Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images News/Getty Images

Donald Trump Jr. Joked About His 2-Year-Old Sexually Harassing Someone In A 2011 Tweet, & People Are Pissed

Ad failed to load

President Donald Trump is well-known for posting often-controversial tweets, and judging by his son's Twitter account, that skill may be one that runs in the family. Donald Trump Jr. is no stranger to social media blunders — in November, for example, he encouraged his followers in Virginia to go out and vote, despite the fact that the election had already taken place the day before. But unlike much of his social media commentary, this 2011 tweet from Donald Trump Jr. isn't just cringeworthy, it's actually pretty disturbing.

Trump Jr.'s Twitter account may not have been something that many people were actually paying attention to prior to his father's decision to run for president, but it's pretty clear that Trump's eldest child has a history of making some seriously questionable remarks on social media. Late night host Stephen Colbert unearthed one of those tweets Thursday, according to The Independent, in which Trump Jr. asked, "Hypothetical question? Can my 2 year old get in trouble [for] sexual harassment for asking his teacher to come to his place naked after school?"

In the context of the some of the other baffling and/or inappropriate tweets peppered throughout his feed, it seems as though Trump Jr. at least intended for the comment to be a clever joke. But to pretty much everyone else on the internet, it rightly came off as both strange and super unsettling. It's safe to say then, that Colbert pretty much spoke on behalf of everyone when he retweeted it and asked, "Non-hypothetical question: are you insane?"

Ad failed to load

If I were going to try to give Trump Jr. the benefit of the doubt here, I could maybe argue that he grew up in a strange, highly-privileged bubble, and seems to generally consider himself much more knowledgeable about, well, everything, than he actually is. Combine that fact with his attempt to be a proud and outspoken right-wing conservative, and you get unfortunate posts like the one he shared on Instagram back in October, in which he "joked" about taking his daughter's Halloween candy away to teach her about socialism. It didn't take very long at all before people jumped in to point out that he clearly doesn't understand how socialism works (and, perhaps, that he also doesn't really understand how Halloween works either). But even if we were to look beyond his poorly executed attempts at clever social commentary, his sexual harassment tweet still stands out in a category of its own.

Ad failed to load

While a few commenters appeared to try to defend the comment ("People, he said 'hypothetical'"), many of the responses expressed concern over the tweet's potentially-serious implications. For one, even if the comment wasn't based on anything specific, it's still unsettling to think that any parent would find that funny, let alone funny enough to post on social media:

Ad failed to load

Others saw the 2011 tweet as a reflection of comments made by his father in years past:

Ad failed to load
Ad failed to load

It's pretty hard to determine what Trump Jr. was thinking when he posted the comment, or what it was actually based on, but some also wondered if the post might be concerning for reasons beyond just simply being in poor taste:

Ad failed to load

But even in the best case scenario — that the tweet was just a failed attempt at a joke, and that it didn't mean anything more than that at all — the reality is still that he obviously doesn't consider sexual harassment to be something worthy of taking seriously (which, if that's the best case scenario, is pretty disheartening to say the least).

Ad failed to load

Unfortunately, that's not exactly surprising given some of his other past tweets. Although Trump Jr. has deleted a number of his more controversial tweets, BuzzFeed captured many of them for posterity in 2016, including one from 2011 in which he wrote, "At Vanessa's baby shower. Last time I was in a room with so many women there was a disco ball and a main stage if u know what I mean ;)." And in another now-deleted tweet from 2011, he wrote, "If [you're] a boob guy this whole lactation thing is amazing the sports bra the wife is wearing is losing the containment battle!!!" (charming).

Inappropriate tweets aren't the only source of controversy for Trump Jr. though. Concerns about his connections with Russia during the election, as well as his correspondence with WikiLeaks, have meant that the president's son will be expected to testify in front of the House Intelligence Committee on Dec. 6, according to CNN (though Trump Jr. has denied any wrongdoing).

Ad failed to load

Even though, unlike his sister Ivanka Trump, Trump Jr. isn't officially involved in his father's administration, the fact that he speaks out so fervently in support of his policies — and the fact that he doesn't hesitate to hit back when someone questions his positions — makes his social media presence significant. But unlike some of Trump Jr.'s political commentary, the reality is that his 2011 sexual harassment tweet is one that would stand out regardless of whether Trump had ever ran for president.

Given that he's a parent (and, really, just a person in general), it's concerning and, well, straight up weird that he'd post a comment like that, even if he meant for it to be a joke. While it hopefully has nothing to do with his actual parenting abilities (he may very well be much different in his private, family life than he appears on social media), it's one of many tweets that at least suggests that he doesn't have a particularly high opinion of women. And while that's not exactly surprising based on his lineage, it is something he certainly deserves to be criticized for.

