September 20th, 2016 – Donald Trump Jr. was able to get Skittles to the top trending spot on Twitter last night, and not because they decided to change green back to the original lime flavor. Instead, Skittles got roped into the refugee debate as Trump Jr. tweeted out a meme that compares a bowl of potentially poisoned rainbow candies to the Syrian refugee crisis. The son of, and close advisor to, the Republican nominee believes that the Skittles meme “says it all.”
The meme quickly went viral and has now been retweeted almost 20,000 times. With the official Trump/Pence logo and the “Make America Great Again” slogan also included on the meme, Trump supporters proudly shared it out of support for the campaign’s position on immigration. They also defended the analogy and doubled down on the belief that nobody would really want to take the risk of being poisoned. Former congressman turned radio host, Joe Walsh, even reminded Trump Jr. that he had made that point a month ago.
But on the other side of the Skittle, people were outraged that a comparison had been made between a candy and a person. The anti-Trump crowd has long fought against the heated rhetoric of the damage that can be done when the U.S. accepts refugees. Jon Favreau, a former chief speech writer for Obama, put a child’s face on Twitter instead of a bowl of candy to make his argument.
Other people took the time to create their own analogies and memes, reiterate that these refugees are fleeing oppression and war, and some brought a little levity to the debacle by sending thoughts and prayers to the poor social media intern in charge of the @Skittles handle.
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. We don’t know the odds of another candy analogy being brought into this year’s election, but we’re open to your guesses.
Also let us know if you thought Donald Trump Jr.’s Skittles meme was Funny or Offensive.