Donald Trump Jr. compared the refugee crisis to poisoned candy on Monday night.
Trump Jr. wrote, "If I had a bowl of skittles [sic] and I told you just three would kill you. Would you take a handful? That's our Syrian refugee problem."
His father, Donald Trump, has repeatedly called for "extreme vetting" of refugees coming into the United States, suggesting that they are involved in violent attacks on Americans and around the world.
Skittles responded by saying: "Skittles are candy. Refugees are people."
This isn't a new aspect of the Trump campaign. Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence suggested "political correctness" was hindering the fight against ISIS on Monday.
The kinds of rhetoric and language that Mr. Trump has used is giving aid and comfort to our adversaries.
The Trump campaign has implied political correctness includes failing to identify refugees as possible ISIS sleeper agents, despite the fact that there is no evidence to support that claim.
On the other hand, Hillary Clinton said the elder Trump's divisive rhetoric inspired terrorist groups.
Seattle Times reporter Mike Rosenberg crunched the actual numbers.
Meanwhile, President Obama is scheduled to speak Tuesday at the United Nations General Assembly, holding a "refugee summit," arguing that despite the adoption of a non-binding plan on Monday, the world needs to do more to help global refugees.
Clinton called racists deplorable, and it led to a media freak out. Trump Jr. called refugees skittles. Can we expect proportional response?— Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) September 20, 2016
Many Twitter users were incensed at Trump Jr.'s remark.
Some saw a connection to Trayvon Martin.
The tweet concept seemed strikingly similar to a 2014 pro-feminist tweet.
Some encouraged further action from Skittles.
Others wanted a stronger condemnation.
trump jr's 'would you eat a bowl of skittles if only three were poisoned' meme is a pretty good argument for disbanding all police forces— Saladin Ahmed (@saladinahmed) September 20, 2016
And others turned the reference on its head.
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