Whether he meant to or not, Donald Trump Jr. set off a firestorm on Twitter Monday night after comparing Syrian refugees to Skittles, blasting out a picture he declared “says it all.”
“If I had a bowl of skittles and I told you just three would kill you. Would you take a handful?” the statement read. “That’s our Syrian refugee problem.”
Trump sent out the graphic with his father’s presidential campaign’s official logo and the hashtag “#trump2016,” urging an “end” to “the politically correct agenda that doesn’t put America first.”
The term “Skittles” quickly made its way to Twitter’s trending topics and even prompted a speedy response from Mars, which owns Skittles maker Wrigley.
Mars issued a statement online, saying, “Skittles are candy; refugees are people. It’s an inappropriate analogy.”
“We will respectfully refrain from further commentary as anything we say could be misinterpreted as marketing,” said the company.
The Twitterverse, of course, was quick to add commentary of its own, with many blasting Trump and others expressing agreement with his views.
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For anyone scratching their heads at how Trump came up with the comparison, Joe Walsh, a former Republican state representative for Illinois (who also made headlines this summer for appearing to call for “war” against President Obama), later took ownership of the idea, The Guardian noted.