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Halloween: the American tradition for dressing up in costumes and trick-or-treating in neighborhoods to collect candy. Or, in the Trump Jr. household: making jokes about economic theories one knows little about, like 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 her about socialism. pic.twitter.com/3ie9C0jv2G
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) October 31, 2017
While using his daughter and her Halloween candy as props, Trump Jr. demonstrated that he doesn’t know much about socialism, but tweeted about it anyway.
“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.”
Here’s the problem – that’s not how Halloween works. Or socialism.
Since Trump Jr. doesn’t understand what Halloween is, let’s break it down.
Halloween is holiday where private citizens buy candy and hand it out for free – to anyone they choose. The participants, often children, are dressed up in costume and collect candy. The participants opt to accumulate the candy from private citizens.
Now, onto explaining socialism. Let’s turn to Merriam-Webster for some help: socialism is defined as, “any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods”. (There are three definitions, but, this is the most used selection.)
The government owning and distributing goods. Neither are representative of Halloween or distribution of candy.
Twitter was quick to show Trump Jr. and the MAGA crew’s lack of understanding.
Perhaps if you also told her the kid was too sick to get up and go trick or treating, and had no healthcare, she might learn about sharing. https://t.co/HAi8qwTB7z
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) November 1, 2017
HALLOWEEN CANDY IS FREE CANDY THAT OTHER PEOPLE BOUGHT AND GAVE AWAY FOR FREE. don't @ me bc you don't know how halloween works.
— Patricia BATeman🦇 (@Trisha_Bateman) October 31, 2017
Just for fun, let’s explore capitalism. Cue Merriam-Webster again: “an economic system characterized by private or corporate ownership of capital goods, by investments that are determined by private decision, and by prices, production, and the distribution of goods that are determined mainly by competition in a free market”.
So, now I ask Donald Trump Jr., in which category does your Halloween experiment fall? Take your time. I’ll wait.