Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump took to Twitter on Wednesday to defend his campaign's use of what was seen to be a Star of David in a tweet to describe Democratic rival Hillary Clinton as corrupt.
Trump tweeted an image of character from a book linked to Disney's movie, Frozen, that used a similarly shaped star on its cover.
"Where is the outrage for this Disney book? Is this the 'Star of David' also? Dishonest media! #Frozen," he tweeted.
Clinton also took to Twitter to respond to Trump, reposting his tweet and quoting a song from the movie.
Do you want to build a strawman? https://t.co/AoeNTJOGpo— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 7, 2016
The image of Clinton with a Star of David and pile of cash that Trump tweeted on Saturday was created by American white supremacists, the mic.news website reported.
According to the article in mic.news, the image was previously featured on an online message board used by alt-right, a digital movement of neo-Nazis, anti-Semites and white supremacists. Its first known appearance was on June 22, over a week before Trump ensured its place in history.
At a campaign rally in Cincinnati, Ohio, Trump vented his frustration at a news media he feels is out to derail his candidacy and help Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, deriding CNN, in particular, as the "Clinton News Network."
Trump's hour-long performance was unlikely to reassure those Republicans who would like to see the New York businessman focus his message on attacking Clinton to rally the party behind him at the Cleveland convention from July 18 to 21, where he is to be formally nominated.
In his Ohio speech, Trump also returned to the subject of Saddam after generating controversy on Tuesday by complimenting him for his handling of militants.
"So I said bad guy, really bad guy, but he was good at one thing: Killing terrorists. I don't love Saddam Hussein. I hate Saddam Hussein. But he was damned good at killing terrorists," Trump said.
Trump also reacted to a mosquito that buzzed near his hand at the podium.
"I don't like mosquitoes, I never did. Speaking of mosquitoes, hello Hillary, how are you doing?" he said.
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