People Point Out That Refugees Are Not Skittles After Donald Trump Jr. Posts Meme

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.

People Point Out That Refugees Are Not Skittles After Donald Trump Jr. Posts Meme

“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.

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.

People Point Out That Refugees Are Not Skittles After Donald Trump Jr. Posts Meme

“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.”

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