There is no doubt that the primary voice of the Trump campaign is his Twitter account, but Trump's tendency to retweet white supremacists and fascists has gotten him in trouble in the past. That worrying trend surfaced again on the morning of July 2, when Donald tweeted out a Hillary Clinton campaign image—Clinton with the words "History Made"—over a background of cash and the words "Most Corrupt Candidate Ever" on a six-sided star. After two hours online, the tweet was suddenly deleted and replaced with a near-identical version.
That near-identical version, by the way, still had the star underneath it. This indicates that Trump's campaign didn't make the first image, but borrowed it from one of his many hard-right fans. (If Trump staffers had made the first image, they'd have been able to delete the star instead of awkwardly pasting over it.)
Many people agreed that the star looked an awful like the Star of David associated with Jews and Israel, and that the combination of the star with accusations of corruption and images of cash all add up to an ear-splitting dogwhistle.
Others were more amused:
When Trump's tweet first disappeared, conservative media even leaped on "proof" Twitter was censoring him instead of someone at Trump HQ hitting the panic button:
Eventually, Trump fans figured out what their story was: it was a sheriff's star. Obviously. You know, like on Wanted posters...how the criminals always have sheriff stars next to them? With text inside that star? On a poster where the word "WANTED" is nowhere to be seen? And there's a background of cash? (Ignore the fact that "sheriff" stars usually have rounded edges and that US Marshals have a 5-pointed star.)
(Well, they didn't all get the memo.)
It's unlikely that Donald Trump harbors a particular animosity towards Jews himself. Before Trump supporters jump in to repeat it 500 times, his daughter converted to Judaism after marrying an Orthodox man. What's more likely is that someone on this staff found this image among his supporters and either didn't notice the dogwhistle...or knew it would play in those circles and could always be denied. It's happened before. Here's an account @realDonaldTrump had already retweeted five times as of April:
As previously stated, the issue is not whether Trump is a Nazi but whether he's willing to wink at neo-Nazis or is too stupid to see how often he does it. Trump has made awkward statements about Jews in the past, but only of the variety that would destroy normal politicians, like telling USA Today in 1991, "I have black guys counting my money. … I hate it. The only guys I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes all day." Doesn't that seem warm and cuddly next to the words of his supporters? Why, that kind of blithe PG-rated offensiveness almost seems Presidential by comparison.
Considering Hillary is was literally interviewed by the FBI today and everyone's talking about the Bill Clinton/Loretta Lynch meeting, this would have been an extra good day for Trump to just be quiet.