Trump tweets ‘Clinton corrupted’ with six-pointed star, drawing accusations of anti-Semitism
US Republican candidate has been forced to delete a tweet showing an image of Hillary Clinton in front of a pile of money and a six-pointed star after a barrage of accusations of anti-Semitism.
The original tweet showed Democratic presumptive presidential candidate Hillary Clinton with the words “History Made” and “Most Corrupt Candidate Ever!” The second phrase was placed in within a six-pointed star text box.
Trump's new anti-Hillary ad is a pile of money overlaid with her face & a star of David. Wonder what the message is? pic.twitter.com/o01wlqPyRX— Max Fisher (@Max_Fisher) July 2, 2016
Immediately after the publication of the tweet, social media users bombarded Trump with criticism.
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Trump was accused for using what looked like a Star of David along with Clinton’s image in front of a pile of cash. “THIS is textbook anti-Semitic imagery,” said one of the Twitter users.
A Star of David over a pile of money, Mr. Trump? THIS is textbook anti-Semitic imagery. #louderthanadogwhistlehttps://t.co/XXZ5MtfSde— Marc Lamont Hill (@marclamonthill) July 2, 2016
Hmm! What could Donald Trump possible be evoking with the raining money and Star of David pic.twitter.com/ODgcpKfUom— Dana Schwartz (@DanaSchwartzzz) July 2, 2016
That Trump's ad using a Star of David happened to run the same day Elie Wiesel died further proves what an absolute piece of shit Trump is.— DJ T-Lizard (@SethFromThe716) July 3, 2016
Clinton’s national spokesman Josh Schwerin responded to tweet by asking: “Why is there a Star of David?”
Why is there a Star of David? https://t.co/CMidmfHbjg— Josh Schwerin (@JoshSchwerin) July 2, 2016
Clinton’s economic policy adviser Michael Shapiro was more direct, and tweeted out: “This new divisive dogwhistle isn’t [a] surprise.”
.@realDonaldTrump will deport 11M; attack judges heritage; bar Muslims. This new divisive dogwhistle isnt surprise: pic.twitter.com/3tiOTcC9PZ— Michael Shapiro (@mpshapiro) July 2, 2016
Soon after, Trump reacted by deleting the original tweet and publishing something similar. The new tweet had all the similar characteristics, but it substituted the six-pointed star with a circle.
Crooked Hillary -- Makes History! #ImWithYou#AmericaFirstpic.twitter.com/PKQhYhMmIX— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 2, 2016
@realDonaldTrump You changed it but we wont forget it pic.twitter.com/UfCHou3YFT— The Grand Phoobah! (@Mrtamhas) July 2, 2016
However, the new tweet included Trump’s constant repetition of the phrase, “America first” – making things worse, as it echoed anti-Semitic rhetoric dating back to WWII.
@RoteCaption '"America First" in Trump's Star of David replacement tweet is a nod to 1940s anti-semitic group '— Paul Town (@PaulTown_) July 3, 2016
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Trump’s controversial campaign has been making headlines since it started. Some of his foreign policy pledges include dismantling NATO and completely banning Muslim immigration into America.
In the past he also stated that more countries, such as Japan, South Korea and Saudi Arabia, should have nuclear weapons.
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