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Donald Trump Jr. stole that Skittles image from photographer who fled Middle East as child refugee

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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Why key Senate Republicans should be terrified as Trump drags the party down

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Incumbent Republican senators in swing states and blue states find themselves caught between a rock and a hard place. On one hand, criticizing President Donald Trump can result in a burdensome GOP primary battle; on the other hand, being perceived as pro-Trump can be the kiss of death in places where Trump is unpopular. And according to a report by Eli Yokley for Morning Consult’s website, things aren’t getting any better for incumbent GOP senators who are considered vulnerable in the 2020 election.

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‘It was nutso’: Devin Nunes reportedly made himself look ridiculous by obsessing over the Steele Dossier in Ukraine hearing

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While the House Intelligence Committee is spearheading impeachment with its investigation into President Donald Trump’s Ukraine scandal, it seems Republican Rep. Devin Nunes of California can’t stop obsessing about the Steele Dossier.

According to the Daily Beast, the ranking member of the committee launched into an exchange during the closed impeachment inquiry hearings about the dossier on Thursday with Gordon Sondland, the ambassador to the European Union who is at the center of the Ukraine scandal. He was a point person in Trump’s efforts to get the Ukrainians to announce an investigation into the 2016 election as well as former Vice President Joe Biden in exchange for favorable treatment from the White House.

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Trump was ‘yelling and screaming’: Reporter says GOP source fears Trump is ‘not in control of himself’ — and getting even worse

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CNN correspondent Jamie Gangel reported Thursday that Republicans at the contentious White House meeting the previous day featuring President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi were deeply alarmed by the GOP leader’s behavior and demeanor.

Citing a Republican source, who reportedly conferred with others who attended the meeting, said they were “completely shaken” and “shell shocked” by the president.

Pelosi and fellow Democrats had tried to make that point publicly on Wednesday, saying that Trump had a “meltdown,” went on a “diatribe,” and was insulting to the House speaker. Pelosi added that she was also concerned about the president’s “health.” But at least in public, some Republicans tried to turn the tables on Pelosi, saying it was she who behaved inappropriately by walking out of the meeting. However, even these Republicans didn’t really deny that Trump was acting bullying and insulting toward the speaker.

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