Donald Trump, “Anti-Semitism has no place in our society,”
Donald Trump said Hillary Clinton’s campaign is “ridiculous” to portray an anti-Clinton tweet that appeared to depict the Star of David atop a pile of cash as anti-Semitic.
In a statement issued by his GOP presidential campaign Monday night, Donald Trump suggested Hillary Clinton and her allies were using the matter to distract from her own troubles.
Donald Trump said the tweet portrayed “a basic star, often used by sheriffs who deal with criminals and criminal behavior,” as part of an effort to convey that “Crooked Hillary is the most corrupt candidate ever.”
Addressing the origins of the tweet the Trump campaign social media director Dan Scavino said in a statement posted on Trump’s Facebook page Monday evening that he had lifted it from an anti-Clinton Twitter feed and had never intended to offend anyone.
“The social media graphic used this weekend was not created by the campaign nor was it sourced from an anti-Semitic site. It was lifted from an anti-Hillary Twitter user where countless images appear,” he wrote.
He said that the star depicted in red, described as a sheriff’s badge “fit with the theme of corrupt Hillary and that is why I selected it.”
“As the social media director for the campaign, I would never offend anyone and therefore chose to remove the image,” he added.
In his statement, Donald Trump accused Hillary Clinton’s campaign of using the tweet to try to “divert attention from the dishonest behavior of herself and her husband.”
He cited her “missing emails” and Bill Clinton’s impromptu meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch as her agency oversees the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private e-Mail server as Secretary of State.
Donald Trump has long professed his support for Israel and his daughter converted to Judaism before her marriage.
He said in an interview, “Anti-Semitism has no place in our society,”
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