Donald Trump Jr’s birthday celebration has become national news after a picture of him holding an Obama-mocking dessert took heat on Twitter.
On December 17th, the president’s eldest son shared a snap of himself with Senator Ted Cruz and a birthday cookie gifted to him by friends. The controversial cookie featured a portrait of the former president that any toddler’s mother would be proud to hang on the fridge, although it is unclear whether the amateurish work is accidental or deliberate. What is unambiguously deliberate is the expression of pained disgust that Trump Jr. is giving the camera; managing to make Senator Cruz’s face the most normal-looking one in the photo.
“With friends like these… some good friends decided that while my birthday is not for 2 weeks that they would get me an early 40th birthday cake,” Trump Jr. captioned the photo in a post on Instagram. “And what birthday is complete without an Obama cake? I figured it was so good that I would have to share it with Ted.”
The online reception of Trump Jr.’s photo was less than sweet. Many remarked that the president’s son was pushing “fake news” by referring to what is obviously a cookie as a “birthday cake.” Others noted that Trump Jr. was a grown adult mocking his political rivals on social media via confectionery-based insults. “You are a 40 year old man spending your birthday hating and being disrespect[ful],” wrote Instagram-user iscorpio26. “That fact that you couldn’t find something better to than to hate on another man shows your true character.”
Voldemort was less obsessed with Harry Potter than the Trumps are with Obama. https://t.co/X3lzHgVJ23
— W. Kamau Bell (@wkamaubell) December 18, 2017
But perhaps the most frustrated response came from Stephan Courseau, the owner of the restaurant the picture was taken at. Courseau wrote on Le Bilboquet’s Instagram page that he felt “betrayed and sad” that the president’s son “decided to use our restaurant as a platform to promote, disrespect, and spread hatred.” He added that he and his wife hail from outside of the country, and that both of them “believe in universal values of love, respect and tolerance.” The post was later deleted from the company’s Instagram account.
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— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) December 20, 2017
This is not the first time Trump Jr. has upheld his family’s reputation for social media shenanigans. Last month, he asked people to vote in the Virginia election over Twitter, which would have been an admirable message if he hadn’t gotten the voting day wrong, twice. And his attempt to use a Halloween metaphor to decry socialism on Twitter backfired when multiple Twitter-users pointed out the fact that what he was describing wasn’t “socialism,” it was “sharing.”
Defenders of the First Son have shot back, saying that it’s unfair to mock the families of politicians. But, despite the criticism, Trump smaller is still heavily involved in social media. Perhaps if he can’t stand the heat, he should stay out of the kitchen?
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
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