Trump deletes tweet using Star of David after backlash

Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpNFL freezes policy barring players from protesting during anthem McConnell spokesman on Putin visit: 'There is no invitation from Congress' Petition urges University of Virginia not to hire Marc Short MORE on Saturday tweeted an image accusing Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonProminent Putin critic: If Trump turns me over, I'm dead Dems unveil slate of measures to ratchet up pressure on Russia Trump tweets old video of Clinton talking up 'a strong Russia' MORE of being "corrupt" with a six-pointed star, before deleting it hours later after a loud chorus of backlash.

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The presumptive GOP presidential nominee’s image showd the words “Most Corrupt Candidate Ever!” on a red six-pointed star that many have pointed out resembles the Star of David, a symbol that appears on the Israeli flag and is commonly associated with Judaism.

The star was superimposed over an image of $100 bills and an image of Clinton often used by her campaign that reads “History made.”

Two hours after the initial post, Trump tweeted a different version of the same image, this time with a circle under the words "Most Corrupt Candidate Ever!" instead of the star.

Shortly after the second tweet, Trump deleted the original.

Social media users captured a screenshot of the original tweet before it was deleted, and many people shared the two side-by-side:

The original image drew immediate backlash on Twitter. Josh Schwerin, a communications staffer for Clinton's campaign, asked why a Star of David was used on the image.

Political columnist Ana Marie Cox said the "Symbolism here is pretty... unsubtle.”

Several anti-Trump Republican analysts and staffers have responded to the post, including GOP strategist Patrick Ruffini, who called the tweet "anti-Semitic." 

Many journalists have also taken to Twitter to question or criticize Trump's post.

- Updated at 12:10 p.m.