Lewandowski: Star of David tweet row ‘political correctness run amok’

Former Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski is calling the controversy over the Star of David appearing in a Trump tweet “political correctness run amok.” 

{mosads}”The bottom line is this is political correctness run amok. If this were to be a star next to [presumptive Democratic presidential nominee] Hillary Clinton without the cash behind it, no one would be questioning this,” Lewandowski said on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday.

“This is the mainstream media reading into something,” he said.  

Trump on Saturday tweeted an image accusing Clinton of being “corrupt” with a six-pointed star, before deleting it hours later after it sparked a backlash.

The presumptive GOP presidential nominee’s image showed the words “Most Corrupt Candidate Ever!” on a red six-pointed star that many said resembled 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.

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.

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

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