Donald Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr, has enjoyed a little bit more of the spotlight in recent months on his father's campaign trail.
There were these photos, seemingly to remind people that Donald Trump is a biological human capable of offspring:
Which were roundly mocked to the tune of Brett Easton Ellis' American Psycho:
An utterly apt analogy.
Trump Jr, an avid Twitter user, recently made a much worse analogy. He compared refugees to poisoned Skittles.
Firstly, his point is awful.
Last year, the Economist pointed out that of the 745,000 refugees resettled since the 11 September attacks, only two Iraqis have been arrested on terrorist charges, for aiding al-Qaeda in Iraq. In addition, Kathleen Newland at the Migration Policy Institute, a think-tank, says that refugee resettlement is the least likely route for potential terrorists.
Secondly, Skittles PR team issued a statement which is more presidential than anything Donald Trump Jr or his father have ever said in their lives:
The VP of Corporate Affairs told the Hollywood Reporter:
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.
When a company that makes sweets is setting the bar for restraint and respect in a presidential campaign, you know there's a bad influence in the race.