Donald Trump defended a controversial tweet posted to his account — and later deleted — that was criticized as anti-Semitic by citing Disney’s hit film Frozen.
“Where is the outrage for this Disney book? Is this the ‘Star of David’ also?” Trump tweeted on Wednesday night alongside a photo of a Frozen coloring book that featured the Star of David shape. “Dishonest media!” he added, using the hashtag #Frozen.
Last week, Trump tweeted an image of Hillary Clinton standing in front of a pile of money; emblazoned on the side of the photo was a Star of David shape with “Most Corrupt Candidate Ever!” written on its inside. The image, as Mic reported, first appeared on a racist website. Among those who praised the tweet included David Duke, the former KKK Grand Wizard, who pinned a screenshot of Trump’s tweet to his Twitter page.
The original tweet was deleted and replaced by a similar version without the star, but Trump has maintained that wasn’t the right decision by his team. During a speech on Wednesday in Cincinnati, before posting the Frozen tweet, the presumed Republican presidential nominee recalled telling a staffer, “You shouldn’t have taken it down.” He added, “I said, ‘Too bad, you should have left it up.’ I would have rather defended it.”
Which he has: “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,” read a statement posted by Trump on Monday, after Clinton’s campaign called the photo “blatantly anti-Semitic.”
In a tweet posted the same day, Trump wrote, “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!”
Following the Frozen tweet (see it below), Trump was mocked online by Clinton herself, Trump’s expected opponent in the race for President of the United States.
“Do you want to build a strawman?” Clinton’s account posted, referencing a lyric from the Disney musical.