Donald Trump Jr. thought he was being insightful when he posted a meme to his Twitter account in which he compared Syrian refugees to a bowl of Skittles. Instead, the son of Donald Trump has been blasted as an inconsiderate racist bigot, even getting called out by the candy company.
Comparing (or simplifying) a humanitarian crisis is disgusting. A war zone affecting the lives of 13 million men, women, and children can’t be compared to an analogy involving candy. The makers of skittles quickly wrote a response. “Skittles are candy. Refugees are people,” a spokeswoman for the candy’s parent company, Wrigley, said in a widely distributed statement. “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.”
The Washington Post pointed out, the bowl of Skittles would have to be awfully large for Trump’s analogy to be accurate: The odds of being killed by a refugee in a terrorist attack are about 1 in more than 3.6 billion, according to a recent Cato Institute study. [NPR]