donald trump in bowl of Skittles
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Skittles found itself in news headlines and all over social media this week after Donald Trump Jr. mentioned the candy in a Tweet on behalf of the Trump campaign about the dangers of Syrian refugees.

A spokesperson for Skittles then responded to the controversial comment, briefly:

While Skittles maintains that it's not trying to use the incident for marketing purposes, the brand is getting a ton of attention, with the #Skittles hashtag popping up in social media comments from the right and left wing alike. This is hardly the first time a mainstream consumer brand has suddenly found itself in the media spotlight thanks to a high-profile mention in politics. Here are some other examples.