Donald Trump is under fire this morning for a tweet echoing the visual language of many of his most extreme, anti-semitic supporters.
Trump tweeted an image saying that Hillary Clinton is the most corrupt politician ever, which is accompanied by the Star of David and hundred dollar bills.
Within moments, many on Twitter expressed their shock and outrage that Trump would send out a graphic that seems to embrace the anti-Jewish beliefs of many on the alt-right.
About three hours later, Trump deleted the post and sent out another tweet in which the star was replaced with a circle.
Anti-semitism has been an issue all throughout the Trump campaign, as some of his supporters have bombarded Jewish reporters and media personalities with racist memes. Earlier this month, The Washington Post wrote about members of the press being targeted on Twitter, with Trump fans placing their names in parenthesis as a way of identifying that they are Jewish.
Many of these Jewish reporters also receive constant accusations of being corrupt via email and social media.
“I’ve experienced more pure, unadulterated anti-Semitism since coming out against Trump’s candidacy than at any other time in my political career,” Ben Shapiro wrote in National Review. “Trump supporters have threatened me and other Jews who hold my viewpoint. They’ve blown up my e-mail inbox with anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. They greeted the birth of my second child by calling for me, my wife, and two children to be thrown into a gas chamber.”
This is not the first time Trump’s Twitter has apparently embraced his racist supporters; on several occasions he has retweeted material from white supremacists.
When confronted with accusations of anti-semitism, Trump typically points out that his daughter, Ivanka Trump, is herself Jewish, converting to the religion in 2009.
“My daughter, Ivanka, is about to have a beautiful Jewish baby,” Trump said in March.
He also said during a CNN debate, “I have a lot of – I have tremendous love for Israel. I happen to have a son-in-law and a daughter that are Jewish, OK? And two grandchildren that are Jewish.”