Clinton has called a tweet sent by Donald Trump anti-Semitic. The quickly-deleted tweet was defended by Trump on Monday, which featured an image of Clinton with a backdrop of money and the Star of David.
Trump stated in a tweet that he didn’t use the six-pointed star as a reference to the Star of David. The presumptive Republican nominee states that the star could have been a “plain star,” or could refer to a sheriff’s badge, which is similar but has small circles at the end of each point.
A statement released by Trump asserts that Clinton’s criticism of the image was meant to be a distraction from her and her husband’s dishonest behavior. Trump was referencing Bill Clinton’s private meeting with Loretta Lynch, the United States Attorney General.
The image shared by Trump was linked to a neo-Nazi web forum, according to Mic News. The image was posted on “/pol/” on June 22nd, according to the archived pages of the site. An updated page has the image removed. The image states “most corrupt candidate ever!”. The image was also posted on June 15th to a Twitter user who regularly tweets racist memes. His twitter page has since been deleted.
“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!” states Trump. Trump replaced the deleted tweet with a new image featuring a circle rather than a star.