During presidential elections, tensions rise. Scandal can be caused by anything. A poor choice of words, fainting from the heat, or in this case, a tweet about candy.
Donald Trump Jr., the “child” (I believe he’s actually a young clone bred in a secret lab) of presidential candidate Donald Trump has recently caused commotion on social media by equating Syrian refugees to a poisoned bowl of Skittles:
Yes, I would probably take the risk. Skittles are delicious!
Moving on, however, this tweet had unexpected blowback as people got really angry about it. The BBC reports: But following the tweet by the Republican presidential candidate’s son, the company that owns Skittles, Wrigley, stepped in.
“Skittles are candy. Refugees are people,” said Denise Young, vice-president of corporate affairs for Wrigley America.
“We don’t feel it is an appropriate analogy,” she added. “We will respectfully refrain from further commentary as anything we say could be misinterpreted as marketing.”
There has been no reaction from Donald Trump’s campaign.
But Nick Merrill, Hillary Clinton’s travelling press secretary, earlier tweeted that Donald Jr’s post was “disgusting”.
In a tongue-in-cheek article, Washington Post journalist Philip Bump did some calculations around Donald Jr’s statement, using data showing that the annual chance that an American would be murdered by a foreign-born terrorist was 1 in 3,609,709.
Based on his sums, it would take about one and a half Olympic swimming pools of Skittles in order to find three killers.
It was also later revealed that the picture of the Skittles was used without the photographer’s permission. The photographer, by the way, was also a former refugee! I wonder what flavor of Skittle he is…