Team Clinton: Image in Trump Tweet ‘Blatantly Anti-Semitic’
Hillary Clinton’s campaign slammed Donald Trump on Monday for posting an anti-Semitic image.
“Donald Trump’s use of blatantly anti-Semitic image from racist websites to promote his campaign would be disturbing enough, but the fact that it’s part of a pattern should give voters major cause for concern,” Sara Bard, the campaign’s director for Jewish outreach, said in a statement on Monday.
“Now, not only won’t he apologize for it, he’s peddling lies and blaming others,” she added.
The Hill reports:
Trump earlier in the day blamed “dishonest media” for the controversy, saying outlets are portraying a “Sheriff’s Star” or a “plain star” as the Star of David in a tweet he sent, then changed and later deleted over the weekend.
Trump sparked a wave of backlash Saturday for tweeting an image accusing Clinton of being “corrupt” with a six-pointed star. The image was reportedly created by white supremacists.
Criticism was fierce, with the Anti-Defamation League calling on Trump to denounce anti-Semitism. Jonathan Greenblatt, the organization’s CEO and national director, said it’s “concerning” that Trump “hasn’t spoken our forcefully against these people.”
“Trump should be condemning hate, not offering more campaign behavior and rhetoric that engages extremists,” Bard said on Monday. “The president should be someone who brings Americans together, not someone who sends signals and offers policies of division.”
A senior adviser to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, however, called for the media to “move on” in an interview on Monday.
Ed Brookover said there was “never any intention of anti-Semitism” in the tweet.
“Not every six-sided star is a Star of David. There is no intent here at all. We corrected this tweet and have moved on.”
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