During a fiery speech in Ohio Wednesday, GOP nominee Donald Trump defended his use of a star in a tweet, which was dubbed ‘anti-semitic’ by critics for its resemblance to a Star of David.
— CNN (@CNN) July 6, 2016
Trump accused the media of ‘racially profiling’ by amplifying the suggestions that the star on the tweet had anything to do with Jewish people.
“So one of my guys, who is married to a Jewish woman,” Trump said, “he put out a tweet talking about crooked Hillary Clinton and on the tweet was a star, a star, like a star.”
“All of a sudden it turned out to be in the minds of the press, only because it could have been a sheriff’s star it could have been a regular star,” Trump said. “They said ‘Oh it had money behind it.’ So actually they’re racially profiling.”
“They’re profiling, not us, because why are they bringing this up? Why do they bring it up?” Trump continued.
Trump changed his Star of David to a circle. I took a screenshot of the original. pic.twitter.com/TkBxTaAORc
— Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) July 2, 2016
Trump said he regretted the fact that the campaign removed and changed the image.
“Too bad, you should have left it up,” he said. “I would have rather defended up and say no that’s not a Star of David that’s just a star that talks about corrupt Hillary.”
Following the speech, Trump again took to Twitter and sent out a picture of a Disney product with almost the exact same star, and asked the media why they were not outraged.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 7, 2016
The Clinton campaign took a jibe back at Trump by tweeting “Do you want to build a strawman?” a sarcastic play on the “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” song from the Disney film ‘Frozen’.
Do you want to build a strawman? https://t.co/AoeNTJOGpo
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 7, 2016
Further reference was made to the original tweet in an op ed in The New York Observer, written by Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner.
“My father-in-law is not an anti-Semite,” Kushner, who owns the publication, wrote. “It’s that simple, really. Donald Trump is not anti-Semitic and he’s not a racist.”
“In my opinion, accusations like ‘racist’ and ‘anti-Semite’ are being thrown around with a carelessness that risks rendering these words meaningless,” Kushner, who is Jewish, noted.
“If even the slightest infraction against what the speech police have deemed correct speech is instantly shouted down with taunts of ‘racist’ then what is left to condemn the actual racists? What do we call the people who won’t hire minorities or beat others up for their religion?” Kushner added.
“I go into these details, which I have never discussed, because it’s important to me that people understand where I’m coming from when I report that I know the difference between actual, dangerous intolerance versus these labels that get tossed around in an effort to score political points,” he also wrote in the piece.
During Trump’s speech, the nominee also hit out further at the media for misrepresenting what he says and does, calling reporters “liars” and “dishonest.”
“Last night, I said, ‘Bad guy, Saddam Hussein, bad guy,’ then I said again, ‘Saddam Hussein is a bad guy, but he did one thing well, he killed terrorists,'” Trump said.
“I wake up, I turn on the television … ‘Donald Trump loves Saddam Hussein. He loves Saddam Hussein…That’s not what I said.” Trump noted.
“I don’t love Saddam Hussein, I hate Saddam Hussein,” Trump said. “But he was damn good at killing terrorists.”
The full speech can be viewed below.
Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com