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Wrigley Fact-Checks Trump Jr. Meme: ‘Skittles are Candy, Refugees are People’

Wrigley — the company behind the popular Skittles brand — responded to Donald Trump Jr.’s use of an analogy involving the candy to illustrate a point about the Syrian refugee crisis in a statement on Tuesday.

“Skittles are candy. Refugees are people. We don’t feel it’s an appropriate analogy,” Wrigley Americas vice president of corporate affairs Denise Young told the Hollywood Reporter in a statement.

“We will respectfully refrain from further commentary as anything we say could be misinterpreted as marketing,”Young added.

Trump Jr.’s tweet sent the left into a frenzy on Monday night and Tuesday.

“If I had a bowl of skittles and I told you just three would kill you. Would you take a handful?” he wrote on Twitter. “That’s our Syrian refugee problem.”

As Breitbart’s Charlie Spiering previously reported, the tweet sent leftist social media users — including Hillary Clinton campaign workers — into paroxysms of outrage.

 

Follow Daniel Nussbaum on Twitter: @dznussbaum

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