your comments without fact are so full of slander, rude, and your talk of feces deserve no public forum. This forum is not meant for personal attacks and crudeness…. What inaccuracies? “My weak response, unqualified inaccuracies, being an “inept stooge,” lugnuts, and speaking of rubbing my nose in feces” add nothing to our conversation and actually only poorly reflect on you. And it takes away from space to hear the valued views of others. As an educated man, you would understand that you cannot move forward until you move away from a past. As a US citizen, I would be interested in r

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