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.
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. pic.twitter.com/3ie9C0jv2G
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) October 31, 2017
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.
Going door to door collecting free candy and then begrudging it to others is a great metaphor for Republican economic policy. pic.twitter.com/3IHLZg95SU
— Josh Gondelman (@joshgondelman) October 31, 2017
Or you could give 90% of her candy to the one richest kid in the neighborhood.
It's never too early to teach her about Republicanism. https://t.co/gARIEd0qfM
— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) October 31, 2017
Others pointed out that trick or treating is literally taking a handout.
Hi – My name Donald Trump Jr. and I like to exploit my children for political gain.
— #FreePeterDouche ‼️ (@theRza2u) October 31, 2017
Even Harry Potter author JK Rowling got in on the fun.
Fill her bucket with old candy left by her great-grandfather, then explain that she has more because she's smarter than all the other kids. https://t.co/0lbhHYyFe4
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) November 1, 2017
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?