In the midst of his latest controversy, Donald Trump apparently had little qualms allowing the former Grand Wizard of the Klu Klux Klan to fill the void left by his campaign as it stood silent to criticisms of anti-Semitism.
By now you've surely seen the graphic critical of Hillary Clinton that the presumptive Republican presidential candidate tweeted out over the holiday weekend, just as his rival was set to be grilled by the FBI for its investigation into email practices at the State Department. The meme shared in Trump's tweet featured a six-pointed star, a pile of cash and the words "most corrupt candidate ever" superimposed near Clinton's face.
Hardly the most subtle dogwhistle, Trump's tweet quickly drew criticism online before the Star of David symbol was quietly removed. But, not before ex-KKK leader David Duke noticed the change. Duke tweeted that despite the walk-back by the Trump campaign, he welcomed "the hidden hand":
Of course, while the Trump campaign continued to remain silent on the issue, news outlets discovered the image had been posted on an anti-Semitic, white supremacist message board 10 days earlier.
It was not until Monday afternoon that the Trump campaign finally issued a statement on the controversy.
"These false attacks by Hillary Clinton trying to link the Star of David with a basic star, often used by sheriffs who deal with criminals and criminal behavior, showing an inscription that says 'Crooked Hillary is the most corrupt candidate ever' with anti-Semitism is ridiculous," Trump said in a statement, ignoring the origins of the image.