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Like father, like son.

Just when you thought Donald Trump couldn’t say anything more horrible and disgusting than he already has during this US presidential campaign season, his son, Donald Jr, has entered into the fray.

On Monday night, Donald Jr tweeted an image of a bowl of Skittles meant to represent Syrian refugees and urging people to “end the politically correct agenda that doesn’t put America first.”

The tweet quickly went viral, with Trump supporters praising it and pretty much everyone else decrying it as inappropriate and insensitive at best, dangerous and dehumanizing at worst.

Wrigley, the company that manufactures Skittles, immediately issued a statement distancing themselves from the Trump campaign.

“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.”

Others on Twitter skewered the offensive tweet as well, as the hashtag #SkittlesWelcome trended among those opposed to Trump’s anti-refugee rhetoric.

The Syrian refugee crisis has affected more than 13 million people. Countless heartbreaking images have flooded the internet, including children who have been injured in bombings and who have drowned trying to escape their war-torn country.

Syrian refugees who escaped from Kobane walking on Turkey-Syria border in Suruc. Sanliurfa, Turkey, 19 May 2014

Syrian refugees who escaped from Kobane walking on Turkey-Syria border in Suruc. Sanliurfa, Turkey, 19 May 2014. (Image via kafeinkolik / Shutterstock.com)

While many in the US have voiced their opposition to accepting Syrian refugees, many other countries, including Germany, Sweden, Australia and Canada, have welcomed thousands of refugees and continue to do so.

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