Donald Trump Jr. took the opportunity on Halloween night to illustrate a point about Socialism using a photo of his daughter Chloe and her bucket of Halloween candy.
In the tweet, Trump Jr. said: "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."
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… https://t.co/NvjIwEiiQl— Donald Trump Jr. (@Donald Trump Jr.)1509490408.0
The post was instantly pounced upon by Twitter users for its misinformation:
@DonaldJTrumpJr That's not how socialism works. You might want to have someone explain it to you before you try to teach it to a kid.— Richard Potter (@Richard Potter)1509494121.0
Your kid went begging from hard-working people for candy. The kid who stayed home got theirs because their parents… https://t.co/CeLxx8ofgC— Nick Pettigrew (@Nick Pettigrew)1509497984.0
My man, "socialism" was her getting that free candy in the first place. You taking half for reasons she can't under… https://t.co/nShq0yjbvZ— Elite Bear Agents (@Elite Bear Agents)1509493002.0
And there were plenty who cried foul, considering Trump Jr.'s inherited wealth:
@DonaldJTrumpJr Imagine being the son of Donald Trump and believing you earned your candy.— Max (@Max)1509491740.0
Man who inherited money from his father, who inherited it from *his* father, has lessons on making it on your own. https://t.co/3yPEccCF6b— Kevin M. Kruse (@Kevin M. Kruse)1509491656.0
People felt like there were probably better lessons that Trump Jr. could teach his daughter than "Socialism is bad:"
Going to a home of disabled children and handing out candy there would teach her (and you) a lot more. https://t.co/N2l14yEPaR— Patrick McGee (@Patrick McGee)1509523377.0
Let me fix that for you... "Give some of the free candy she got to children who couldn't go out to get free candy." https://t.co/XM9DcbkDFP— Abby (@Abby)1509528159.0
One the voices added to the fray was that of Harry Potter author and Twitter clapback queen J.K. Rowling, who slammed Trump Jr.'s faulty logic, saying: "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."
Fill her bucket with old candy left by her great-grandfather, then explain that she has more because she's smarter… https://t.co/jCh5CQsnbz— J.K. Rowling (@J.K. Rowling)1509526119.0
Twitter users agreed with Rowling's sentiments:
@eliistender10 @jk_rowling Makes me sick to my stomach that he would use his child like this. Although, on 2nd thou… https://t.co/8LeXfNhkjN— Lynn Zachariades (@Lynn Zachariades)1509526462.0
@campaignkate @jk_rowling @mrjamesob Pretty much covers it, Kate. Tweet of the year 😁— Kev G (@Kev G)1509527828.0
Overall, it was a pretty rough Halloween for the Trump family. Not only was Ivanka Trump's birthday ruined by the indictments of Paul Manafort and Rick Gates in the Russia probe, as well as the confession by George Papadopolous that he lied to the F.B.I., and his subsequent plea deal, but President Trump also had an awkward run-in with a kid dressed as a T-Rex during a Monday trick-or-treating event held at the White House.
So, the backlash against Trump Jr. was just one of several low points for the First Family's Halloween week.
And clearly Rowling has no problem taking on Twitter trolls, the Trumps, or anyone who crosses her, as she's shown time and time again.
Besides a much-needed class on Socialism, perhaps Trump Jr. can credit the Twitter take-down as part of his education, because he certainly got schooled.
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