Donald Trump Jr, the son of the GOP Presidential nominee Donald Trump, shared his opinion on the Syrian crisis on Tuesday via a tweet comparing Syrian refugees to Skittles. Trump Jr. tweeted a graphic showing a bowl of skittles and presented it as an analogy to the Syrian refugee problem.
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) September 19, 2016
The son of the presidential hopeful compared the Syrian refugee problem to having a bowl full of Skittles and knowing that three of those were poisoned. “Would you take a handful? That’s our Syrian refugee problem,” the graphic read as a final statement. Trump Jr. tweeted the picture with a logo of the Trump & Pence campaign along with the following message: “This image says it all. Let’s end the politically correct agenda that doesn’t put America first. #trump2016.”
The tweet immediately met with a lot of backlash from the opposition party and even some celebrities. One of President Barack Obama’s former staff members, Jason Sparks, tweeted back photos of Syrian refugee children to Trump Jr. and wrote “These aren’t Skittles, @DonaldJTrumpJr.”
— Jason Sparks (@sparksjls) September 20, 2016
Musican John Legend also fired shots at the Trump campaign over Trump Jr’s tweet: “There’s a tiny chance that anyone could be a murderer. Get rid of everyone now!!! #trumplogic.” Legend who has been one of Trump’s biggest critics throughout his campaign also retweeted another post with the photo of the little boy from Aleppo that had gone viral earlier this month and has become the de-facto face of the whole Syrian crisis.
There's a tiny chance that anyone could be a murderer. Get rid of everyone now!!! #trumplogic
— John Legend (@johnlegend) September 20, 2016
Obama’s former speechwriter, Jon Favreau, also tweeted the viral photo of the boy from Aleppo and asked: “Hey @DonaldJTrumpJr, this is one of the millions of children you compared to a poisoned Skittle today.”
— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) September 20, 2016
The spokesman for the Clinton campaign, Nick Merrill, also commented on Trump Jr.’s tweet. He retweeted the post with the message “This is disgusting.”
This is disgusting. https://t.co/Qygl03Cnc1
— Nick Merrill (@NickMerrill) September 20, 2016
The Trump campaign, which has made its disgust for political correctness well known, has naturally made no comments on these backlashes. Trump Jr.’s public comments have however met with a lot of backlash recently. Only last week he received widespread criticism for making a “gas chamber” reference while arguing that the media had been unfair to his father in comparison to their coverage of the Clinton. He had made the following comment:
“They’ve let her slide on every discrepancy, on every lie, on every DNC game trying to get Bernie Sanders out of the thing. I mean, if Republicans were doing that, they’d be warming up the gas chamber right now. It’s a very different system — there’s nothing fair about it”
And in the wake of the recent bombings in New York City by a naturalized US citizen of Afghani background, Trump has only reiterated some of his controversial policies, including racial profiling by the police. Speaking on Fox News on Monday, Trump pointed out how Israel had used racial profiling and “done an unbelievable job”.
“Our local police — they know who a lot of these people are. They are afraid to do anything about it because they don’t want to be accused of profiling.”
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