Trump campaign aide: Image ‘lifted’ from ‘anti-Hillary Twitter user’

The social media director for Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDem lawmaker says Electoral College was 'conceived' as way to perpetuate slavery Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals to visit White House on Monday Transportation Dept requests formal audit of Boeing 737 Max certification MORE’s presidential campaign said late Monday that an image that sparked a firestorm was “lifted from an anti-Hillary Twitter user where countless images appear.”

“The social media graphic used this weekend was not created by the campaign nor was it sourced from an anti-Semitic site,” Dan Scavino said in a post on Facebook.

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“The sheriff’s badge — which is available under Microsoft’s ‘shapes’ — fit with the theme of corrupt Hillary and that is why I selected it,” he added.

“As the Social Media Director for the campaign, I would never offend anyone and therefore chose to remove the image.”

Scavino early Tuesday tweeted that any suggestions that he is anti-Semitic are "awful."

Trump on Saturday tweeted an image accusing Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDem lawmaker says Electoral College was 'conceived' as way to perpetuate slavery Dem strategist says Donna Brazile is joining Fox News 'for the money' CNN to host town hall with Cory Booker in South Carolina MORE, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, 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.

Early Monday, Trump blamed “dishonest media” for the controversy.

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

Clinton’s campaign responded, saying the “blatantly anti-Semitic” image came from “racist websites.”

“Now, not only won’t he apologize for it, he’s peddling lies and blaming others,” Sara Bard, the campaign’s director for Jewish outreach, said in a statement.

Trump later said Clinton was using "false attacks" to divert attention from "dishonest behavior."

This report was updated on July 5th at 7:56 a.m.