Greg Kelly barks at Joe Biden's pets again, says Champ and Major aren't rescue dogs: 'Neither was on death row'
Newsmax anchor Greg Kelly continued his tirade against President Joe Biden’s dogs on Saturday, saying that neither dog was on “death row”. Kelly tweeted, “Fake news pushing Pro-Biden FASLE NARRATIVE (again) that Joe ‘saved Champ and Major’s lives’ because they were Rescue dogs. WRONG! Joe BOUGHT CHAMP Dog from a BREEDER. MAJOR came from the Delaware Humane Association. A ‘No-Kill’ facility. Neither dog was on ‘Death Row’!!”
Fake news pushing Pro-Biden FASLE NARRATIVE (again) that Joe “saved Champ and Major’s lives” because they were Rescue dogs. WRONG! Joe BOUGHT CHAMP Dog from a BREEDER. MAJOR came from the Delaware Humane Association. A “No-Kill” facility. Neither dog was on “Death Row”!!— Greg Kelly (@gregkellyusa) February 20, 2021
On Friday, Kelly said President Biden's dog, a German Shepherd named Champ, looks "like it's from the junkyard", during his live segment 'Greg Kelly Reports'. "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 Ronald 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 conservative media house, following that, came under fire for Greg Kelly's remarks.
Newscaster Brian Williams even brought it up on his MSNBC show. “Think of it this way: If Champ were to meet Greg Kelly, he would probably love Greg Kelly unconditionally,” Williams said. “That’s what dogs do. It’s probably also why there are no dogs anchoring Newsmax.”
Champ arrived in the Biden household in 2008. As per reports, the name has sentimental significance for Biden, whose dad always told him growing up, "Get up champ," whenever he was having a tough time. Biden picked out the male German shepherd from a breeder in Chester County, Pennsylvania. He was promised the post-election dog by his wife, Jill, who would tape pictures of different dogs on the back of the seat in front of Biden on his campaign plane.
Major is the first dog to go from a shelter -- run by the Delaware Humane Association -- to the White House. Major was born as part of a litter of six German shepherd puppies at the shelter in early 2018. At the time, however, the pups were in a medical crisis. "They were very sick," Patrick Carroll, executive director of the Delaware Humane Association, told the press. "They had gotten into a toxic substance. We're not sure what. The dogs were lethargic, vomiting, and hospitalized for a few days," Carrol added.
However, the pups soon recovered with fluids and medication, and the shelter posted to Facebook in March 2018 in search of foster homes for them. Ashley Biden subsequently sent the post to her father, according to Carroll, as she knew he was looking for a companion for the elderly Champ. Major went on to become an indispensable part of the Biden family. In November 2020, Biden fractured his foot while playing with the young dog.