Trump Jr. Compares Syrian Refugees to Skittles [VIDEO]

Donald Trump Jr. attempted to capture the complexity of the Syrian refugee problem late Monday by likening the millions of refugees fleeing violence and certain death to a bowl of poisoned Skittles candies. In a meme sent out on Twitter, Trump Jr. asked: β€œIf I had a bowl of skittles and I told you just three would kill you. [sic] Would you take a handful? That’s our Syrian refugee problem.” A photo of Skittles accompanied the question. Trump Jr. posted the meme with a call to β€œend the politically correct agenda that doesn’t put America first.” It’s unclear if the meme was created as an official campaign ad, but it did feature the β€œTrump-Pence 2016” logo. The meme quickly sparked a firestorm of angry responses, as well as accusations of plagiarism. Nick Merrill, a press secretary for Hillary Clinton, called the meme β€œdisgusting.” A Washington Post reporter fired back with a photo of Omran Daqneesh, the 5-year-old boy who was famously photographed looking shell-shocked and traumatized after surviving an airstrike in Aleppo. β€œThis is not a Skittle,” he said. A right-wing radio show host known for racist slurs, Joe Walsh, pointed out that the meme was remarkably similar to an almost identical Skittles-refugee comparison he’d made last month. Wrigley, which owns the Skittles brand, responded to the controversial post late Monday. In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, the company said, β€œSkittles are candy. Refugees are people. We don’t feel it’s an appropriate analogy. We will respectfully refrain from further commentary as anything we say could be misinterpreted as marketing.”