Donald Trump, Jr. is under heavy criticism after he posted a tweet comparing Syrian refugees to Skittles candy Monday evening. His tweet contained a meme that has been circulating around social media for quite some time.
“If I had a bowl of skittles and I told you just three would kill you. Would you take a handful? That’s our Syrian refugee problem,” read the ad, which was branded with the official Trump campaign logo at the bottom.
Donald Trump Jr. added commentary that reflects his approval of the ad.
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) September 19, 2016
Immediately after the tweet went out, Donald Jr. received backlash. President Barack Obama’s former chief speechwriter Jon Favreau, responded with a picture of the 5-year-old Syrian boy whose photo went viral last month.
— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) September 20, 2016
Denise Young, VP of Corporate Affairs for Wrigley Americas, which owns Skittles, addressed Trump Jr.’s tweet in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.
“Skittles are candy. Refugees are people. We don’t feel it’s an appropriate analogy,” the statement read. “We will respectfully refrain from further commentary as anything we say could be misinterpreted as marketing.”
Hillary Clinton’s press secretary responded to Donald Jr. with criticism.
This is disgusting. https://t.co/Qygl03Cnc1
— Nick Merrill (@NickMerrill) September 20, 2016
GOP nominee Donald Trump hasn’t weighed in as of Tuesday morning.
— Malcolm Nance (@MalcolmNance) September 20, 2016
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