In an attempt to define the problem of immigration and the alleged dangers of too much immigration his father has been campaigning on, which includes banning members of the Muslims faith from entering the U.S., Donald Trump tweeted a photo of a bowl of Skittles and these words on the night of September 19th.
“If I had a bowl of Skittles and I told you that just three would kill you would you take a handful? That’s our Syrian refugee problem.”
“This image says it all. Let’s end the politically correct agenda that doesn’t put America first. #trump2016,” the son of the GOP nominee then tweeted after the photo.
The message arrives on the same day that the FBI, the NYPD and Police Linden, NJ tracked down and arrested an accused lone wolf terrorist who allegedly detonated a bomb on 23rd Street in New York on the night of September 17th.
“Skittles are candy. Refugees are people. We don’t feel it’s an appropriate analogy,” a spokesperson from Wrigley, the company that created the popular candy, said in a statement.
Much like the communication habits of his father, Donald, Jr. daffy message was lacking in deep thinking and basic common sense.
“1. Put aside dehumanizing horror of the skittles analogy (but don’t). The picture overstates the risk ~60,000-fold,” tweeted Fordham Law Professor John Pfaff about Donald, Jr’s thin attempt at logic.
“Fatality risk rate implied by this ad: an instant rate of about 6%. Empirical terrorism fatality rate in US: about 0.0001% per year,” said Joseph Nathan Cohen, Sociologist at CUNY Queens College.
“Cato report reportedly estimates risk of refugee-inflicted terror death at 1 in 3.64 billion,” Cohen added.
While the Skittles message may seem relatively benign given that candy is involved, one has to wonder what other biased logic exists in the minds of team Trump.