Trump Campaign Aide: Image ‘Lifted’ from ‘Anti-Hillary Twitter User’
According to one of Donald Trump’s aides, the anti-Hillary Clinton Star of David picture was lifted off of an anti-Clinton Twitter user.
“The social media graphic used this weekend was not created by the campaign nor was it sourced from an anti-Semitic site,” Dan Scavino said in a post on Facebook.
“The sheriff’s badge — which is available under Microsoft’s ‘shapes’ — fit with the theme of corrupt Hillary and that is why I selected it,” he added.
“As the Social Media Director for the campaign, I would never offend anyone and therefore chose to remove the image.”
Scavino early Tuesday tweeted that any suggestions that he is anti-Semitic are “awful.”
For the MSM to suggest that I am antisemite is AWFUL. I proudly celebrate holidays w/ my wife's amazing Jewish family for the past 16 years.
— Dan Scavino Jr. (@DanScavino) July 5, 2016
The Hill reports:
Trump on Saturday tweeted an image accusing Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, of being “corrupt” with a six-pointed star, a symbol that appears on the Israeli flag and is commonly associated with Judaism. The image was reportedly created by white supremacists.
He deleted it hours later and replaced the star with a circle.
Early Monday, Trump blamed “dishonest media” for the controversy.
Trump said that news outlets are portraying a “Sheriff’s Star” or a “plain star” as the Star of David.
Clinton’s campaign responded, saying the “blatantly anti-Semitic” image came from “racist websites.”
“Now, not only won’t he apologize for it, he’s peddling lies and blaming others,” Sara Bard, the campaign’s director for Jewish outreach, said in a statement.
Trump later said Clinton was using “false attacks” to divert attention from “dishonest behavior.”
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