Donald Trump Jr. on Monday posted a meme that compared refugees to a bowl of candy laced with poison. Warning: Some of these images are graphic.
1. Donald Trump Jr. on Monday posted a meme promoting his father’s campaign for president that compared Syrian refugees to a bowl of deadly Skittles.
“If I had a bowl of skittles and I told you just three would kill you. Would you take a handful?” the meme reads. “That’s our Syrian refugee problem.”
The message was a play on a rhetorical device that sometimes uses poisonous M&M’s. It’s also been applied to groups of people, most recently Syrian refugees. If a few people in the group are bad, it’d be foolish to trust anyone in that group, some argue.
In particular, the meme posted by Trump took language from a tweet by conservative radio host Joe Walsh last month.
2. The metaphor might work for poisonous candy, but people on Twitter pointed out that refugees are not Skittles.
— Jason Sparks (@sparksjls) September 20, 2016
— Nick Spencer (@nickspencer) September 20, 2016
— American Putz (@Americaputz) September 20, 2016
People are not snakes or other animals. People are not Skittles or other foods. People are people.
— Sam Sanders (@samsanders) September 20, 2016
Even if we did bring in a few bad Skittles – and there's no evidence we do – you take that risk to save these Skittles, you monstrous dope. pic.twitter.com/KpA7Mnl8Nm
— Rex Huppke (@RexHuppke) September 20, 2016
If I had a bowl of skittles and was told three of them could go to school, get educated and cure a disease, I'd absolutely take a handful.
— Cristela Alonzo (@cristela9) September 20, 2016
— Disquiet (@disquietlycalm) September 20, 2016
9. Donald Trump has said allowing refugees into the US would put Americans at risk of more terrorist attacks. And earlier on Monday, he again called for suspending immigration from some countries.
“We should temporarily suspend immigration entering from regions where safe and adequate screening cannot occur,” Trump said. “We want people to come into our country, but they have to come legally, through a process, and we need extreme screening.”
“This isn’t just a matter of terrorism, this is really a question of quality of life,” Trump continued. “We want to make sure we’re only admitting people into our country who love our country, we want them to love our country, and we want them to love our people.”
Candy company Mars Inc. responded by calling the statement “an inappropriate analogy.”
— Mars, Incorporated (@MarsGlobal) September 20, 2016
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