Charges of anti-Semitism over tweet are ‘ridiculous’: Donald Trump

Charges of anti-Semitism over tweet are ‘ridiculous’: Donald Trump

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Donald Trump says Hillary Clinton’s campaign is “ridiculous” to portray an anti-Clinton tweet that appeared to depict the Star of David atop a pile of cash as anti Semitism.

In a statement issued by his Republican presidential campaign yesterday evening, Trump suggested Clinton and her allies were using the matter to distract from her own recent campaign troubles.

Trump said the tweet portrayed “a basic star, often used by sheriffs who deal with criminals and criminal behaviour,” as part of an effort to convey that “Crooked Hillary Clinton is the most corrupt candidate ever.”

It was the presumptive GOP nominee’s most extensive comment since his official account tweeted then deleted the image Saturday, sparking uproar over its potentially anti-Semitic connotations. Trump’s account later posted a new version with a circle in place of the six-point star.

Addressing the origins of the tweet for the first time, Donald Trump campaign social media director Dan Scavino said in a statement posted on Trump’s Facebook page yesterday evening that he had lifted it from an anti-Clinton Twitter feed and had never intended to offend anyone.

“The social media graphic used this weekend was not created by the campaign nor was it sourced from an anti-Semitic site. It was lifted from an anti-Hillary Twitter user where countless images appear,” he wrote. Read More

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