It seems Donald Trump’s campaign has again received inspiration from neo-Nazis. All those who immediately saw something was off about the image Donald Trump tweeted on Saturday to call Hillary corrupt that included a Star of David were right to be suspicious: it appeared on a message board that is popular with white supremacists.
Mic’s Anthony Smith did a little digging and found that the image “was previously featured on /pol/ — an Internet message board for the alt-right, a digital movement of neo-Nazis, anti-Semites and white supremacists newly emboldened by the success of Trump’s rhetoric — as early as June 22, over a week before Trump’s team tweeted it.”
This is how it originally looked when it was published, according to an Internet archive site:
The name of the image was HillHistory.jpg, which Smith said could potentially be code for “Heil Hitler.”
Two hours after he raised an online firestorm when he tweeted the image, Trump sent out a different version of the same image that used a circle instead of the six-pointed star. He also deleted the original tweet.
In any other campaign for presidency if the presumptive Republican nominee sent out material that appeared to have been created by white supremacists it would surely lead to scandal. Now it will likely just be the latest in a long line of offensive and questionable statements. After all, this isn’t even the first time Trump has been tied to white supremacists. “The presumptive Republican nominee is literally recycling White Supremacist propaganda,” wrote the New Republic’s Jeet Heer. “And we’re inured to it.”