Donald Trump Jr. is not here for children having lighthearted Halloween fun.
On Tuesday night, Trump shared an image of his 3-year-old daughter, Chloe, wearing a police officer costume and a solemn expression. “I’m going to take half of Chloe’s candy tonight & give it to some kid who sat at home. It’s never to [sic] early to teach her about socialism,” he said in a tweet accompanying the photo, in which Chloe also appeared holding up a bucket of candy. And the internet has gone bananas, basically calling Trump the Grinch who stole Halloween — from his own kid.
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
While a few commended Trump’s political parenting style, the tweet was largely met with an onslaught of backlash. Commenters zeroed in on the questionable message being taught to poor Chloe. “Take these things you did nothing to earn and cry about sharing them with people, yup,” wrote one user.
Others commented that they couldn’t but help see parallels between Trump’s perception of “socialism” and the “charity” practices of his father, President Donald Trump, who allegedly siphoned money from a kids’ cancer charity into his business. “Or you could tell her you’re taking it to help kids with cancer but then leave a wrapper trail so she can learn how Trump charities work,” the user wrote. Ouch.
Then again, maybe this is all a ruse. Maybe Trump just wanted the lion’s share of his kid’s Halloween candy for himself. Maybe he’s like many other sweet-toothed parents with a guilt complex, occasionally inserting life lessons as a reason to pilfer candy. Or maybe he just forgot about the age-old tradition of “inspecting” a child’s candy while pocketing a few chocolates for yourself.
At least that’s what we hope happened.