Trump: Star of David issue has 'been very much resolved'
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Donald TrumpDonald TrumpDC goes to the dogs — Major and Champ, that is Biden on refugee cap: 'We couldn't do two things at once' Taylor Greene defends 'America First' effort, pushes back on critics MORE on Wednesday said the issue surrounding him sharing what has been called an anti-Semitic image on Twitter has been resolved. 

In an interview with local news station WKRC in Sharonville, Ohio, Wednesday evening, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee called the criticism "ridiculous" and blamed the controversy on the media, echoing an argument he made at a rally in Ohio earlier. 

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"It's just a corrupt media," Trump told the station in an interview first reported by BuzzFeed.

“I mean they’re almost as corrupt as [presumptive Democratic presidential nominee] Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPelosi on power in DC: 'You have to seize it' Cuba readies for life without Castro Chelsea Clinton: Pics of Trump getting vaccinated would help him 'claim credit' MORE, frankly. And it was so ridiculous. And a lot of people have called it out for what it was. But it was so totally ridiculous. And I think that problem now frankly has been very much resolved to my way because when you take a star — when you take a star, it could’ve been a sheriff’s star, it could’ve been anything. It was just a star and they started saying it was the Star of David. It’s just a corrupt and very dishonest media doing that.”

Trump reignited the controversy over the star Wednesday night in Ohio, after his campaign had previously taken the image containing it down from Twitter. The original image, posted over the July Fourth weekend, featured Clinton over $100 bills, with the words "Most corrupt candidate ever!" in a six-pointed star. 

While the image was criticized as anti-Semitic, Trump suggested during the rally Wednesday that news outlets were actually "racially profiling" by linking the star in the image to the Star of David.

"So one of my guys, who is married to a Jewish woman," Trump said, referring to the campaign's social media director, Dan Scavino, "he put out a tweet talking about crooked Hillary Clinton and on the tweet was a star, a star, like a star.

"All of a sudden it turned out to be in the minds of the press, only because it could have been a sheriff's star, it could have been a regular star," Trump said. "They said, 'Oh it had money behind it.' So actually they’re racially profiling."

Following the campaign rally, he tweeted a picture of a book about Disney's animated film "Frozen," which shows a similar star on the cover. 

"Where is the outrage for this Disney book? Is this the 'Star of David' also? Dishonest media! #Frozen," he wrote.