The presumptive Republican presidential nominee came under fire Saturday after he shared an image that called Hillary Clinton the “most corrupt candidate ever”—words that were written on a Star of David. On the background? A large stack of $100 bills. Below the image was a screenshot of a Fox News poll that claimed 58 percent of respondents thought Clinton was corrupt. Less than two hours later, Trump tweeted the same image except the Star of David had been replaced by a circle.
Trump tweets updated Hillary 'most corrupt candidate ever' tweet and replaces hexagram/Star of David with a circle pic.twitter.com/4S8tkn8357— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) July 2, 2016
It didn’t take long for Twitter users to raise questions about the image, and what Trump’s motives could have been for using the six-pointed star. “Why is there a Star of David?” wondered Clinton’s national spokesman Josh Schwerin. Republican strategist Ana Navarro noted that Trump often says he has Jewish grandchildren because Ivanka Tump converted to Judaism before marrying Jared Kushner.
"I have Jewish grandchildren" is the new, "Some of my best-friends are black" defense to an offensive comment. https://t.co/Kx5YZjqJhG— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) July 2, 2016
Daniel Drezner directly addressed Ivanka Trump, asking her whether she thought “there’s anything wrong with the visuals used by your dad here.”
BET news host Marc Lamont Hill described the image as “textbook anti-Semitic imagery. #louderthanadogwhistle.”