No, Donald Trump, That’s Not a Sheriff’s Badge

Donald Trump has offended once again. In his latest firestorm, Trump tweeted a graphic criticizing Hillary Clinton and including photo of her, along with images of a Star of David and a pile of cash, with the words “most corrupt candidate.”

Under harsh criticism, he deleted the image, replacing the star with a circle, but admitted no wrong. Instead of apologizing for associating a Jewish symbol with money and corruption in a common anti-Semitic canard, Trump claimed the star was a sheriff’s badge, or just a simple star. In his typical pattern of deflection, he conveniently ignored that he lifted the image from an Internet board for the alt-right, a digital movement of neo-Nazis, anti-Semites and white supremacists and said the charge of anti-Semitism “is ridiculous.”

Calling the tweet “blatantly anti-Semitic,” Clinton’campaign said:

“Now, not only won’t he apologize for it, he’s peddling lies and blaming others. Trump should be condemning hate, not offering more campaign behavior and rhetoric that engages extremists. The president should be someone who brings Americans together, not someone who sends signals and offers policies of division.”

Jonathan Greenblatt, the Anti-Defamation League’s national director, said he was “troubled” by the campaign. “I think it would be long overdue for the candidate himself to speak out firmly and forcefully against, again, not just the rhetoric itself and its inherent anti-Semitism and racism, but on those who would promulgate these ideas,” Greenblatt told CNN.