Skittles is gently pushing back against an analogy used by Donald Trump Jr., in which he compared Syrian refugees to a bowl of the rainbow-colored candy.
“If I had a bowl of skittles and I told you just three would kill you. Would you take a handful? That’s our Syrian refugee problem,” read the text of an image—emblazoned with the Donald Trump/Mike Pence campaign logo—that Trump Jr. tweeted on Monday night.
“This image says it all,” the son of the Republican presidential nominee wrote.
In a statement, Wrigley, the parent company for Skittles, said the analogy was not appropriate.
“Skittles are candy. Refugees are people. We don’t feel it’s an appropriate analogy,” said Michelle Green, a spokeswoman for Wrigley. “We will respectfully refrain from further commentary as anything we say could be misinterpreted as marketing.”
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