Hey Donald Trump Jr., the next time you tweet a wildly inaccurate anti-refugee graphic, don’t swipe the work of an actual former refugee in the process.
The son of the GOP presidential nominee lit up the internet Monday when he tweeted an image comparing Syrian refugees to poisonous Skittles.
“If I had a bowl of skittles and I told you just three would kill you,” the image read. “Would you take a handful? That’s our Syrian refugee problem.” The graphic included the Trump-Pence insignia and the phrase “Make America Great Again!”
It also included a photograph of a bowl of Skittles. In a wildly ironic twist, photographer David Kittos — who told BuzzFeed his photo was used without permission — was a refugee himself as a young child.
“I am now a British citizen but I am Greek-Cypriot by birth and in 1974 I was a refugee because of the Turkish occupation,” Kittos told the BBC.
Kittos, who was 6 years old when he went to the U.K., also told the BBC that he doesn’t “support Trump’s politics and I would never take his money to use it.”
Though Trump Jr. hasn’t clarified how the image got to him, Kittos posted the photo on his Flickr account in 2010. He labeled the photo “all rights reserved,” indicating that he did not grant permission for others to use the photo without his consent.
Had the Trump campaign or Trump Jr. wished to pay for an image, they could have purchased similar Skittles photos on Shutterstock at the cost of two for $29.