Donald Trump Defends His Anti-Semitic Tweet

HeadlineJul 07, 2016

In news from the campaign trail, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has defended his decision to tweet an anti-Semitic image which showed Hillary Clinton, a pile of $100 bills and a six-pointed Star of David along with the words “Most Corrupt Candidate Ever!” The image originally appeared on a white supremacist message board. Trump later deleted the tweet and retweeted the same image, but with the Star of David replaced by a circle. Speaking at a campaign event in Cincinnati Wednesday, Trump said he wished his team had never deleted the first tweet.

Donald Trump: “It could have been a star for anything. To me, it was just a star. But when I really looked at it, it looked like a sheriff’s star. But CNN started this dialogue going, ’It’s the Star of David. And because it’s the Star of David, Donald Trump has racist’—these people are sick, folks. I’m telling you. They’re sick. So you have the star, which is fine. I said, 'You shouldn't have taken it down.’ You know, they took the star down. I said, 'Too bad. You should have left it up. I would have rather defended it. Just leave it up and say, “No, that's not a Star of David, that’s just a star.”’”

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