Ad failed to load
Must Reads

10 Reasons Why I Won't Apologize For Giving My Toddler A Pacifier

My first child had no interest in a pacifier. I tried a couple times to get him to take one, but he always spat them out and gave me an incredulous, judgmental look. But my second? It was love at first suckle. And after a while, the incredulous, judg…
By Jamie Kenney

Being A Dog Parent Prepared Me For Having A Baby, Really

I’ve always wanted kids; I was never as sure about raising a puppy. Then I spent six months living with someone who brought home an eight-week-old golden retriever puppy, and I see no way to make it out of that experience claiming not to love dogs. I…
By Heather Caplan

20 Of The Most Popular Unisex Names Of All Time, That You'll Be Hearing More Of For Sure

You might think of unisex names as a fairly recent trend, but the truth is these versatile monikers have been commonly used throughout history (well, some more commonly than others). That's why the team over at recently compiled a list of t…
By Jacqueline Burt Cote

How To Have A Date Night With No Babysitter, Because It's Easier Than You Think

After having children, many couples feel that their love lives immediately go out the window, but it's so important to make your romantic life a priority so both you and your partner can be the best versions of yourselves you can be. As we all know, …
By Abi Berwager Schreier

9 Ways Baby No. 3 Made My Family Feel Complete

My husband and I decided to have another baby right after we got married and, well, we had no idea what we were getting into. I got pregnant right away, endured a high-risk pregnancy, and, before I knew it, my third baby had arrived. Together, we emb…
By Steph Montgomery

8 Stereotypes About New Dads That Are *Totally* True

Much like new mothers, new fathers have a lot on their plate. Parenting can be scary and complex, especially at first and regardless of your gender. People want to do right by their kids, after all. And since all new parents are a hot mess, dads are …
By Priscilla Blossom

8 Differences Between Being Pregnant In Your 20s Vs 30s, According To Science

Whether you're planning a pregnancy, or just thinking about your future family, it's typical to think about things like child-spacing, how many kids you want, and when to start trying to conceive. When making your pro/con list, you might also conside…
By Steph Montgomery

16 Moms Share Remedies For Their Most Intense Chocolate Cravings During Pregnancy

For better or worse, pregnancy is usually synonymous with odd cravings. Sure, there are the stereotypical combos like pickles and ice cream that plague gestating women the world over, but there are other mind-boggling combinations, too, including but…
By Candace Ganger

Putting Sunscreen On Your Kid Doesn't Have To Be A Fight — Here's How To Do It

I am almost translucent, so me and sunscreen are basically besties at this point. Even though my children are beautifully deep brown thanks to my husband's genetics, I still slather them like biscuits being buttered because I refuse to take risks wit…
By Cat Bowen

7 Things A Mom Really Means When She Says She Doesn't Want Anything On Mother's Day

Every year my family asks me what I want for Mother's Day, and every single year I tell them the same thing: Nothing. So, by now, they know that when I say "nothing" I absolutely do not mean "nothing." In fact, there are more than a few things a mom …
By Candace Ganger

19 Moms Share The Way They Cured Their Pregnancy Comfort Food Cravings

I was obnoxiously sick during the first trimester with, "lucky" for me, both of my pregnancies. For the first three months I lived on saltines, lemonade, and fresh bread. Once I was able to eat, however, all I wanted was savory and sweet comfort food…
By Dina Leygerman

8 Fascinating Facts About Babies Born In May, The Luckiest Month Of All

The height of all things fresh and springy, May is an excellent month to have a baby. It's a time of growth, graduations, and outdoor celebrations. And these fascinating facts about May babies will give you more reasons than ever to appreciate childr…
By Lindsay E. Mack

I Used To Judge Formula-Feeding Moms — Until I Became One

The other patrons in the hip Brooklyn restaurant probably couldn’t care less what I was feeding my baby, but I’ll always remember the shame I felt as I quickly mixed up his bottle of formula in front of them. I admitted to my childless friend that I …
By Katherine Martinelli

7 White Lies It’s Necessary To Tell To Keep Your Relationship Healthy

Telling lots of lies typically isn't associated with a healthy, strong, lasting relationship, and that's still certainly true, but not all lies are exactly the same. Though you've probably heard from someone at least once or twice that the lie they t…
By Lauren Schumacker

The Skinny Jeans That Saved Me Postpartum

Accepting my post-pregnancy body is hands-down one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done. It’s something that I still work on every single day. During my first pregnancy, I was 20 years old, so I managed to bounce back quickly. In fact, I dropp…
By Allison Cooper

7 Ways Your Baby Is Trying To Say They Feel Safe

In those first weeks of new motherhood, it can feel like you need an interpreter for your newborn. With their limited means of communication, figuring out what message your baby is trying to get across to you can be a challenge. With time, however, y…
By Kimmie Fink

Here's Why Dogs Are Obsessed With Babies' Poop, According To Science

Most family dogs seem to understand babies, and they're more than happy to make friends with the newest member of the pack. It's adorable... for the most part and until you go to change your little one's diaper. Suddenly, you're wondering why dogs ar…
By Lindsay E. Mack

6 Signs You're Meant To Have A Big Age Gap Between Kids

There's a five year age difference between my two children, to the day. Their age gap wasn't planned but, for a variety of reasons, works well for our family. And since I was so focused on having a second baby, I totally overlooked the signs that wou…
By Candace Ganger

Here's How To Introduce Your Pet To Your Baby & Make Everything As Calm As Possible

Our home, which we lovingly refer to as “the funny farm,” is filled with four-legged family members. We have two crazy beagles and two cat jerks, and boy are they loved and spoiled. (As they should be.) But we are now finally having a baby of our own…
By Abi Berwager Schreier

Here's The Right Birth Method For You, According To Your Zodiac Sign

If you're pregnant, you've probably given childbirth some serious thought. Some moms-to-be prepare a meticulous birth plan, while others are comfortable just going with the flow. And me? Well, I made a plan... but that plan was useless when faced wit…
By Steph Montgomery

My Dog Knew I Was Pregnant Before My Family Did

Growing up, I was 100 percent sure I'd be a mom one day. To a dog, that is. My baby plans came later. And once my husband and I were sure we wanted both a dog and a baby, we'd add to our joint dog-and-baby name list over Sunday brunch or on date nigh…
By Melissa Mills