Another Trump gaffe

In what can only be described as another self-inflicted act of ignorance, Donald Trump once again had to delete one of his tweets this time due to complaints that the message was anti-Semitic. The presumptive Republican nominee for President has a penchant for his Twitter account and is known for his own brand of fiery rhetoric but Saturday’s tweet imagery proved to cause a fast and loud backlash. Erick Erickson, a leading anti-Trump conservative, tweeted about the image, “"A Star of David, a pile of cash, and suggestions of corruption. Donald Trump again plays to the white supremacists.”

The original tweet was an image of Hillary Clinton in the foreground with what appears to be $100 bills falling around her and the image of the Star of David with the words, Most Corrupt Candidate Ever!

Trump later replaced that image with one that replaced the 6 pointed star with a circle. The Trump campaign did not issue a statement regarding the tweet and its removal. On a day when the presumptive Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, was being interviewed by the FBI regarding the handling of her email and server, Trump only needed to remind Americans of that fact. Once again, a golden opportunity for his campaign was overshadowed by Trump’s own error in judgement.

Others were quick to point out that the tweet was at the very least tasteless or at its worst, anti-Semitic. Josh Schwerin, spokesperson for the Clinton campaign, tweeted “Why is there a Star of David?” to which numerous replies came that Trump was once again stirring the racist pot.

For his part, Donald Trump has been an outspoken supporter of Israel. Trump has often pointed out that his son-in-law, Jared Kushner is Jewish and that his own daughter Ivanka converted to her husband’s religion. Donald Trump has structured his entire campaign on being the candidate that says what he wants, whenever he wants, without ever having to answer to anyone.

However, it begs the question: how far is too far when it comes to shock-value politics?

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