After the outcry from yesterday’s questionable Donald Trump attack ad against Hillary Clinton, we now may have a clearer picture on just how the image came into existence. It would also poke a few holes into the claims that the six-pointed star used in the image was just a “sheriff’s badge” and not the Star of David.
The image is question was deleted from Trump’s twitter page soon after people began to note the imagery, but some digging, courtesy of Mic, has found an alleged source.
According to the report, the HillHistory.jpg first showed up on 8chan’s /pol/ forum — a site that doesn’t delay in stuff that might offend — and then filtered onto other outlets, like Twitter accounts that seem to enjoy posting controversial memes. This isn’t the first time the Trump campaign has run into hot water over alleged posts from white supremacist groups.
The Anti-Defamation League cited that the tweet was insensitive, noting that the “intention” wasn’t there when director Abe Foxman reached out to the campaign. Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski spoke with CNN on Sunday and stuck to the same sentiment supporters had used on Saturday:
A tweet is a simple tweet, and the bottom line is you can read into things that are not there. You know, this is a simple star,” Lewandowski said.
He said it’s “the same star that sheriff’s departments all over the place” use for their badges.
“To read into something that isn’t there is — you know what, again, I think that’s the mainstream media trying to attack Donald Trump for something that isn’t there,”
The Trump campaign has not released a statement regarding this new report and may choose to ignore it as they have done many incidents in the past year. Meanwhile, Mitt Romney tweeted the following around the same time as Trump’s latest attention grab: