A comment from Donald Trump Jr. on Monday night comparing the Syrian refugee crisis to a bowl of poisoned Skittles has sparked criticism online and a response from the candy company.
The son of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump posted an image on his verified Twitter account that said, “If I had a bowl of skittles and I told you just three would kill you. Would you take a handful? That’s our Syrian refugee problem.” The photo also showed the Trump-Pence campaign’s logo and “Make America Great Again” slogan.
“This image says it all. Let’s end the politically correct agenda that doesn’t put America first,” Trump Jr. captioned the tweet.
The comment went viral as others commented on it and made “Skittles” a top trending topic Monday on Twitter.
Skittles’ parent company, Wrigley Americas, responded to his tweet in a statement obtained by EW. “Skittles are candy. Refugees are people. We don’t feel it’s an appropriate analogy,” said Vice President of Corporate Affairs Denise Young. “We will respectfully refrain from further commentary as anything we say could be misinterpreted as marketing.”
Others who responded online objecting to the comparison included former Barack Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau and singer John Legend. See more reactions below.