When it comes to the Trump family, the apple (or should that be Skittles?) doesn’t fall far from the tree.
Donald Trump Jr decided to do his bit for #Trump2016 in the early hours of the morning by tweeting out an ill-advised meme comparing Syrian refugees to Skittles.
“If I had a bowl of Skittles and I told you just three would kill you. Would you take a handful?” the graphic said.
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) September 19, 2016
This is just the latest in a long line of spectacular blunders for the Trump campaign, which has included threatening to build a wall between the US and Mexico and branding the people of the latter country “criminals” and “rapists”.
Skittles owners Wrigley issued a classy response to the dunderhead comment.
“Skittles are candy. Refugees are people. We don’t feel it is an appropriate analogy,” the company said in a statement. “We will respectfully refrain from further commentary as anything we say could be misinterpreted as marketing.”
Considering Skittles once ran with the following slogan, it’s easy to see why they’re completely ‘off-brand’ with Trump Jr’s views.
Every stranger is just a friend you haven’t met who might share their Skittles with you.
— Skittles (@Skittles) August 20, 2011
Social media reacted angrily to the political meme, understandably tearing Trump Jr apart for his comments, which probably wasn’t an original thought in the first place.
Conservative radio host Joe Walsh tweeting out the following:
Hey @DonaldJTrumpJr, that's the point I made last month.
Glad you agree. pic.twitter.com/Nssw6KC1HY
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) September 20, 2016
Elsewhere, Twitter has been dealing with the news the only way it knows how: with gags, GIFs, and bafflement.
Here are a selection of the best Skittle-related tweets:
By that logic, you would take everyone's guns away. Because someone is gonna kill somebody at some point. But I guess that doesn't count. https://t.co/3BraX0Ew19
— John Legend (@johnlegend) September 20, 2016
To recap, Trump wants Americans to hate:
1. Free speech
2. Due process
3. Medical care for criminal suspects
— Hend Amry (@LibyaLiberty) September 20, 2016
Based on actual odds of getting killed by terrorist refugee, you'd need 10.8 billion skittles to find 3 killers https://t.co/Ba5HNFhvM1
— Mike Rosenberg (@ByRosenberg) September 20, 2016
The fact that we are waiting for @skittles to respond to a presidential candidate's son is one of the least weird things about this election
— devin faraci (@devincf) September 20, 2016
Like piece of shit father, like piece of shit son. https://t.co/KHZRCANKa4
— Reza Aslan (@rezaaslan) September 20, 2016
— Nish Weiseth (@NishWeiseth) September 20, 2016