Donald Trump, Cesar Millan, and anti-science sentiment

Donald Trump and Cesar Millan are basically the same person. As enraged as the Donald would be at being compared to a Mexican immigrant, it’s true. If you don’t believe me, look at this checklist. We all know infographics are absolute.

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Cesar Millan, “The Dog Whisperer,” is being investigated for animal cruelty. Considering he has punched, kicked, and choked dogs on camera, he should have been investigated for animal cruelty ages ago. Since he has no education in animal behavior or training, he should never have had a TV show in the first place. He failed a basic training exam in Germany (a country miles ahead of the U.S. when it comes to regulating animal industries), preventing him from doing a hands-on demonstration during a show.

Now, one of his many instances of animal cruelty has finally landed him in legal hot water, and his faithful viewers are swarming social media to say how unfair this is, because Cesar has such good intentions and he’s “helped” so many dogs and they watch his show every day and punching/kicking/choking a dog or letting a pig get its ear ripped off is not animal cruelty because he says he loves dogs.

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It doesn’t matter to them that people with actual knowledge say Millan is an abuser and a fraud, just like it doesn’t matter to Trump supporters that he wouldn’t know a real-world policy if it bit him in the ass. It doesn’t matter to them that there’s scientific evidence proving Millan’s idea of dog psychology is patently false and his methods cause real harm. In fact, they can’t even seem to recognize that someone with a doctorate in a given subject is more qualified than they are to speak on it. I’ve been reading these posts with horrified incredulity, watching people offer up all the same “reasons” as to why Millan is not only innocent, but the great trainer he pretends to be.

“I like him!”

“These animal activists are just going after him because he’s successful!”

“I use his methods and I would never mistreat my dog!”

“Just because his method isn’t the same as yours doesn’t mean it’s bad or wrong!”

I wish I had some inkling as to what goes on in the heads of these people, but it is completely incomprehensible to me. I don’t know how they can say some of Millan’s methods are “hard to watch” and in the same breath say he would never abuse a dog. I don’t know how anyone can watch Trump and claim that he “says what everyone thinks,” because I can’t watch Trump struggle to form a sentence longer than 15 seconds without secondhand embarrassment kicking in so hard I need to go have a lie-down. I cannot grasp the blind arrogance and stupidity necessary to discount people WHO ACTUALLY KNOW THINGS — whether they be certified trainers, economists, animal behaviorists, doctors, or scientists — and instead offer your own opinion and life experience as a know-nothing.

Mom, have you noticed there isn’t any cussing in this post? You better be proud of me, because I am WORKED UP.

Of all the wretched, wretched attitudes prevalent in America today, I think this anti-science sentiment is the worst, because everything kind of falls under it. Anti-vaxxers, climate change deniers, breed-specific legislation supporters, homophobes, racists, dominance trainers, the list goes on ad-nauseam, and they’re all the same in that they don’t care about proof. They don’t care about facts. They don’t care about logic. They have their opinions and they can find people who agree with them, and that’s all that matters.

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