The Trump Camp on Tuesday responded to the backlash against Trump’s son for a controversial tweet that he sent comparing Syrian refugees to a bowl of poisoned Skittles.
Jason Miller, senior communications adviser to the campaign told NBC News that “Don Jr. has been a tremendous asset to the campaign.” The campaign issued a statement praising Trump Jr. and referring to Jr.’s statement said “speaking the truth might upset” some people.
Trump campaign on Trump Jr.’s use of refugees and Skittles comparison: "Speaking the truth might upset" some. pic.twitter.com/cmVthwb2gM
— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) September 20, 2016
The campaign also said in the statement that the U.S. has become “less safe under Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.” It also called Mrs. Clinton’s plan to increase Syrian refugees that will be let into the country by 550% “a dangerous proposal that will put American lives at risk.”
The statement continued, “Speaking the truth might upset those who would rather be politically correct than safe, but the American people want a change, and only Donald Trump will do what’s needed to protect us.”
Donald Trump Jr. started a firestorm by tweeting a meme which compared refugees to poisoned Skittles.
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) September 19, 2016
Donald Trump added to the meme by saying that “This image says it all. Let’s end the politically correct agenda that doesn’t put America first.”
Donald Trump has received significant backlash for lacking empathy as well as being “tone deaf” and for not understanding a very complicated problem. Social media users have been anything but understanding. By and large, Don Jr. has been roundly criticized.
Trump Jr.’s tweet and the campaign’s support are just the latest on a long list of actions which opponents have used to call the campaign and Mr. Trump himself a racist and isolationist. Trump is clearly sending out a message defining his campaign and drawing very definite lines regarding his views of immigrants, as well as minorities giving voters a very clear choice in November.