Halloween! It’s the spookiest time of year, second only to the days when I leave the house without shaving my legs.
Lots of scary things happen on and in the lead up to October 31st: shops run out of all the good candy, you go broke buying props to perfect your costume, and small children run rampant.
The chanting of “trick or treat!” haunts me in my dreams for months after Halloween.
But there’s one especially scary – and sadly not surprising – thing that happened this Halloween: President Donald Trump. Specifically, an ‘incident’ which occurred at the annual White House trick or treat event involving Trump, Melania, a child in a Despicable Me minion costume, and two innocent chocolate bars.
It all begins normally enough: children in all sorts of costumes queue to get candy from The President. There’s a kid in a t-rex costume, a couple of Buzz Lightyears, a female Pennywise, and a little girl dressed as a butterfly. All the usual suspects.
But things get weird when a child dressed as a minion approaches Trump and Melania. When I say weird I mean downright mean because this just feels cruel:
Yep, The President and First Lady of the United States appear to taunt a small child with candy. Instead of placing the chocolate bar in the basket the child is CLEARLY HOLDING, they put the chocolate on top of the costume. The child is clearly confused, wondering where their chocolate has gone. And Melania and Trump don’t batt an eyelid.
No, seriously, Melania doesn’t move her eyes. Her brain cells check out and she just blindly follows her husband’s lead.
We can all relate to this child. We too approach our politicians and world leaders, like Trump, in good faith only to be ridiculed and mocked for the world to see. We’re the fools for believing in them, for believing they will implement real change and be decent people. For believing their lies and deceit.
We’re the fools for continually trusting a man who picks fights with celebrities on Twitter.
The difference is, we’re adults who make independent, (mostly) educated decisions. But the children? The children are innocent. Leave the children alone. That includes children dressed as minions, soldiers, astronauts, and any other Halloween costume. I’m looking at you, Trumps.