Hillary Clinton issued a statement on Monday, slamming Donald Trump for his “use of a blatantly anti-Semitic image from racist websites.”
Over the weekend, Trump tweeted an image of Hillary Clinton superimposed over $100 bills with the words “History Made.” Also featured in the image was a six-pointed star that read: “Most Corrupt Candidate Ever!” Many were quick to point out how much star resembled a Star of David, a symbol closely associated with Judaism. A little digging revealed that the image originally appeared on a neo-Nazi website.
Following the swift and furious backlash, Trump removed the post and replaced it with a version of the image that featured a circle instead of a star. This version was created so hastily that the points of the star could still be seen beneath the circle. Not long after he deleted the tweet completely.
The presumptive Republican nominee and his supporters have defended the tweet, arguing that it was not meant to be offensive and that the media is responsible for the outrage. Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s former campaign manager, declared that the entire controversy is simply “political correctness run amok” rather than raging bigotry.
Trump spent his Fourth of July defending his anti-Semitic tweet and arguing that it could have been a sheriff’s star, not a Jewish Star of David.
Dishonest media is trying their absolute best to depict a star in a tweet as the Star of David rather than a Sheriff’s Star, or plain star!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 4, 2016
However, Clinton was not about to let his “blatant anti-Semitism”go unchecked. Her statement reads in full:
Donald Trump’s use of a blatantly anti-Semitic image from racist websites to promote his campaign would be disturbing enough, but the fact that it’s part of a pattern should give voters major cause for concern. Now, not only won’t he apologize for it, he’s peddling lies and blaming others. Trump should be condemning hate, not offering more campaign behavior and rhetoric that engages extremists. The president should be someone who brings Americans together, not someone who sends signals and offers policies of division.
During an interview on Monday, Ed Brookover, a senior adviser to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, called for the media to “move on” and argued that there was “never any intention of anti-Semitism” in the bigoted billionaire’s tweet.
“Not every six-sided star is a Star of David,” said Brookover. “There is no intent here at all. We corrected this tweet and have moved on.”
It is worth noting that Trump has “accidentally” retweeted white supremacists a shocking 75 times, meaning his blatant racism is no accident at all.
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