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.”
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) September 19, 2016
As Breitbart’s Charlie Spiering previously reported, the tweet sent leftist social media users — including Hillary Clinton campaign workers — into paroxysms of outrage.
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