It was only appropriate that Donald Trump Jr. joked on Twitter Tuesday that he would teach his daughter a lesson about the tenets of socialism. The whole point of trick-or-treating, after all, is that children get free candy from their neighbors. In Trump-like fashion, however, the president's eldest son said he would be taking half of his 3-year-old daughter's Halloween candy because it's never too "early to teach her about socialism."
"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," Trump Jr. tweeted.
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
Trump Jr.'s shot at socialism caused a commotion on Twitter, as liberals pointed out that Halloween wasn't exactly a holiday that celebrates unadulterated capitalism.
She was given that candy for free. Halloween is already socialism, you malignant potato. https://t.co/JRcvEqg6ej
— Jesse Berney (@jesseberney) October 31, 2017
I feel like candy that was handed out by strangers is the definition of socialism. But what do I know. https://t.co/17iKs5HsPU
— Downtown Josh Brown (@ReformedBroker) November 1, 2017
Others on Twitter mocked the Republican Party's platform.
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
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
I took half my kid's candy tonight, ate it myself, and then blamed Hillary for it. It's never too early to teach him about Trump's America. https://t.co/Cp2GpLErtN
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) November 1, 2017
I'll take 1/2 my kids candy, store it in a Cyprus tax shelter, then declare bankruptcy to teach her about capitalism https://t.co/7OAOjFYjQx
— ryan cooper (@ryanlcooper) November 1, 2017
Hey, you jerk. Maybe teach her to share with less fortunate kids who didn't grow up wealthy real estate heirs simply by being born. https://t.co/THMiwhF1qR
— Elizabeth Spiers (@espiers) October 31, 2017
Especially funny when you enjoy the fact that about a quarter of all US children now live in poverty. Capitalism working right up to code! https://t.co/wH2gC9p8KG
— David Simon (@AoDespair) October 31, 2017
Calm down everyone. He's only joking.
He'd never really teach her that sharing is a good thing. https://t.co/RE6HsgnhCK
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) November 1, 2017
I hope Chloe remembers to bring you candy when you're in prison. https://t.co/7P80sgsirD
— John Schindler (@20committee) October 31, 2017
Trump Jr.'s Halloween joke wasn’t the first time he used candy to make an argument online, the Boston Globe noted on Wednesday. During his father's 2016 presidential campaign, Trump Jr. compared the Syrian refugee crisis to a bowl of Skittles
“If I had a bowl of skittles [sic] and I told you just three would kill you, would you take a handful?” he wrote. “That’s our Syrian refugee problem.”
Trump Jr. celebrated the quasi-socialist holiday Tuesday by dressing up as his father.