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Huffington Post Accuses Trump of Anti-Semitism


[ Ed. note – Shocking, I tell ya–shocking! ]

Donald Trump Launches Blatantly Anti-Semitic Attack Against Hillary Clinton

By Sam Levine

Donald Trump tweeted a blatantly anti-Semitic image Saturday morning, causing an immediate backlash online and further confirming the Republican nominee is willing to sink to depths well beyond usual, acceptable bounds of politics.

The tweet, posted at roughly 8:30 a.m., featured a picture of Hillary Clinton pasted over a backdrop of $100 bills with a six-pointed star — the Jewish Star of David — next to her face.

“Most Corrupt Candidate Ever!” the star read.

This is not a dog whistle. It’s not subtle. It is anti-Semitic imagery aimed at a candidate who isn’t even Jewish.

Clinton’s campaign could not immediately be reached for comment.

The irony, of course, is that Trump has Jewish relatives. His daughter Ivanka converted to Judaism when she married Jared Kushner, who is Jewish himself. Their kids are Jewish too. Trump even has a number of Jewish backers.

This hasn’t exactly mellowed his instinct to give telling winks to people who hate Jews. Trump has retweeted support from white supremacists and neo-Nazis in the past and he’s notably refrained from condemning the anti-Semitic mob of his supporters that has attacked Jewish reporters online.

Usually, he’s responded to criticism in the past by playing dumb, as if he’s unaware of what he’s doing. And that same pattern held true — somewhat — on Saturday morning. Moments after tweeting out the Star of David image, he put out a second image with the same language, but with a red circle instead of a star. The first tweet remained up for some time, however, before eventually being taken down.

Ari Fleischer, a Jewish Republican who served as press secretary to former President George W. Bush, criticized the Trump campaign for the tweet.

“I suspect this was a case of stupidity and not malice, but no matter what, his campaign keeps making foolish mistakes,” he said. “It would be nice to make it through a 3-day weekend without his campaign hurting itself.”

As for Clinton’s faith, she’s a Methodist. Trump has attacked her for that in the past too. At a meeting of evangelical conservatives last month, he suggested there was little in the public record about her religion and that she might not actually be Christian: a blatantly false missive that was offensive in its own right but one that seems somewhat quaint in light of Saturday’s tweet.

Trump adviser Roger Stone sent an email to HuffPost several hours after this article was posted, with the subject line: Total Horseshit.

“A sheriff badge is the same shape as the Star of David,” Stone wrote. “You should be ashamed to publish crap like this – but then you don’t work for a real news organization.”

Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liarrampant xenophoberacistmisogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.

This piece has been updated with comments from Fleischer and Stone. 

5 thoughts on “Huffington Post Accuses Trump of Anti-Semitism

  1. Trump is such a tease…
    Tells his all-Jewish audience he doesn’t want their money, he can’t be bought. His America First followers exult.
    The Jews are offended. He then has private confabs with big Jewish donors (serious businessmen who make money the old-fashioned way: gambling and prostitution). His followers are confused.
    He says he wants to put America first and kick out the illegal immigrants and bar entry to the US to Muslims. The Jews call him a bigot and a racist. He knows they don’t mean it–surely not about the Muslim bit.
    He says he is against more wars but he pledges loyalty to the defense of the closest, dearest ally and our “indissoluble” bond to it.
    He has Hillary’s photo next to a star of David that says “the most corrupt” on a background of a wall of money. “Made” is written in the sky blue of the Israeli flag. His followers are jubilant. The jews are furious. He has his Jewish fixer explain that it wasn’t the star of David, that a sheriff’s star also has 6 points. The Jews don’t buy it. What sheriff? He replaces the star with a circle.
    He winks to all. He is a crowd teaser.
    If he got the big opportunity though, for whom will he deliver?
    One who claims to have invented “the art of the deal” knows that such deals are not made with the “useless eaters” trooping to the voting booths.

  2. I think you’re right. I think it is a tease. He’s trying to win back all those who turned against him after his AIPAC speech in March, and it’s probably also significant that this comes just a few days after revelations about the heated discussions over Israel at the Democratic Party Platform Committee hearings. Looks like he’s trying to get Sanders’s anti-Zionist supporters to come over to his side.

  3. Thanks; good post. Hmmmm–given the name Levine, the title words “Blatantly Anti-Semitic” and the rest of the screed are all too predictable and tiresome.

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