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Trump Jr.'s anti-refugee tweet used picture taken by refugee

The presidential candidate's son drew swift attention on social media when he tweeted a photo of Skittles to offer his interpretation of the refugee issue.

The Trump name was yet again embroiled in controversy when Donald Trump Jr. tweeted on Monday a picture comparing refugees to Skittles.

In an amazing twist of irony, the BBC reports that the Skittles picture was taken by David Kittos, a 48-year-old refugee. Kittos, currently living in the UK, was a refugee from Turkey's 1974 occupation of Cyprus.

"This was not done with my permission, I don't support his politics and I would never take his money to use it," he told the BBC. Kittos uploaded the picture to Flickr in 2010.

Trump Jr.'s tweet earned the ire of many on social media, with people calling the comparison insensitive or worse. The reaction wasn't entirely one-sided, though, with some defending Trump Jr.'s tweet.