Trump Defends Anti-Clinton ‘Star of David’ Twitter Image; Says It Was ‘Sheriff’s Star’
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Monday defended his use of what is being called an antisemitic Twitter post featuring the Star of David and invoking antisemitic tropes.
Taking to Twitter, Trump wrote, “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!”
On Saturday, Trump tweeted an image against presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, which featured a Star of David beside her photo with the text, “Most Corrupt Candidate Ever!” and a background of $100 bills.
Trump later deleted the post, following intense backlash, and tweeted a new image, this time covering the Star of David with a circle. However, several points of the original star could be seen poking past the borders of the circle.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 2, 2016
On Sunday, following an investigation, Mic revealed the image first appeared on /pol/ — an online message board for the alt-right movement — over a week before Trump tweeted the image.
According to the report, although the original thread where the image was first posted no longer exists, “The file name of the photo, HillHistory.jpg, [is] potentially a nod to the Neo-Nazi code for ‘HH,’ or ‘Heil Hitler,’ which the alt-right is fond of hiding in plain sight.”
The watermark on the original image — attributed to Twitter user @FishBoneHead1 — “regularly tweets violent, racist memes commenting on the state of geopolitical politics,” the report said.
Monday’s tweet constitutes the Trump campaign’s first official response to the controversy.