Trump Jr. Compares Syrian Refugees to Skittles

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Donald Trump Jr. attempted to capture the complexity of the Syrian refugee problem late Monday by likening the millions of refugees fleeing violence and certain death to a bowl of poisoned Skittles candies. In a meme sent out on Twitter, Trump Jr. asked: “If I had a bowl of skittles and I told you just three would kill you. [sic] Would you take a handful? That’s our Syrian refugee problem.” A photo of Skittles accompanied the question. Trump Jr. posted the meme with a call to “end the politically correct agenda that doesn’t put America first.” It’s unclear if the meme was created as an official campaign ad, but it did feature the “Trump-Pence 2016” logo. The meme quickly sparked a firestorm of angry responses, as well as accusations of plagiarism. Nick Merrill, a press secretary for Hillary Clinton, called the meme “disgusting.”

Washington Post reporter fired back with a photo of Omran Daqneesh, the 5-year-old boy who was famously photographed looking shell-shocked and traumatized after surviving an airstrike in Aleppo. “This is not a Skittle,” he said. A right-wing radio show host known for racist slurs, Joe Walsh, pointed out that the meme was remarkably similar to an almost identical Skittles-refugee comparison he’d made last month. Wrigley, which owns the Skittles brand, responded to the controversial post late Monday. In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, the company said, “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.” Read more at CNBC.



  1. A better question is why didn’t we create and enforce no-fly zones and do more to protect the civilians being massacred?
    Iraq and Libya have demonstrated that regime change isn’t a clean, scripted event with a good outcome guaranteed, but without taking sides in the ongoing Syrian civil war we still could have done far more to protect the innocent.

  2. Excellent point maid by Trump Jr. To those self righteous libs arguing that Syrian refugees are human beings, and not skittles, and therefore it’s OK to expose all Americans to the poisonous genocidal Islamic terrorists that will inevitably be included among the Muslim refugees, because the Syrian refugees are human beings, you see – well, aren’t Americans human beings also, with an inalienable right not to be blown up by an Islamic terrorist imported by the Democratic voter campaign.

  3. “A right-wing radio show host known for racist slurs, Joe Walsh”

    CNBC changed that wording to:

    “Meanwhile, Joe Walsh, a single-term Republican congressman from Illinois and a right-wing radio-show host who was once kicked off the air for racial slurs”

    The first wording is libelous and the second makes it seem like Joe Walsh is a racist. As an avid listener to his radio show, I can attest that the assumption one would make from this would be 100% false, and CNBC should be ashamed to have led people to think this.

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