Donald Trump has changed his mind again about the controversial Star of David Tweet that got him in hot water with accusations of anti-Semitism.
The presumptive Republican presidential nominee recently posted a tweet depicting Hillary Clinton in a negative way, with hundred dollar bills, a six pointed Star of David and the words “Most corrupt candidate ever!” written inside the star.
During the time of Hitler’s Germany the Nazis used the Star of David in a negative way also. They forced Jews to wear the star at all times and projected it in their media to label them as corrupt, greedy and sub-human, which led to the Holocaust.
The Donald later changed his mind and replaced the star with a circle.
Donald Trump has now changed his mind again.
He now blames the media for being anti-Semitic for daring to suggest his original controversial tweet was anything but a star.
An ordinary star that is not the Star of David, but just a six-pointed star. He now thinks that it should not have been changed into a circle.
Donald Trump is defending his recent views using a children’s sticker-book about the Disney film Frozen.
Trump categorically denied that the tweet was in any way anti-Semitic on Wednesday evening.
“So the star, which is a star, not the Star of David,” Trump said to a crowd in Cincinnati, Ohio, in his first public comments relating to the controversy. “When they told me the Star of David, I said: ‘You have got to be kidding.’ How sick are they? They’re the one with the bad tendencies when they can think that way.”
“Y’know they took the star down,” Trump added. “I said: ‘Too bad, you should have left it up.’”
However, it later emerged that the photograph attracted attention on a neo-Nazi internet forum.
The billionaire businessman subsequently tweeted a photo from the popular Disney movie Frozen, featuring a star, accusing the “dishonest media” of working against him. “Where is the outrage for this Disney book? Is this the ‘Star of David’ also?” The post has been retweeted 16,000 times.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 7, 2016
Jonathan Greenblatt, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, a U.S.-based organization fighting anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, said that Trump’s comparison with the Disney movie was ill-judged and inappropriate.
“Just so we’re clear, the image [the star] originated with a white supremacist—not with Disney animators in Burbank,” he said.
Eric Schiffer, the best-selling American author, who has interviewed the presidential hopeful on a number of occasions agrees that Trump was fully aware that in the context, using the symbol of the star in his tweet had anti-Jewish connotations.
“I don’t buy into the argument that Trump is lacking in savvy marketing skills. He is tapping into some core, deep beliefs that some American people have. He is trying to say: ‘hey I see what you see,’ and that includes conspiracy theories surrounding Jewish wealth. That doesn’t mean Trump believes it himself, but he wants to represent those who do,” he tells Newsweek.
“He is targeting white working class voters and this [the tweet] resonates with them, in the sense that they think the American system is biased. When the economy is bad and people are out of work, scapegoats are used.”
Hillary Clinton was undoubtedly unimpressed with her rival’s distasteful conduct, tweeting back a reference to a song from the movie: “Do you want to build a strawman?”
Do you want to build a strawman? https://t.co/AoeNTJOGpo
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 7, 2016
This is by no means the first controversial comment made by Trump. Some of the presumptive Republican nominee’s most inappropriate remarks include calling Mexicans “rapists,” advocating a ban on all Muslims entering the U.S. and saying that the authoritarian North Korean leader Kim Jong-un deserved “credit.”
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