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Trump Celebrates Independence Day Weekend With Anti-Semitic Attack On Hillary Clinton

CREDIT: TWITTER/@REALDONALDTRUMP
CREDIT: TWITTER/@REALDONALDTRUMP

Saturday morning, Donald Trump decided to start tweeting some meme images attacking his opponent Hillary Clinton, but one of them blew a dog whistle that many heard:

Journalists quickly pointed out that the combination of a backdrop of money and a Star of David was obviously anti-Semitic:

https://twitter.com/Max_Fisher/status/749244090584272896

Less than two hours after the original graphic was tweeted, Trump posted a new version with the Star of David replaced with a circle. The original tweet remained on his Twitter feed for the better part of an hour after that.

Stereotyping Jews is not new for Trump. In December, he gave a speech before the Republican Jewish Coalition that was chock full of anti-Semitic tropes. He repeatedly referred to everyone in the room as “negotiators” and told them that he doesn’t want their money, “so therefore you’re probably not going to support me.”

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Way back in 1991, Trump made similar remarks in an interview with USA Today. “I have black guys counting my money,” he said. “I hate it. The only guys I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes all day.”

Anti-Semitic white supremacists have interpreted Trump’s silence when accused of anti-Semitism as an endorsement. They, in turn, have started targeting Jewish journalists who cover Trump for more harassment. That’s a lesson Max Fisher of the New York Times learned Saturday morning after pointing out what was problematic about the Star of David image:

https://twitter.com/Max_Fisher/status/749249888039399424

Trump’s Twitter account has continued to publish various images and videos but has yet to acknowledge the changed graphic.

Update:

One Twitter user noticed that the graphic was changed so hastily that the circle was placed over top of the star in such a way that the star’s points can still be seen poking out.