Donald Trump Jr causes outrage with ill-advised Skittles tweet

The Trump campaign won't be tasting the rainbow...

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Taste the rainbow Skittles want nothing to do with Donald Trump Jr. Image Picture Creative Commons

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.

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.

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:

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:

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