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Trump's son compares Syrian refugees to lethal candies, triggers online outrage

In a company statement, Wrigley, the maker of Skittles, criticised Trump Jr's tweet comparing the rainbow-coloured candies to the refugees. Photograph: (Others)

Washington, DC, United States Sep 21, 2016, 04.38 AM (IST)
Donald Trump's eldest son sparked an online storm on Tuesday as he compared Syrian refugees to lethal candies reiterating his father's hardline stance on immigration. 

Donald Jr, who is one of the surrogates of Republican presidential candidate, posted a tweet on the microblogging website saying:  "This image says it all," The picture showed a white bowl filled with the popular, rainbow-colored Skittles candies.
Written above the image is: "If I had a bowl of skittles and I told you just three would kill you, would you take a handful? That's our Syria refugee problem." 

"It is too dangerous to welcome migrants when a tiny number of them could later launch attacks,"  he stressed. 

In a company statement, Wrigley, the maker of Skittles, criticised Trump Jr's tweet 

"Skittles are candy. Refugees are people. We don't feel it's an appropriate analogy," the official statement read. 

The statement also triggered an online outrage as some users posted heart-wrenching pictures of Syrian refugees. 

Meanwhile, Trump has repeatedly warned of the risks posed by Syrian refugees, citing the arrival in Europe of Islamic State operatives disguised as simple refugees. 

On Tuesday, the Republican candidate called them a dangerous "Trojan horse" who enter the country with the aim of doing harm, is inextricably linked to his meteoric political rise.

"It's just a plain fact that our current immigration system makes no real attempt to determine the views of the people entering our country. We have no idea who they are, what they think," he said in a speech at High Point University in North Carolina.

The real estate tycoon also renounced the "open borders" that he said his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton advocated as secretary of state, blaming her for the rise of the Islamic State group.

(WION with inputs from AFP) 
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