Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump drew widespread rebuke on Saturday with a tweet featuring a Star of David while accusing rival Hillary Clinton of corruption.
The star, a symbol of Judaism, was on a backdrop of $100 bills and paired with a Fox News poll in which a majority of respondents described Clinton as corrupt. Next to Clinton’s face was a red Star of David bearing the words “Most Corrupt Candidate Ever!”
Later in the morning, Trump posted a version of the tweet with a circle instead of the Star of David. He then deleted the original tweet.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 2, 2016
The origins of the first post are unclear, but the attack’s apparent anti-Semitic imagery prompted backlash on Twitter. (Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, has converted to Judaism.)
Josh Schwerin, a Clinton campaign spokesman, was among those who highlighted Trump’s tweet:
Why is there a Star of David? https://t.co/CMidmfHbjg
— Josh Schwerin (@JoshSchwerin) July 2, 2016
But he was far from alone:
.@realDonaldTrump you are no longer invited to my bar mitzvah keep your savings bonds
— (((Ian Phillips))) (@IanReelDeal) July 2, 2016
I've been ticked that Trump hasn't been giving us his handicapped imitation lately. At least he's making up for it with Stars of David.
— Jay Nordlinger (@jaynordlinger) 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
I'm an atheist. Born Jewish. But when I see Trump's anti-Muslim scare tactics or anti-Jewish optics, it's all evil and needs to be named.
— Brian Koppelman (@briankoppelman) July 2, 2016
Trump has come under fire in the past for retweeting racially charged — and factually inaccurate — propaganda and for counting known extremists, like former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke, among his supporters.
In an apparent response to the image Trump shared Saturday, Hillary Clinton’s camp tweeted a link to a who’s who of Trump’s extremist supporters on his website with the message, “The company you keep says a lot about you (maybe no one ever told Donald Trump).”
The company you keep says a lot about you (maybe no one ever told Donald Trump). https://t.co/PpgSed6aZJ
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 2, 2016