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Donald Trump Jr. Should Keep His Political Lessons Out of Halloween

Trick or treating is not the time for lectures about socialism.

Halloween is supposed to be a night dedicated to dressing up in costumes, watching scary movies, and leaning into the sugar high of all sugar highs. Donald Trump Jr. decided to disrupt the fun by trying to turn the beloved holiday into a lame lesson about the dangers of socialism. Last night, Trump Jr. tweeted out a picture of his daughter holding her bucket of candy with the caption “I’m going to take half of Chloe’s candy tonight & give it to some kid who sat at home. It’s never to early to teach her about socialism.” Hilarious.

Threatening to give away his daughter’s candy may seem like a very strange way to teach kids about differing economic theories that are currently dividing American politics. But it could work if the joke was funny enough to justify the premise. Unfortunately, that is 100 percent not the case here. The joke is entirely unfunny, woefully inaccurate, and is a perfect example of someone forcing a controversial topic into a place where it doesn’t belong.

Trump Jr.’s attempt at humor may have fallen harder than his dad’s rapidly declining approval ratings but there was one bright side to all this: the responses to Trump Jr.’s tweets were hilarious. Many people pointed out that Trump Jr.’s joke was actually a subtle critique of his own party’s politics.

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Others pointed out that trick or treating is literally taking a handout.

Even Harry Potter author JK Rowling got in on the fun.

At the end of the day, political affiliations aside, can’t we all agree to shut up about our beliefs for a couple hours and let the kids have some fun trick or treating?