The Note: Skittle Scandal

September 20, 2016, 9:11 AM


--TRUMP JR. COMPARES SYRIAN REFUGEES TO SKITTLES: Donald Trump Jr., son of the Republican presidential nominee, took to Twitter on Monday to publish a graphic that likened Syrian refugees to Skittles, ABC’s JASMINE WHITTINGTON notes. The graphic asked the question: “If I had a bowl of skittles and I told you just three would kill you. Would you take a handful?” The image, he explains, “says it all” when it comes to describing what he called “our Syrian refugee problem.” The tweet drew both sharp criticism and support in the form of responses, retweets and online comments. The uproar led Mars Incorporated, the parent company of the manufacturer of Skittles, to issue a statement. Mars. Inc. tweeted, “Skittles are candy; refugees are people.” Hillary Clinton's traveling spokesman, Nick Merrill, retweeted Trump Jr. saying: "This is disgusting."

--HOW CLINTON AND TRUMP HAVE REACTED TO TERROR ATTACKS: The weekend blasts in New York City and New Jersey have provided another example of how Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton respond in times of crisis. A review of some of the biggest attacks at home and abroad during the presidential race shows a strategic mix of consistency and adjustments for both nominees. ABC’s MEGHAN KENEALLY analyzes the response to six attacks during the campaign cycle:

--ANALYSIS -- ABC’s RICK KLEIN: Donald Trump may have finally ended the birther issue that Hillary Clinton didn’t start. And – notwithstanding his aides’ efforts to keep the Clinton claim alive – memories of Trump’s actions in pronouncing himself finally convinced of President Obama’s birth status may survive a bit longer than Trump calculated. Trump’s words so clearly contradicted his past actions – and they were very public actions – that you’re hearing the “L” word applied to his statements quite a bit more since Friday. Enter Stephen Colbert: “We’re not crazy, we were there,” he said Monday on his show. “We all saw you do it. Even the people who support you saw you do it, it’s why they support you.”


HAPPENING TODAY -- OBAMA TO MAKE FINAL UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY ADDRESS AS PRESIDENT. President Obama is set to address the United Nations General Assembly today for his eighth and final time as president, ABC’s JORDYN PHELPS notes. Previewing the speech in a conference call with reporters, White House national security adviser Ben Rhodes said the speech will be an opportunity for the president to both “review some of the progress that's been made over the last eight years,” while also addressing the “great deal of unease about a range of issues” remaining before the international community today. “I think the way the president will approach this is trying to apply what we have done that's worked in the last eight years as a template for how we deal with other crises,” Rhodes told reporters Friday, pointing to the Paris climate agreement and Iran nuclear deal as specific examples of international cooperation that the White House views as successes.



TRUMP BEMOANS 'AMAZING HOSPITALIZATION' FOR NEW YORK BOMBING SUSPECT. Speaking at a campaign rally in Florida, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump expressed frustration with the 'amazing' treatment alleged New York area bomber Ahmad Khan Rahami will receive in the hospital. After thanking law enforcement officials for Rahami’s quick apprehension, Trump bemoaned the excellent care he expects the accused culprit to receive while in custody, writes ABC’s VERONICA STRACQUALURSI, ADAM KELSEY, CANDACE SMITH and JOHN SANTUCCI. "Now we will give him amazing hospitalization. He will be taken care of by some of the best doctors in the world," said Trump.

CLINTON ACCEPTS THAT MILLENNIAL VOTERS STILL HAVE 'QUESTIONS’ ABOUT HER. In this final stretch before Election Day, the Clinton camp is setting its sights on the youth. The Democratic presidential nominee yesterday held a millennial-focused campaign event at Temple University in Philadelphia, ABC’s LIZ KREUTZ notes, where she made her pitch to the voting bloc that has been unwilling to fully rally behind her. "Even if you are totally opposed to Donald Trump, you may still have some questions about me. I get that," Clinton, in a moment of self-reflection, told the crowd of 300 people. "And I want to do my best to answer those questions.”

TERRORIST ATTACKS WILL LIKELY IMPACT 2016 PRESIDENTIAL RACE, EXPERTS SAY. The various connected bombings in New York and New Jersey coupled with the stabbing at a mall in Minnesota has renewed interest in how the presidential candidates will handle national security. Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have both spoken out in the wake of the attacks, which left dozens injured. John Cohen, a former counter-terrorism coordinator for the Department of Homeland Security, said he believes that the various terrorist attacks that have occurred during the campaign "have a significant impact" on voters. ABC’s MEGHAN KENEALLY has more:

IVANKA TRUMP MEETS WITH SPEAKER RYAN IN NEW YORK CITY. Ivanka Trump met privately with House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, Monday in New York City, sources confirmed to ABC News. Trump, who requested the meeting, attended Ryan's speech at the Economic Club of New York before the two had a scheduled meeting, reports ABC’s BENJAMIN SIEGEL. Ryan shared some of his experiences from the 2012 presidential campaign trail and Trump provided Ryan with an update on her father's presidential campaign, according to a source.

NOTED: IVANKA TRUMP RECEIVING HER OWN SECRET SERVICE PROTECTION. Ivanka Trump now has her own Secret Service protection, sources familiar with the matter tell ABC News. Before now, Trump's adult children only received protection while physically near the candidate. But Ivanka Trump will now receive Secret Service protection assigned to her directly. Earlier this month, Chelsea Clinton received her own Secret Service protection, as well. Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump still do not have their own protection, as of the latest information, write ABC’s TOM LLAMAS, JOHN SANTUCCI and CANDACE SMITH.

DEBATE PREP -- THE FIRST PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE IS JUST A WEEK AWAY. Monday marked the one-week mark ahead of the first of the three presidential debates during the 2016 campaign and the candidates are gearing up. The Commission on Presidential Debates announced yesterday the broad topics that are slated to be covered during the first debate: America's Direction, Achieving Prosperity and Securing America. The topics were selected by the moderator, Lester Holt of "NBC Nightly News," but are "subject to possible changes because of news developments," notes ABC’s MEGHAN KENEALLY.



@ShorensteinCtr: Tonight, 6pm: Panel on Trump, Clinton, 2016 Election w/ @bobschieffer & @AnnCompton - join in person or watch online 

@FiveThirtyEight: Our latest polls-only forecast gives Trump a 41% chance to win the presidency: 

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@TexasTribune: .@DanPatrick warns @TedCruz he’d be left "in the rearview mirror" of the GOP if he didn't endorse @realDonaldTrump: 

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