UPDATE: Trump Deletes Original, Replaces Without Star of David - Many Calling the Attack Anti-Semitic
Donald Trump Saturday morning tweeted an image of Hillary Clinton in front of a pile of $100 dollar bills, with a Star of David and the word "history" that read in full, "History Made, Most Corrupt Candidate Ever."
Many are responding via Twitter calling it anti-Semitic. It's unclear why Trump would use the Star of David, also referred to as the "Jewish Star," in the image, but it reeks of old anti-Jewish attacks during Hitler's rise to power, and an ugly and false belief among some - mostly neo-Nazis today - that Jewish people control all the wealth in the world.
UPDATE: Trump deletes the original tweet: See screenshot below of original.
The original tweet with the Star of David was posted at 6:37 AM. The tweet was deleted and Trump then posted a similar one without the Star of David, around 11 AM.
On Twitter among the first to respond were journalists, including Ana Marie Cox of GQ and The New York Times:
Symbolism here is pretty... unsubtle. https://t.co/VRWun8bnmgâ€” Ana Marie Cox (@anamariecox) July 2, 2016
Josh Marshall, founder of Talking Points Memo:
Star of David on a bed of dollars FTW! https://t.co/07LN21lR3Câ€” Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) July 2, 2016
David A. Graham of The Atlantic:
Cool Star of David bro https://t.co/1ud2ziDNknâ€” David A. Graham (@GrahamDavidA) July 2, 2016
Denouncements were not limited to those on the left.
Kyle Foley of the very right wing RedState:
Republican strategist Patrick Ruffini noted the image is a "dog whistle" to the "alt-right," aka anti-immigrant and white supremacists:
Dog-whistling the alt-right with this graphic? https://t.co/RllcMG9UbIâ€” (((PatrickRuffini))) (@PatrickRuffini) July 2, 2016
And Jewish too, apparently... https://t.co/YWT9vCDQBaâ€” (((PatrickRuffini))) (@PatrickRuffini) July 2, 2016
This image was probably an alt-right meme mashed up with the screengrab from Fox. https://t.co/RllcMG9UbIâ€” (((PatrickRuffini))) (@PatrickRuffini) July 2, 2016
Republican Josh Barro of Business Insider:
Oh great, a Star of David over money. https://t.co/qvgTrNkUUYâ€” Josh Barro (@jbarro) July 2, 2016
Here's the tweet he replaced the original with:
It must be stated clearly and without hesitation that this completes Trump's ties to the far right wing of the GOP, the anti-Semites, the neo-Nazis, and the white supremacists. They are now one and the same.
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