Trump Jr. says Skittles tweet was about risk

FILE - In this Tuesday, July 19, 2016 file photo, Donald Trump, Jr., son of Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump, lifts his fist after speaking during the second day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. The son of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has been floated as a possible mayoral candidate after his speech in support of Trump at the Republican National Convention last week in Cleveland. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
FILE - In this Tuesday, July 19, 2016 file photo, Donald Trump, Jr., son of Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump, lifts his fist after speaking during the second day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. The son of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has been floated as a possible mayoral candidate after his speech in support of Trump at the Republican National Convention last week in Cleveland. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump Jr. says he was being straightforward and not dabbling in “microaggression” when he compared Syrian refugees to a bowl of poisoned Skittles candy in a tweet earlier this week.

The eldest son of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said Thursday in Boise, Idaho, that he’s surprised by the reaction because he viewed the post as raising concern about properly vetting people coming to the United States. He said it takes a special type a person to find a message that isn’t there.

Trump Jr. tweeted a picture of a bowl of Skittles with the warning: “If I had a bowl of skittles and I told you just three would kill you, would you take a handful?” Monday’s tweet went on: “That’s our Syrian refugee problem.”

Roughly 20 people holding signs and Skittles protested outside the event in Boise, which has more Syrian refugees than Los Angeles and New York City combined.

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