Donald Trump under fire for anti-Semitic tweet

The head of the Anti-Defamation League called Sunday on Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to denounce anti-Semitic supporters after he published an image of Hillary Clinton with a Star of David on his Twitter page.

The image of Clinton in front of a pile of money featured a red six-pointed star emblazoned with the words, "Most corrupt candidate ever!"

The image tweeted on Saturday was later deleted from Trump's Twitter account and replaced with a similar image with the words inside a circle, but not before the image drew outrage for allegedly tying Clinton to anti-Semitic stereotypes.

"We've been troubled by the anti-Semites and racists during this political season, and we've seen a number of so-called Trump supporters peddling some of the worst stereotypes all through this year," Jonathan Greenblatt, head of the Anti-Defamation League, told The Hill newspaper.

"And it's been concerning that [Donald Trump] hasn't spoken out forcefully against these people. It is outrageous to think that the candidate is sourcing material from some of the worst elements in our society."

The image reportedly originated on racist websites before being picked up by the Trump campaign.

Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski denounced the allegations calling the image a "simple star" and noting it also resembled the star used by US sheriffs.

"This is political correctness run amok," he told CNN in an interview Sunday, stressing the message about Clinton's corruption should be clear amid an ongoing FBI investigation into her use of a private email server to conduct business while secretary of state.

Last update: Mon, 04/07/2016 - 01:44
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