Trump: Star of David Was 'Sheriff's Badge'
Clinton campaign says image was 'blatantly anti-Semitic'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 5, 2016 2:06 AM CDT
Updated Jul 5, 2016 5:21 AM CDT
Donald Trump speaks during the opening session of the Western Conservative Summit on Friday.   (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

(Newser) – With just over four months to go until Election Day, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are locked in battle over the shape of a star. In a statement issued Monday, the Clinton campaign's director of Jewish outreach slammed the Trump campaign's use of a Star of David in an anti-Clinton image as "blatantly anti-Semitic," reports the New York Times, which notes that Mic traced the image to a message board used by white supremacists. Trump, however, tweeted: "Dishonest media is trying their absolute best to depict a star in a tweet as the Star of David rather than a Sheriff's Star, or plain star." Dan Scavino, Trump's social media director, said the image had been "lifted from an anti-Hillary Twitter user where countless images appear."

Trump later issued a statement on his website saying the star is used by "sheriffs who deal with criminals and criminal behavior" and that Clinton "is just trying to divert attention from the dishonest behavior of herself and her husband." Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt wasn't buying the "sheriff's badge" line, the Guardian reports. He told CNN on Monday that the Trump campaign has had a troubling tone for months. The first couple of times Trump did things like retweet images from white supremacists could be called mistakes, he said. "But we're now at the sixth or seventh time the Trump campaign has invoked bigotry or racism. It's a pattern that’s perplexing, troubling, and wrong."