A tweet by Donald Trump Jr, the presidential candidate’s son, has provoked outrage.
“Don” Trump tweeted a photo with a caption comparing refugees to poisonous Skittles, the multi-coloured fruity sweets. It appeared to have been endorsed by his father’s election campaign.
The tweet echoed comments posted last month by right-wing radio talk show host Joe Walsh.
DonaldJTrumpJr</a>, that's the point I made last month.<br><br>Glad you agree. <a href="https://t.co/Nssw6KC1HY">pic.twitter.com/Nssw6KC1HY</a></p>— Joe Walsh (WalshFreedom) September 20, 2016
Wrigley, which makes Skittles, responded to a request for comment. One of its reps told The Hollywood Post’s Seth Abramovitch that “Skittles are candy. Refugees are people.”
Hillary Clinton’s press secretary reacted simply by calling the tweet “disgusting.”
This is disgusting. https://t.co/Qygl03Cnc1— Nick Merrill (@NickMerrill) September 20, 2016
Many people posted photos of child refugees, with just the slogan “Skittles.”
Skittles. pic.twitter.com/b3hwoi8qb1— Nick Spencer (@nickspencer) September 20, 2016
Skittle. pic.twitter.com/TXjqcVMhLH— emily nussbaum (@emilynussbaum) September 20, 2016
Singer John Legend argued that by the same logic, you should ban guns, as guns kill people
By that logic, you would take everyone's guns away. Because someone is gonna kill somebody at some point. But I guess that doesn't count. https://t.co/3BraX0Ew19— John Legend (@johnlegend) September 20, 2016
Legend wasn’t the only one making gun law connnections:
If I had a country full of guns, and I told you just 48 of them a day would shoot a child, wd you think refugees are the problem? #skittles— C. Dodds Pennock (@carolinepennock) September 20, 2016
Some people argued that the Trumps are the danger, not refugees:
Three very dangerous Skittles. Just takes three. pic.twitter.com/AISnm2w3L4— Dr Kelly Sennholz (@MtnMD) September 20, 2016
Others defended Trump’s tweet, saying it was just an analogy and that he had a good point, and that anyone who is offended is a politically correct liberal
ELEVEN.meme (@ChrisRGun) September 20, 2016
Donald Trump Jr's #skittles comment made PERFECT sense. Answer the damned question. Would you take a handful?— Neal Boortz (@Talkmaster) September 20, 2016
To sum it up the liberals are so insecure they will rather let Americans die from terrorism than being politically incorrect #Skittles— Exceptions rule (@Exceptions_rule) September 20, 2016
‘Mini’ Trump made the comment just days after he said the political media would be “warming up the gas chamber” if his father behaved like Hillary Clinton.
DonaldJTrumpJr</a>: We hope you understand the sensitivity and hurt of making Holocaust jokes. We hope you retract.<a href="https://t.co/jL2ZC9Z8pH">https://t.co/jL2ZC9Z8pH</a></p>— ADL (ADL_National) September 15, 2016
LISTEN TO THIS MORON DONALD TRUMP JR TALK ABOUT THE MEDIA “WARMING UP THE GAS CHAMBER” FOR REPUBLICANS! pic.twitter.com/zLF2xVKJLv— RogelioGarcia Lawyer (@LawyerRogelio) September 16, 2016
Pro-tip to Trump surrogates: If you don't want to sound like Nazis, don't make specious Holocaust references. https://t.co/WQXjyKWw6V— Steve Silberman (@stevesilberman) September 15, 2016