Usually, the challenge with talking to kids about politics is giving them room to form their own views, but in 2016 the problem is more direct: is Donald Trump suitable for children? That question became more pronounced after the tapes of him bragging about his ability to grope women without consequences emerged, and his subsequent decision to go nuclear at the debate. Here are 27 parents (they weren't hard to find) who took to Twitter to express their dismay that this election is now rated R.
Son asked to watch the debate with me.— Dr. Michael Bitzer (@BowTiePolitics) October 9, 2016
As a political scientist: I want the next generation to appreciate politics.
I can’t let him watch.
My son wants to watch the debate with us tonight. He's 8. I can't even explain the zillion reasons why this isn't a good idea...SO SAD.— Johanna💃🏻 Carrillo (@yoyicarrillo) October 9, 2016
Furious I can't watch this debate with my kid.— Jennifer Senior (@JenSeniorNY) October 9, 2016
So many kids that have school off tomorrow and want to watch Hillary debate but can't because of the male nominee that will be next to her.— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) October 9, 2016
I watched the first debate with my daughter, at her request.— K. Thor Jensen (@kthorjensen) October 9, 2016
She's not watching this one, at mine.
My 9 year old daughter wants to watch the debate but I worry that the topics will be unsuitable. Really sad.— Owen Burke (@owenburke) October 10, 2016
My 10yo daughter is supposed to watch the #debate 15-30 minutes for school. I'm actually too scared to allow her. That's how bad it is.— François Pesce (@JokFP) October 10, 2016
I let my 12-year-old daughter watch the last #debate. I'm not letting her watch this one.— Stephanie Clayton (@SSCJoCoKs) October 10, 2016
Sadly, this is the first debate I'm not going to let my daughter watch.— lisaling (@lisaling) October 10, 2016
So this just happened: Had to tell my 11yo son that he can't watch the presidential debate b/c the material will be inappropriate.— Cara Cannon Byington (@ccbyington) October 10, 2016
Our daughter hoped to watch the debate, But we have too much respect for her identity & selfworth for her to hear this #PresidentialDebate— Chris Cox (@chriscox121) October 10, 2016
I feel so disappointed and a little ashamed that I don’t think we can let our 11 year old son watch a debate for US President.— John Lilly (@johnolilly) October 10, 2016
Feeling pretty solid on my decision not to let the kid watch last night's debate after having raving nightmares about it all night.— Lissa Harris (@lissaharris) October 10, 2016
1st question ironic considering I just told kid she can't watch debate bc it's NC17 #STDEBATE— Dan Mihalopoulos (@dmihalopoulos) October 10, 2016
Our kid wants to watch the debate. We can't let her. Watch a presidential debate. Heckuva job GOP.— Pete Sikora (@PeteSikora1) October 10, 2016
I'll watch the debate but will send the kid upstairs to watch a movie, no chance he'll be exposed what'll likely be a low-point #imwithher— Jon Agee (@jonagee) October 10, 2016
Never thought there would be a presidential #debate I wouldn't want my kid to watch.— Queen of Hats (@thequeenofhats) October 10, 2016
It is sad that my wife and I are not allowing our 11-year-old son to watch the #debate because I am afraid of some of the potential topics.— Scott A. Schulz (@SchulzScottA) October 10, 2016
"The fact that I can't let my daughter watch the debate is all you need to know" #debate— scooter dog (@4INeedInsulin20) October 10, 2016
It's 2016 and I can't have my 11 yr old daughter in the same room to watch a debate between 2 people, for leader of the free world. #debate— Gabriel Shepherd (@gabeshep) October 10, 2016
I just had to put my child to bed instead of allowing her to watch the debate with us. Shame on you @realDonaldTrump— Valeria Luiselli (@ValeriaLuiselli) October 10, 2016
When you need to tell a child they cannot watch the presidential debate because, well, it won't be age appropriate.— Jeremy Pressman (@djpressman) October 10, 2016
Remember to practice self-care for yourself, too! It's a tough race even for adults.