Trump Tweet With Star of David Draws Backlash
Accusing rival Hillary Clinton of corruption, Donald Trump sent a controversial tweet Saturday morning, invoking a six-pointed Star of David — a well-known Jewish symbol — overlaid on piles of money.
(The original tweet has since been deleted.)
The graphic appears to be photoshopped from several different elements, including a Fox News poll that found 58 percent of voters believed Clinton to be “corrupt.” It’s juxtaposed against a photo of Clinton and a riff off her own campaign statement about making history as the first presumptive female nominee of a major party.
Next to Clinton is a red six-pointed Star of David with text reading “Most Corrupt Candidate Ever!” Hundred-dollar bills are scattered in the photo behind her.
It raised the eyebrows of more than a few Twitter users, several bluntly called the tweet anti-Semitic.
Trump later tweeted an amended version of the graphic, nearly two hours after the Twitter firestorm began. The latest version uses a red circle in place of the Star of David:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 2, 2016
(h/t CBS News)
Trump has defended against accusations of anti-semitism and racism before.
When Trump addressed the Republican Jewish Coalition in December 2015, he tried to relate to the crowd by invoking the stereotype of Jews as talented and cunning business-people.
“I’m a negotiator, like you folks”
And when he said:
“You’re not going to support me because I don’t want your money,” he said, adding that, “you want to control your own politician.”