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Politics PopWrapped | Politics

Donald Trump Jr. Compares Refugees To Candy

Kristina Atienza | PopWrapped Author

Kristina Atienza

09/26/2016 11:04 am
PopWrapped | Politics
Donald Trump Jr. Compares Refugees To Candy | Trump Jr
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Donald Trump Jr. has gone viral because of Skittles.

The Republican presidential candidate's son has become the center of attention after he tweeted an image of Skittles on Monday night. The image was referencing a popular meme where the image asks, "If I had a bowl full of Skittles and I told you three would kill you, would you take a handful?" Trump Jr. added, "That's our Syrian refugee problem."

Since the tweet, there has been both support and opposition to Trump Jr.'s analogy. Shortly after, Wrigley Americas, Skittles' parent company, released a statement on their stance on the controversial tweet.

"Skittles are candy. Refugees are people," stated Vice President of Corporate Affairs Denise Young. "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."

Not only did Trump Jr. reference Skittles without the support of the company, but he also didn't get permission from the image's photographer, David Kittos, who is a refugee himself.

"In 1974, when I was 6 years old, I was a refugee from the Turkish occupation of Cyprus, so I would never approve the use of this image against refugees," said Kittos. "We had to leave everything behind overnight. Our property and our possessions."

Kittos would also refuse payment from Trump's campaign because he doesn't support the candidate's political stance.

"This is pure greed from them," continued Kittos. "I don't think they care about my feelings. They should not be stealing an image full stop."

The Trump campaign has stood in support of the controversial tweet because they view Trump Jr. as a "tremendous asset to the campaign":

"America has become less safe under Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, and Clinton's planned 550% increase in Syrian refugees is a dangerous proposal that will put American lives at risk," said senior communication adviser Jason Miller. "Speaking the truth might upset those who would rather be politically correct than safe, but the American people want a change, and only Donald Trump will do what's needed to protect us."


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