Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Trump defends racial profiling in wake of bombs, Trump Jr. Equates Syrian Refugees to Skittles


It did not take long for presidential candidate Donald Trump to try to capitalize on the arrest of suspected bomb suspect and violence in Minnesota

CNN reports that Trump reiterated his support for racial profiling by police to protect national security. "Our local police -- they know who a lot of these people are. They are afraid to do anything about it because they don't want to be accused of profiling," Trump pointed to how Israel used profiling and "done an unbelievable job."

On the same day, Donald Trump Jr., the Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's son, tweeted a graphic on Tuesday that likened Syrian refugees to Skittles, which was swiftly met with criticism.  "This image says it all. Let's end the politically correct agenda that doesn't put America first. #trump2016," he tweeted, with a graphic that said: "If I had a bowl of skittles and I told you just three would kill you. Would you take a handful? That's our Syrian refugee problem."  The graphic had an official Trump logo that the Republican nominee shares with his running mate, Mike Pence.


UPDATE (9/21);  Zachary Crockett on VOX ("Donald Trump Jr.'s terrorist-Skittle analogy is completely wrong") identifies a fundamental error in Trump Jr.'s Skittles analogy:  "A report released last week by the Cato Institute measured the risk to Americans posed by refugees. The report found that an American’s chances of being killed by a refugee in a terrorist attack in any given year are 1 in 3.64 billion. America’s murder rate — at 4.5 per 100,000 capita — is about 163,800 times higher."



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