Donald Trump Junior followed in his father's footsteps yesterday, igniting controversy with a tweet drawing an analogy between Skittles and Syrian refugees.
“If I had a bowl of skittles and I told you just three would kill you. Would you still take a handful?” the Trump branded picture said, “that’s our Syrian refugee problem.”
Donald Trump, initially proposing a ban on all Muslim immigrants, currently has a policy of 'extreme vetting' and a ban on all migration from areas of "high terrorist activity", such as Syria.
Trump Junior's use of the Skittles analogy provoked a swift and terse response from Skittles.
“Skittles are candy. Refugees are people. We don’t feel it’s an appropriate analogy,” Vice-President of Corporate Affairs Denise Young said in the statement.
“We will respectfully refrain from further commentary as anything we say could be misinterpreted as marketing,” Young said.
Trump Junior's tweet has been slammed by other social media users, with Trump Senior firing back at those critical of the metaphor.
US online outlet Vox ran the figures to show just how large a bowl of skittles would have to be to make the analogy accurate.
Vox relied on a report by the Cato institute, a libertarian think-tank, which found that an American’s chances of being killed by a refugee in a terrorist attack in any given year are 1 in 3.64 billion.
But the Trumps aren't the only ones to raise the issue of terrorists potentially using record-high refugee flows as cover.
In testimony to the Senate armed services committee earlier this year, US General Philip Breedlove said that the ISIS terror group is “spreading like a cancer” among refugees which could be "masking the movement" of terrorists.
“We are talking about needles in haystacks,” Bill Frelick from Human Rights Watch told The Guardian at the time.
“It’s not to say that there aren’t dangerous needles in those haystacks, but overwhelmingly we’re talking about people who are seeking protection and bear no ill will, and I would say in fact bear gratitude to anyone who’s willing to help them,” he said.
Frelick said the NATO commander was looking at the issue "through a military prism."