A tweet from the son of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump compared Syrian refugees to Skittles.
The post, made by Donald Trump Jr., said, “If I had a bowl of skittles and I told you just three would kill you. [sic] Would you take a handful? That’s our Syrian refugee problem.”
He captioned the post with, “Let’s end the politically correct agenda that doesn’t put America first.”
Donald Trump Jr. tweet: Presidential nominee’s criticized for social media post
As reported by CNBC, the tweet caused outrage among the social media community. Many users criticized the business mogul’s son for not taking the refugee crisis seriously. The issue is currently the central subject of a United Nations summit in New York.
One of the several responses to Trump Jr.’s tweet was from President Barack Obama’s chief speechwriter Jon Favreau, who posted the picture of the young Syrian refugee boy covered in dirt after being rescued from a bomb affected building.
Presidential nominee Trump has leaned towards banning refugees from Syria, saying there needs to be “extreme vetting” to ensure nobody who is a threat to the United States is allowed to enter the country, as reported by Politico.
On Monday, during the UN’s Summit for Refugees and Migrants in New York world leaders adopted a “New York Declaration” as part of which they will address the ongoing Syrian crisis. The UN said the current migration crisis has caused more people to escape their motherlands than any time since World War II.
According to Think Progress, as many as 50 million children currently remain displaced – a number that amounts to one in every 45 kids in the world. Majority of these children fled their homes due to wars and global unrest.
A candlelight vigil was conducted on Sunday in New York City by a group of children forced to escape their homes, calling for world leaders participating in the UN Summit to take into consideration the needs of the children as well.
“One thing I want people to remember is that all children are basically the same, no matter where they come from,” one of the children in the vigil said. “Children are children and they shouldn’t have to deal with adult problems.”
According to United Nations refugee agency, refugee children are fives time more likely not to go to school than the global average for the same. A new report issued by the agency reveals that “only half of refugee children have access to primary education, compared with a global average of more than 90 per cent.”
The number drops as children become older: while only 22 percent of refugee children attend secondary school, the global average for the same is 84 percent. With regard to universities, only one percent of refugees pursue higher education, with a global average of 34 percent.
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) September 19, 2016
— Drew Harwell (@drewharwell) September 20, 2016