Mom Goes Viral After Keeping Trump Presidency Hidden From Her Son for Past Four Years

One mother's apparent social media post has some adults questioning her parenting skills, because she admitted to lying to her child about who has been president for the past four years.

That's right: As far as this woman's child knows, President Donald Trump isn't in the White House right now, and he never took office.

In a lengthy message originally posted in a Binders Group on Facebook, a woman claimed that she's led her 6-year-old son to believe that President Barack Obama is still president despite the fact that No. 44 hasn't been in office for nearly an entire presidential term. The message surfaced on Twitter on Saturday and caught the attention of liberals, conservatives and just plain concerned parents, many of whom feel that the mom was wrong for going through such length to keep the existence of Trump's presidency from her child.

Mom Lies to Son About Trump
U.S. President Donald Trump golfs at Trump National Golf Club on December 13, 2020, in Sterling, Virginia. Al Drago/Getty Images

"It's still 2008 in my home. That is, my 6-year-old son assumes Obama is president, he knows Biden is president-elect, but he has no idea Trump exists—which is a deliberate parenting choice I made that spun aa little out of control over the past four years," the woman's post reads. "In 2016, I deliberately shifted the way my family consumes information. I swapped all of our print subscriptions for digital, keeping headlines far from the eyes of my curious son. During our morning commute, I changed the channel from NPR to indie music. We stopped watching TV news entirely."

She then explains in the post: "I thought the election was a mistake that would soon be corrected, and I'd never have to tell my child about Trump until much later—but that didn't happen."

The unidentified mother then goes on to admit that her "lie of omission" spiraled to a point where she couldn't figure out a way to clean it up with the truth. Despite keeping her child in the dark, she noted that "it's been nice" living in a household where "all of the noise and tweets and scandals don't exist."

"It feels like I have some control in a chaotic world," the post reads.

So this was posted in a binders group and I—wow. pic.twitter.com/xy0qYd49ch

— dont call me cruton (@jenidelao) December 19, 2020

Some people on Twitter—who, of course are going to weigh in on how a complete stranger is parenting their child—feel that the mom's efforts have been destructive to her son's well being.

"She just completely destroyed her son's ability to trust his parents about anything, starting as soon as he has a single unsupervised conversation with anyone outside the house. I hope she doesn't keep him locked away out of a sense of self-pity," one Twitter user wrote.

She just completely destroyed her son's ability to trust his parents about anything, starting as soon as he has a single unsupervised conversation with anyone outside the house. I hope she doesn't keep him locked away out a sense of self-pity

— chicken salmon? (@big_microbe_) December 19, 2020

I love the people reacting this angrily but in the form of "Stop snitching!" and not "This person should not be a parent."

— Yves Saint Low Rent (@Mumford_N_Puns) December 19, 2020

"What a long and drawn out way to say 'Trump's presidency and the fact that he was able to get elected into the office in the first place has had zero effect on my life and I can simply pretend it's not real,'" tweeted another.

what a long and drawn out way to say "trump's presidency and the fact he was able to get elected into office in the first place has had zero affect on my life and I can simply pretend it's not real"

— trash girl (@tequeenla) December 19, 2020

"The weirdest part for me is that she clearly just put herself in denial for four years and is trying to claim that she needed to do it to hide the news from.... a two-year-old," one person wrote on Twitter.

The weirdest part for me is that she clearly just put herself in denial for four years and is trying to claim that she needed to do it to hide the news from.... a two-year-old.

— It's A Wonderful Schneid (@SchneidRemarks) December 19, 2020

Wow yikes. Like I kind of get the initial impulse because he was small at the time. (If he’s six now was he two?) but to continue it is.... icky.
Though living in a trumpless world sounds lovely

— 𝕱𝖆𝖙 𝕱𝖊𝖒𝖎𝖓𝖎𝖘𝖙 𝖂𝖎𝖙𝖈𝖍 (@FatFemnistWitch) December 19, 2020

Another wrote: "I didn't think I'd have to tell my child about Trump until much later'????? Lol he was 2 you literally could choose to never talk about it with him, without tuning *yourself* out to the news. He don't care he just wants you to put some Peppa Pig on."

There was at least one person who wished they could have lived the past four years in a Trump-less bubble, too, though.

"I have no idea what a 'Binders group' is but I sure wish I could be this mom," someone tweeted in response. "I have followed the news these past 4 years like my life depended on every move that Trump and his administration made. It has been truly exhausting."

I have no idea what a "Binders group" is but I sure wish I could be this mom. I have followed the news these past 4 years like my life depended on every move that Trump and his administration made. It has been truly exhausting.

— Marsha Mood (@MarshaMood) December 19, 2020