UPDATE: In true Trump family fashion, instead of apologizing for egregiously comparing Syrian refugees to poisonous Skittles, Donald Trump Jr. has defended his actions.
"People will today make what they want of anything and they see the worst in everything and they look for subtext that doesn't exist," Trump told reporters on Thursday after a fundraiser. "For me, I guess I'm a straightforward guy. I don't deal in microagression, where it takes a special kind of person to find whatever message they're looking for."
He tried to solidify his point further by claiming he was making a "statistical" comparison, not a literal one.
"If a metaphor offends someone then maybe that's the world in which we live today, but I'm not comparing someone to candy," Trump said. "It's a statistical thing. We have to be careful about who we let into this country."
Be that as it may, the analogy still totally misses the mark considering that the odds of an American being killed in a terrorist attack committed by a refugee is one in 3.64 billion a year, according to CNN.
Of course, he wouldn't be the first Trump to use skewed or false statistics to prey upon Americans' fears.
Update: On Twitter, Donald Trump Jr. recently compared Syrian refugees to a bowl of poisonous Skittles. Haaretz reported that the candy's parent company, Wrigley Americas, responded to his tweet on Tuesday morning.
Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Denise Young, said in a statement, "Skittles are candy. Refugees are people. We don't feel it's an appropriate analogy. We will respectfully refrain from further as anything we say could be misinterpreted as marketing."
The man who posted the copyrighted photo of the Skittles to Flickr back in January 2010 also chimed in against Trump Jr.'s Nazi-era reference which wrongly criminalizes Syrian refugees.
In an unexpected plot twist seeping with irony, the photographer, British resident David Kittos, told BBC that he, in fact, was a refugee. Kittos explained he did not want to have anything to with the Trumps or their racist politics.
Kittos said, "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."
The photographer may or may not sue the Trump family for stealing his photo, but hasn't decided yet, Los Angeles Times reported. He said, "This was not done with my permission, I don't support [Trump's] politics and I would never take his money to use it."
If Kittos does in fact press charges against Trump, his legal pursuit will undoubtedly receive much public support.
In an appalling attempt to dehumanize and demonize Syrian refugees, who are risking their lives to flee their war-torn country in search for a safe haven, Donald Trump Jr. likened them to a bowl of Skittles.
The Republican presidential nominee’s son prompted well-deserved criticism online after posting a graphic comparing the beleaguered people to poisonous candy. The image also featured the official Trump logo, which the bigoted business mogul shares with his running mate, Mike Pence.
Moreover, it appears it was not even billionaire son’s own idea — the graphic language was allegedly inspired by of former Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh, a former Tea Party congressional representative who is now a conservative radio talk show host.
The tweet sparked a controversy online, with one social media user even labeling Trump Jr. a “refugee from human decency.”
@DonaldJTrumpJr thanks for posting the dumbest thing I've read on the internet today— Rob Leathern (@robleathern) September 20, 2016
@DonaldJTrumpJr Skittles are terrible, your analogy is terrible, and you are terrible.— Jonah Keri (@jonahkeri) September 20, 2016
@DonaldJTrumpJr you're a refugee from simple human decency.— A????.??Ko?f???ord (@apelad) September 20, 2016
People aren’t Skittles. pic.twitter.com/1sksSTSRG8— Amanda Bower (@heyprofbow) September 20, 2016
The Twitterati were also quick to show Trump Jr. the real humans behind his nonsensical Skittles meme — including the photo of 5-year-old Omran Daqneesh, whose dazed and bloodied image after an airstrike in Aleppo left millions heartbroken across the world.
Skittle. pic.twitter.com/TXjqcVMhLH— emily nussbaum (@emilynussbaum) September 20, 2016
Not a skittle. pic.twitter.com/tdblKkjB9L— Robyn Barry (@robynleeB) September 20, 2016
To Trump & sons these PEOPLE who bleed, struggle, & feel loss every day are worth no more THAN A F*CKING SKITTLE pic.twitter.com/mfG6aRLS8y— Caitlin The Scammer (@InfiniteCaitlin) September 20, 2016
This kind of rhetoric, though disgusting, isn’t entirely surprising coming from the son of the man who proposed banning all Muslims from entering the country and has repeatedly targeted immigrants in his speech.
On Monday morning, while speaking about the bombings in New York and New Jersey, Donald Trump suggested police weren’t vigilant enough about ethnic and religious profiling. His logic: “Our country’s been weak” regarding immigration.
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