There were many Trump apologists who took to social and regular media to defend their man claiming everything from a biased media, to a naive campaign staffer, to an overly politically correct society all too willing to heap blame on their innocent candidate.
But now we know they were either wrong or lying. The fact of the matter is that the image was directly culled from an Internet message board for the alt-right, a digital movement of neo-Nazis, anti-Semites and white supremacists newly emboldened by Trump's recent popularity and success.
A website named Mic did some digging and discovered that Donald Trump's Twitter account wasn't the first place the offensive meme appeared. The image was previously featured on /pol/ as early as June 22, well over a week before Trump's team tweeted it.
Though the thread where the meme was featured no longer exists, you can find it by searching the URL in Archive.is, a "time capsule of the internet" that saves unalterable text and graphics of webpages. Doing so allows you to see the thread on /pol/ as it originally existed...
|Trump's anti-Semetic ad as it was featured on /pol/ a full week before he re-tweeted it|
Take notice of the two lowercase h’s in “hILLhISTORY.” which is a nod to the Neo-Nazis as it is a code for "HH," or "Heil Hitler," from the alt-right.
In addition to that not so hidden code there is also the telltale watermark on the lower-left corner of the image leads to FishBoneHead1's Twitter account that regularly tweets violent, racist memes commenting on the state of geopolitical politics.
*UPDATE (7/4/16) - As of today FishBoneHead1's account has been deleted.
Other examples of images tweeted by this account include violent propaganda about Muslims and refugees and racist images of Clinton and black Democrats.
Following the report by Mic, the account from which the watermarked Star of David meme came from no longer exists as of Sunday afternoon.
That brings us to today when the Trump team, in a weak attempt a damage control, sent out their recently "fired" campaign manager Corey Lewandowski onto the "State Of The Union" to explain what the six sided star in the ad really meant...
“It’s the same star that sheriff’s departments across the country use all over the place to represent law enforcement. To read into something that isn’t there is, you know what, again, that is the mainstream media trying to attack Donald Trump for something that really isn’t there.”
After that ludicrous statement SOTU host Brianna Keilar asked Lewandowski “If there’s nothing there, Corey, then why did they pull it?” to which Lewandowski answered simply...
“The bottom line is this is political correctness run amok. If this were to be a star next to Hillary Clinton without the cash behind it, no one would be questioning this,”
There it is. All bases covered. Too PC, biased media, sheriff's star.