Donald Trump Jr. can never seem to miss an opportunity to make a huge ass out of himself, and that’s precisely what the president’s eldest son did by coming for Barbie, of all things, on Twitter this week. As usual, he was quickly clapped back against, only this time by the makers of the popular doll and her stans.
Evidently, Don Jr. took umbrage with a new “Barbie Campaign Team,” a set that features four diverse dolls—candidate, campaign manager, fundraiser, and voter—that would ostensibly inspire girls to “see themselves in the roles that make up a winning campaign.” Given the brand’s sketchy history when it comes to gender empowerment, the set certainly sends a refreshing message to a new generation of up and coming voters.
So naturally, leave it to Don Jr.—who is father to two daughters, by the way—to take issue with the dolls.
“’Voter’ Barbie must be a Democrat because she’s already wearing an ‘I Voted’ sticker and yet she’s got another ballot in her hand,” Trump tweeted, parroting his father’s false message that mail-in voting is somehow corrupt and will steal the 2020 presidential election away from him.
“Voter” Barbie must be a Democrat because she’s already wearing an “I Voted” sticker and yet she’s got another ballot in her hand. 🤔 https://t.co/kmOR09fUS6— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) July 29, 2020
Of course, as most of us know, this is just simply and categorically untrue, as many people were kind enough to point out to him. One user succinctly even brought up the fact that Trump Jr., ever the preening hypocrite, also happens to vote by mail.
On mail in ballots, there is a little sticker inside- which you take off and put on your coat- while you drop off your ballot.— Sanders (@ruralgirl22) July 29, 2020
You should know, you vote by mail...
As if that wasn’t bad enough, a spokesperson for Mattel also took a shot at Trump.
“Barbie is not, and has never been, affiliated with a political party,” the spokesperson told TMZ. “Barbie has always encouraged girls to stand up for what they believe in and shows them they can be anything.”
“This doll set highlights a range of leadership roles to pique their interest in shaping the future and raise their voices—from the podium to the polls,” the spokesperson continued. “This set also provides a tool to allow families to have conversations around important events and cultural moments through play.”
Considering the fact that Don Jr. just came back from a much-overdue Twitter timeout, perhaps he should be a bit more diplomatic about choosing his battles. Or at the very least, try picking on someone his own size?