Donald Trump Jr., who failed to win the hearts of Millennial voters with his creepy sibling group shot, was back at it on Twitter last night, making a grotesque analogy that likened people in need to poisoned candy.
Looking at this tweet, you might groan at the number of retweets. But remember, Twitter doesn’t distinguish between those retweeting in support, and those retweeting with context that tells Trump what an idiotic, racist, fear-mongering asshat he is. Like this one from Raising Hope’s Shannon Woodward:
These numbers are astronomically off. I think the Jr's skipped the math portion of the schooling. https://t.co/JtlftwwJGv— shannonwoodward (@shannonwoodward) September 20, 2016
Ultimately, Trump Jr. succeeded in making his message viral. But as with the sib pic, the meme was quick to turn against him.
Panic about the skittles, but you're more likely to be killed by the Kit-Kat bar you're dating, or the Swedish fish you're related to.— EmilyAnneR (@EmilyAReinhardt) September 20, 2016
If I told you that Starbursts robbed my neighbors, and Gushers murdered my family, would you still take a handful— Dani Fernandez (@msdanifernandez) September 20, 2016
"Skittles: Deport the rainbow." - Trump/Pence pic.twitter.com/6vTaPt7DQQ— OhNoSheTwitnt (@OhNoSheTwitnt) September 20, 2016
Next we'll learn that most Tropical Skittles are rapists.— Louis Virtel (@louisvirtel) September 20, 2016
Feel like people throwing Skittles at Trump is how this is going to end, and not really feeling sad about that.— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) September 20, 2016
skittles are bad but they didn't deserve this— Deaux (@dstfelix) September 20, 2016
It even hit that point where you didn’t need to mention Trump or Skittles to clock DJTJ’s hateful tweet.
LEAVE THE CANDY OUT OF THIS— Joe Reid (@joereid) September 20, 2016
Man, the rancid apple does not fall far from the tree.— John Legend (@johnlegend) September 20, 2016
Some felt for the poor bastard in charge of Skittles’ social media:
.@Skittles how pissed are you guys right now?— Bill Dixon (@BillDixonish) September 20, 2016
Skittles PR team staring at Twitter rn pic.twitter.com/lCWaho0C6O— Marcus Gilmer (@marcusgilmer) September 20, 2016
Others took this moment to get real.
By that logic, every human should be killed. https://t.co/x9jytwl9eN— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) September 20, 2016
If you think the choice of Skittles is accidental here, you haven't seen the George Zimmerman alt right fan memes. pic.twitter.com/OlZoMgHkze— Bob Schooley (@Rschooley) September 20, 2016
if I had a nation full of assault weapons & told you just three would be used in mass shootings this week would you- pic.twitter.com/VJV5PWkwcQ— Saladin Ahmed (@saladinahmed) September 20, 2016
Actually, every one of those Skittles is vetted by 7 diff US security agencies and also Trump is garbage for politicizing victims of war. pic.twitter.com/BPqldbJrTt— Miles Kahn (@mileskahn) September 20, 2016
THIS. This is what Goebbels did. He dehumanized Jews. He reduced people into objects for which there was a "solution." Beyond appalling. https://t.co/9vVYa4A318— pajiba (@pajiba) September 20, 2016
Good point pic.twitter.com/SIiFmjVfc2— Daniel Lin (@DLin71) September 20, 2016
Early this morning, Skittles did respond, and with more class than the Trumps have managed to muster during their entire campaign.
Kristy Puchko can’t wait until November.