Donald Trump Jr. Compared Refugees To Rainbow Skittles And It Was A Damn Mess

The photo he stole was taken by a refugee, for one. 

By Eric Shorey

What's worse than a dumpster fire? A beached whale explosion? A garbage truck pile-up? That's what this election is.

The latest example of political detritus espoused during this campaign comes from Donald Trump Jr., who tweeted the following poorly constructed metaphor about refugees, terrorists, and candy:


Haha, no.

I'm not even going to go into the reasons why this is a bad tweet, because that gives this stupid ass statement too much credit.

What is worth noting is that a spokesperson for Skittles responded to the controversy: "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."

Similarly, the artist who shot the image used by the Trump scion is, himself, a refugee: "This was not done with my permission, I don't support his politics and I would never take his money to use it," David Kittos told the BBC.  "In 1974, when I was six years old, I was a refugee from the Turkish occupation of Cyprus so I would never approve the use of this image against refugees."

"I was just experimenting with something called off-camera flash," Kittos said of the now viral image. "This was six years ago when there were no Syrian refugees at the time and it was never done with the intention of spreading a political message."

"I would like the Trump campaign to delete the image, but they are probably not interested in what I have to say," he added.

How many more days until the election? 

Oh Jesus.


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