Trump Spent His Time Bashing Clinton Than Explaining 'Sheriff's Star'

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump recently criticized the FBI's investigation on Clinton's emails rather than explaining his controversial tweet.

Update: At a recent campaign rally in Cincinnati, Ohio, Donald Trump spent the majority of his time calling Hillary Clinton a "dirty, rotten liar," Politico reported

The presidential candidate also criticized the FBI in dismissing her email scandal in further pursuing legal charges. 

"I don't think they looked too hard," Trump said. 

Donald Trump attempted to set the record straight about the anti-Clinton image he tweeted that appeared to display the Star of David by claiming it was a sheriff's star. 

After receiving backlash for the offensive image, Trump posted another tweet on Monday blaming the "dishonest media" for identifying the six-pointed star as the Jewish symbol. 

His "explanation" for using that particular image just doesn't cut it. 

Written across the star were the words, "Most Corrupt Candidate Ever!" so it seems a bit odd that Trump would choose to represent United States law enforcement with the symbol and include such an insult.

According to The Daily Beast, Trump's ex-campaign manager Corey Lewandowski defended his former boss in an interview on Sunday:

"The bottom line is this is political correctness run amok,” he said. “If this were to be a star next to Hillary Clinton without the cash behind it, no one would be questioning this. This is the same star that sheriff’s departments all over the country use to represent law enforcement. You’re reading into something that isn’t there.”

Former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke also came to Trump's aid on Tuesday, although Trump might not welcome the defense given. The white nationalist agreed with the anti-Semitic connotation, saying the sheriff's star was really meant as the Star of David.

A Trump campaign staffer took the fault on Monday for the controversial graphic, saying he found the image on an anti-Clinton Twitter account and thought it was a sheriff's star. The image has been changed to a circle

In a series of tweets, Duke claimed "Trump Was Right" and called out her backers as "Zio-Tribalists."

On his radio show, Duke stated the tweet was indeed the Star of David. 

“Let’s go to the tweet. The tweet again shows Clinton, it shows a Star of David. Of course later the campaign made the excuse, ‘Well, no, that’s like a sheriff’s badge.’ Well, no way, folks. Clinton, money, the most campaign corrupt person,” Duke said while also claiming the tweet's information was undoubtedly correct. 

Trump had trouble disavowing Duke's endorsement in February and still can't seem to escape the white supremacist's association. Yet whether Trump's likes it or not, his rhetoric makes him a prime candidate for Neo-Nazis as he continues to receive their unwavering support

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Saturday tweeted an image of rival Hillary Clinton alongside hundred-dollar bills and a Jewish star bearing the words "most corrupt candidate ever!", prompting outrage and bafflement on social media.

Two hours after his initial tweet, Trump tweeted a similar image in which the six-pointed Star of David - which appears on Israel's flag and which Jews were forced to wear on their clothing by the Nazis during the Holocaust - was replaced by a circle. The original tweet was deleted.

Critics said the image featuring the star harkened back to centuries-old anti-Semitic stereotypes, such as the belief that Jews are greedy.

"Just saw #DonaldTrump's Star of David tweet. I'm impressed by his ability to find a way to insult literally every kind of human being," screenwriter Cole Haddon wrote on Twitter.

"A Star of David, a pile of cash, and suggestions of corruption. Donald Trump again plays to the white supremacists," wrote Erick Erickson, a conservative radio host who has been critical of Trump.

The tweets originated from Trump's account, @realDonaldTrump, and no other users were mentioned in them. It was not clear whether someone inside Trump's campaign made the image or whether he found it somewhere else. Hope Hicks, a spokeswoman for Trump, did not respond to a request for comment.

The presumptive Republican nominee has been trying to assuage fears within his own party that he is alienating potential voters with offensive statements about Muslims, Latinos and women. Last month, Trump fired his campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and began delivering speeches using a teleprompter, an abrupt change in style that was seen as an attempt to appear more presidential ahead of the Nov. 8 election.

Saturday's tweet was a reminder of the unrestrained side of Trump. The candidate has mocked a disabled newspaper reporter, referred to undocumented immigrants from Mexico as "rapists" and recently pointed to a black man in the crowd at one of his rallies and called him "my African-American."

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