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Donald Trump Defends 'Crooked Hillary' Meme From Neo-Nazi site, Blames 'Dishonest Media' For Calling It 'Star Of David'

  • by: Alan Duke
  • (Sun, 03 Jul 2016 18:37:54 Z)

UPDATE: Donald Trump is now personally defending the initial tweeting of the controversial meme, blaming "Dishonest media" for not realizing the image was not a Star of David. It could have been "a Sheriff' Star, or plain star!" the tweeted.

Original Story:

The controversial "Star of David" meme tweeted by Donald Trump and quickly deleted Saturday was published more than a week earlier on a message board for neo-Nazis, anti-Semites and white supremacists, according to Mic.com

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The graphic attacks Hillary Clinton as the "Most Corrupt Candidate Ever!' -- with this words inside a red six-point star laid over a background of money. While Trump aides say it was just a star -- perhaps a sheriff's badge -- anti-Trump eyeballs saw the jewish Star of David as a "dog whistle" to attract antisemitic support.

Trump, who usually doubles down when accused of political incorrectness, actually backed down after "Star of David" trended on Twitter, calling attention to the controversy. He deleted the controversial tweet and tweeted a new one with the star replaced by non-controversial circle. It was a sloppy fast edit job, since you can still see a point of the star sticking out of the bottom of the circle.

Mic.com discovered the meme posted on the /pol/ message board on June 22, 2016.

Of note is the file name of the photo, HillHistory.jpg, potentially a nod to the Neo-Nazi code for "HH," or "Heil Hitler," which the alt-right is fond of hiding in plain sight.

The watermark on the lower-left corner of the image leads to a Twitter account that regularly tweets violent, racist memes commenting on the state of geopolitical politics.

See also: Donald Trump's Tweet Retreat: Replaces Star Of David With Circle Amid Political Correctness Furor

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Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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