The presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump tweeted an anti-Semitic message on Saturday depicting Hillary Clinton as a crook with a pile of cash and a superimposed image of the Star of David with the message “Most Corrupt Candidate Ever!”
Trump later changed his mind afterdrawing criticism and replaced the star with a circle.
Trump tweeted “Crooked Hillary – – Makes History!” along with a photoshopped image of Clinton’s one-time avatar, which reads “History made.” Clinton’s face appears over a pile of hundred dollar bills, and a six-pointed star that reads, “Most Corrupt Candidate Ever!” Below the image was a screenshot of a Fox News poll that asked voters how “honest/trustworthy” or “corrupt” they found the presumptive Democratic nominee.
Many critics, including political commentators and journalists, were quick to point out the shape of the Star of David, questioning Trump’s motive for tweeting such an image. Trump latertweeted a new imagethat featured the same text over a red circle instead of a star. The original tweet and image has since been deleted.
Republican strategist and CNN contributor Ana Navarro brought up the fact that Trump often makes appeals to the Jewish community by saying he has Jewish grandchildren. His daughter, Ivanka Trump, converted to Judaism before marrying her husband, Jared Kushner.
“‘I have Jewish grandchildren’ is the new, ‘Some of mybest-friends are black’ defense to an offensive comment,” she tweeted in response to the image.
Marc Lamont Hill, host of BET News and a CNN commentator, said the image Trump shared “is textbook anti-Semitic imagery. #louderthanadogwhistle.”
Others asked aloud how Ivanka Trump would respond to her father’s tweet.