The bowl of candy that Donald Trump Jr. used to illustrate his infamous Skittles tweet was stolen from a Middle Eastern refugee.
The eldest son of the Republican presidential candidate used the photo to make a fallacious argument in support of his father’s proposed ban on Muslims.
Trump argued that no Syrian refugees should be permitted into the U.S. if any of them posed a potential security threat, using a theme pulled from Nazi propaganda and white supremacist memes.
He also used an image without attribution that was taken by a British photographer who fled the Turkish occupation of Cyprus in 1974, when he was 6 years old, with his parents, reported BBC.
David Kittos said he woke up Tuesday morning to find his photo, which he shot in 2010 and posted under copyright protection on Flickr, had become a major story in the U.S. presidential campaign.
“This was six years ago when there were no Syrian refugees at the time, and it was never done with the intention of spreading a political message,” said Kittos, who is now a British citizen.
The 48-year-old Kittos said he’s never offered the photo for sale, and he would never agree to sell it to Trump.
He would like for the Trump campaign to delete the image, but he’s not sure he has the patience to wage a legal battle against the GOP candidate.
“This isn’t about the money for me,” Kittos said. “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.”