Donald Trump Jr.’s Skittles Tweet Highlights His Key Campaign Role
JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Using Skittles to make a point about “our Syrian refugee problem” didn’t go over too well with Mars Inc., but the candy maker’s rebuke of Donald Trump Jr.’s controversial tweet is hardly a first.
The eldest Trump son posted a photo of a bowl of Skittles and a caption that reads: “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.”
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) September 19, 2016
The condemnation was swift, though he appears to be standing by the sentiment and has not removed the post.
He also didn’t remove his Instagram post on Sept. 11, which was meant to be a play on Hillary Clinton’s reference to some of his father’s supporters as “a basket of deplorables.”
That photo, which he wrote was sent to him by “a friend,” replaced images from the movie “The Expendables” with pictures of Donald Trump, “alt-right” conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, “alt-right” blogger Milo Yiannopolous and other well-known Trump supporters like Gov. Chris Christie, Dr. Ben Carson and political strategist Roger Stone.
It also included a cartoon frog named Pepe, which is regularly used by “alt-right” supporters.
Donald Trump Jr. has been actively involved in his father’s campaign, both in public and in private.
He was the one to cast the convention floor vote for his father that put the Republican presidential candidate over the top and officially secured him the nomination. He also was the first of Trump’s eldest children to give a speech at the convention in Cleveland this summer, which was well-received by many in the audience.
“Donald Trump Jr. was so excellent that my brain was already thinking, ‘What should we run him for?'” Trisha Turner, the president of the New York State Federation of Republican Women, told ABC News at the time in Cleveland.
He has also played a significant role behind the scenes of his father’s campaign.
Donald Jr. was extensively involved in the vice presidential selection process, even meeting with V.P.-hopeful Christie, along with his siblings — Ivanka and Eric — who have also been active in their father’s campaign, without their father present.
In May, Donald Jr. met, on his own, with Republican officials and the National Rifle Association on Capitol Hill.
Donald Jr., who is a registered gun owner and known hunter, was actually the one to lead the negotiations with the NRA leading up to the gun rights lobbying group’s endorsing his father, sources told ABC News.
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