As the world continues to grapple with the Syrian refugee crisis—a global calamity born out of a war that has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives, displaced millions of families, and wholly decimated a nation—Donald Trump Jr., the son of the Republican nominee for president, is here to help us understand how the situation in Aleppo could potentially threaten American lives. You see, it all comes down to Skittles, and Trump Jr. has the infographic to prove it
"If I had a bowl of Skittles and told I told you just three would kill you. Would you take a handful?" the image, posted to Twitter and featuring an official Trump-Pence logo, reads. "That's our Syrian refugee problem."
"This image says it all," Trump Jr. added in his tweet. "Let's end the politically correct agenda that doesn't put America first."
Correct, this is not. The statement comes just days after Donald Trump congratulated himself for "calling" the fact that the blast in New York City over the weekend was a bombing. The suspect, who was captured on Monday following a shootout with authorities, is not a Syrian refugee. Instead, he is a naturalized citizen living in Elizabeth, New Jersey, who came to this country with his asylum-seeking father.
But beyond all that, the graphic mimics a popular Republican talking point this election cycle, one that grossly exaggerates the threat Syrian refugees pose to American security. As the Huffington Post points out, a report published by a conservative-leaning think tank last week found that the odds of an American being murdered by a refugee are 1 in 3.64 billion per year.
Following, Trump Jr.'s tweet, pundits, celebrities, and former White House staffers took to social media to challenge the logic presented in the graphic, often posting photos of a bloodied child from Aleppo who has come to represent the human toll of the war in Syria.
Mars Candy, the company that owns Skittles, also released a statement distancing itself from the claims made in the Trump graphic.
[via Huffington Post]