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Donald Trump Jr. Just Compared The Refugee Crisis To Skittles

The chance that an American would be killed in a terrorist attack committed by a refugee is 1 in 3.64 billion a year

On Monday, Donald Trump Jr. took to Twitter to share his thoughts on the Syrian refugee crisis. In fewer than 140 characters, Trump compared the millions of displaced Syrians to Skittles.


The tweet’s idea is simple: Don’t allow any refugees into the United States because one bad Skittle will spoil the whole bunch. Except that’s not how statistics work.

To illustrate the wrongness of this tweet, the Washington Post looked to a newly released report by the Cato Institute. The group found that each year, “the risk to an American of being killed by a refugee in a terror attack is 1 in 3.64 billion.” As the report also notes:

From 1975 through 2015, the annual chance that an American would be murdered in a terrorist attack carried out by a foreign-born terrorist was 1 in 3,609,709. Foreigners on the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) killed zero Americans in terrorist attacks, whereas those on other tourist visas killed 1 in 3.9 million a year. The chance that an American would be killed in a terrorist attack committed by a refugee was 1 in 3.64 billion a year.

So, statistically, it would take “one-and-a-half Olympic swimming pools of Skittles,” as Washington Post points out, to actually have 3 poisonous skittles.

This is not the first, nor likely the last, time candy has been used in a racist analogy. As the Associated Press reports, Mike Huckabee used peanuts in his analogy condemning refugees entering the United States during his failed presidential run last year. In fact, this isn’t the first time Trump Jr.’s very own Skittle analogy was shared, as he plagiarized the tweet from former Congressman Joe Walsh.

For its part, Skittles was quick to reply to the outrage-inducing tweet saying in a statement,

"Skittles are candy. Refugees are people. We don't feel it's an appropriate analogy. We will respectfully refrain from further commentary as anything we say could be misinterpreted as marketing."

Check out a few of the reaction’s to Trump’s tweet below.

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Anti-vaxxers are literally a plague upon society.

Thanks to them, highly contagious diseases such as measles, tuberculosis, and mumps are making a big comeback.

In fact, measles was thought to be eradicated in the US back in 2000 but there has been over 1200 cases in the U.S. this year.

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"The reason measles is coming back is that a critical number of parents have chosen not to vaccinate their children,'' said Paul Offit, director of the Vaccine Education Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, told USA Today.

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Ninety-two percent of U.S. children have received the MMR vaccine, while that number seems high, the number of children under two who haven't received any vaccinations has quadrupled in the last 17 years.

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"More and more we're seeing people opting out of vaccinations out of a feeling they're in some way dangerous, which is absolutely and completely untrue,'' Judd Hultquist, assistant professor of infectious diseases at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, told USA Today.

Anti-vaxxers' biggest fear is that vaccinations cause autism.

However, over 140 peer-reviewed articles published in specialized journals that document the lack of a correlation between autism and vaccines. Earlier this year, a study of over 650,000 children in Denmark found that the MMR vaccine didn't increase the risk of autism in children.

Even though anti-vaxxers spread contagious diseases because of their deeply-held, but incorrect, beliefs they want to be taken seriously.

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The aptly-named anti-vaxxer group Crazymothers made an appeal to the media on Twitter asking to start referring to them as "Vaccine Risk Aware."

"Dear Media," the open letter read. "Please retire the use of the term 'Anti-vaxxer.' It is derogatory, inflammatory, and marginalizes both women and their experiences. It is dismissively simplistic, highly offensive and largely false. We politely request that you refer to us as the Vaccine Risk Aware."

This inspired a flood of people to respond with their own hilarious and sometimes morbid new names for anti-vaxxers.

The tweet also inspired others to tee off on the Crazymothers for hurting children.


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