10:51 am - 07/04/2016
Donald Trump denied that an image of Hillary Clinton containing a Star of David and the Democratic presidential candidate’s face on a pile of money was anti-Semitic.
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
The picture, which Trump tweeted Saturday but later deleted, originated on a white supremacist website.
Trump included the hashtag “#AmericaFirst” with the image. The phrase, which he has adopted as a campaign slogan, was first used in the 1940s by those who thought the U.S. shouldn’t go to war against Nazi Germany.
Trump adviser Ed Brookover claimed the image was harmless, telling CNN there’s “nothing to see here.”
“There was never any intention of anti-Semitism,” he said. “Not every six-pointed star is a Star of David.”
Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, who now works for CNN, also denied the image was meant to attack Jews. He called the backlash over the presumptive Republican presidential nominee’s tweet “political correctness run amok.”
The CEO of the Anti-Defamation League on Sunday criticized Trump’s tweet and his campaign’s denial reaction.
“We’ve been troubled by the anti-Semites and racists during this political season, and we’ve seen a number of so-called Trump supporters peddling some of the worst stereotypes all through this year,” Jonathan Greenblatt told The Daily Beast. “For those people who say that you can write this off, and that calling it out is simply political correctness, it’s crazy.”
The tweet was sent out the same day that author and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel died. During the Holocaust, Nazis forced Jewish people to wear the six-pointed star to identify them as lesser humans.
Trump later praised Wiesel.
“The world is a better place because of him and his belief that good can triumph over evil!” he tweeted on Sunday.
One can only hope that track record continues.
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