David Kittos, the photographer behind the featured bowl of skittles, spoke out against the image and pointed out that he is a refugee himself. He told the BBC that Trump Jr. used the image without granting permission prior to use.
"In 1974, when I was six years old, I was a refugee from the Turkish occupation of Cyprus, so I would never approve the use of this image against refugees,” Kittos said, according to BBC .
The "poisoned candy" metaphor has been going around for years, often used to suggest that bad people hide among the good. Trump Jr. is bringing up a harmful, racist and faulty metaphor for a situation that requires precisely the opposite.
Wrigley, a division of Mars and the company behind Skittles, issued a statement following the tweet.
"Skittles are candy; refugees are people. It's an inappropriate analogy," the statement read.
People have been speaking out against the hate on Twitter.