Skittles Responds to Donald Trump Jr.’s Tweet Comparing Poisoned Candy to Syrian Refugees
It's safe to say Donald Trump will NOT taste the rainbow any time soon.
On Monday (September 19), the GOP nominee's son, Donald Trump Jr., shared a meme that likened a bowl containing poisoned Skittles to Syrian refugees in an attempt to argue against admitting those seeking asylum from the war-torn nation into the United States.
"If I had a bowl of skittles [sic] and I told you just three would kill you. Would you take a handful?" the graphic read, while Trump Jr. commented, "This image says it all. Let's end the politically correct agenda that doesn't put American first. #trump2016"
The offensive message did not go over well—least of all with Wrigley Americas, Skittles' parent company who, on September 20, issued a terse response to their brand being dragged through the mire of Trump's campaign.
In a humane statement obtained by the Hollywood Reporter, Skittles' VP of Corporate Affairs Denise Young responded to Trump's message by writing "Skittles are candy. Refugees are people. We don’t feel it’s an appropriate analogy. We will respectfully refrain from further commentary as anything we say could be misinterpreted as marketing."
To add insult to injury, it turned out the quote in Trump Jr.'s tweet wasn't even an original thought: Former Illinois congressman Joe Walsh shared a similar statement back in August, tweeting, "If I had a bowl of Skittles and told you 3 of them would kill you: Would you eat a handful? No? This is our refugee problem."
Hours after Trump Jr. posted, Walsh called him out, writing, "Hey @DonaldJTrumpJr, that's the point I made last month. Glad you agree."
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