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Trump Jr. tweet compares Syrian refugees to poisoned Skittles

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My parents were Skittles.

Growing up, I didn't know this.

I thought they were just survivors of Stalinist labor camps who couldn't return home after the war because their homes were suddenly in the USSR.

I'm grateful, therefore, to Donald Trump Jr. for correcting my delusions.

In a tweet on Monday, the Republican nominee's first son offered an image with a caption.

The image was of a bowl of Skittles. The words declared: "If I had a bowl of Skittles and I told you just three would kill you. Would you take a handful? That's our Syrian refugee problem."

Above it, the junior Don wrote: "This image says it all. Let's end the politically correct agenda that doesn't put America first."

The elder Trump, of course, has strongly opposed allowing Syrian refugees into the US.

For some, the punctuation might have said it all. However, the reactions to this tweet said a few things too.

Some reminded that the Trumps are descended from immigrants -- the Drumpfs, no less.

Some posted harrowing pictures of refugees with captions such as: "This is the equivalent of a red Skittle in your analogy."

But what does Skittles think, I hear you asking.

"Skittles are candy. Refugees are people. We don't feel it's an appropriate analogy," a Skittles spokeswoman told me. She said that Wrigley, Skittles' owner, wouldn't comment further in case this be misinterpreted as marketing.

As it turns out, the image used was actually created by, oh, a refugee. As the BBC reports, it was taken by UK-based photographer David Kittos, who, at 6 years old, left Cyprus when it was under Turkish occupation. He's a Greek-Cypriot.

The image, it seems, was posted to KIttos' Flickr account with an All Rights Reserved copyright notice.

"I have never put this image up for sale. This was not done with my permission. I don't support Trump's politics and I would never take his money to use it," Kittos told the BBC.

The poisoned Skittles analogy isn't even originally Trump Jr's.

Former congressman and now talk radio host Joe Walsh was at multicolored pains to point out that he used the image last month. Walsh is the sage who tweeted a threat of war against President Barack Obama after five police officers were shot to death in Dallas in July.

Perhaps we shouldn't care where the analogy began. Perhaps we should care more about yet another tweeted descent into the infernal depths, where intelligent thoughts are burned before they're spoken.

It's not easy being the son of a Skittle, you know.

I feel my whole world has now been colored by that one seminal fact.

Am I really blue or red? Am I yellow or green? Why did my parents never tell me?

First published September 19 at 10:36 p.m. PT.
Update September 20 at 11:52 a.m. PT: Added information about the photographer.