Trump blames 'dishonest media' for tweet controversy

Donald Trump is blaming “dishonest media” for the controversy over a weekend tweet that critics said used anti-Semitic imagery.

Trump said in a tweet early Monday that news outlets are portraying a “Sheriff’s Star” or a “plain star” as the Star of David.


Trump's new tweet comes after he sparked a wave of backlash Saturday for tweeting an image accusing Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden faces do-or-die primary in South Carolina President Trump's assault on checks and balances: Five acts in four weeks Schiff blasts Trump for making 'false claims' about Russia intel: 'You've betrayed America. Again' MORE of being "corrupt" with a six-pointed star, a symbol that appears on the Israeli flag and is commonly associated with Judaism. The image was reportedly created by white supremacists.

He deleted it hours later and replaced the star with a circle, but that has done little to stem the flow of criticism targeting the GOP's presumptive nominee.

The Anti-Defamation League called on Trump to denounce anti-Semitism. Jonathan Greenblatt, the organization's CEO and national director, said it's "concerning" that Trump "hasn't spoken our forcefully against these people."

"For those people who say that you can write this off, and that calling it out is simply political correctness, it's crazy," Greenblatt said.

But current and former Trump aides have come to his defense, suggesting the media should move on.

Ed Brookover, a senior advisor, told CNN's "New Day" on Monday that the tweet wasn't intended to be anti-Semitic. “We corrected it. There was never any intention of any anti-Semitism,” he added. “Mr. Trump has consistently and loudly denounced the white supremacist groups."

Separately, Corey Lewandowski, a former aide, dismissed the controversy as "political correctness run amok."

--This report was updated at 10:15 a.m.