Donald Trump Jr. stole his Skittles photo from a former refugee.

Donald Trump Jr. stole his Skittles photo from a former refugee.
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On Monday night, Donald Trump's eldest son made his father proud with a dumb, awful tweet comparing human refugees to Skittles candy. Now it turns out that without refugees, Donald Jr. wouldn't have a photo of Skittles for his meme.

Donald Jr. isn't just guilty of reducing humans to sugar balls, but also stealing the photo from Flickr.

"This was not done with my permission, I don't support his politics and I would never take his money to use it," David Kittos, the photographer behind the bowl of Skittles, told the BBC.

"In 1974, when I was six-years old, I was a refugee from the Turkish occupation of Cyprus so I would never approve the use of this image against refugees."

As a former refugee himself, Kittos is disturbed by his photo being appropriated by the Trump campaign.

"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," he explains, "I was six years old. We lived in the area of Cyprus that is now under Turkish military control. We had to leave everything behind overnight. Our property and our possessions."

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The photo of the bowl of Skittles was lifted from Kittos's Flickr page—he holds all the rights, and didn't even put that particular picture up for sale.

He is currently deciding whether or not to take legal action against the Trump campaign:

I was thinking about getting lawyers involved but I don't know if I have the patience.This isn't about the money for me. They could have just bought a cheap image from a micro stock library. This is pure greed from them. I don't think they care about my feelings. They should not be stealing an image full stop.

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Donald Trump Jr. needs to think about the people behind the candy. Or at the very least, subscribe to a stock photo service.

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