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Trump's Star of David tweet inspired by supremacist site, report says

Technically Incorrect: After a controversial tweet featuring Hillary Clinton, cash and the Star Of David was removed, the image's roots are revealed.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


The original tweet.

Donald Trump/Twitter

So this is independence.

We have the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate being interviewed by the FBI because of a private email server which may or may not have been independently -- and illegally -- used.

And then there's the presumptive Republican candidate.

He has already admitted that his retweets get him into trouble. But what about his tweets?

On Saturday, Donald Trump posted a tweet to his 9.4 million followers that included several elements: a photo of Hillary Clinton, a pile of cash, the words "History Made" and "Most corrupt candidate ever!" and the Star of David.

The tweet was quickly removed.

It was replaced by an almost identical tweet that replaced the Star of David with a circle.

That was not before some commentators wondered whether the true meaning of the tweet was to suggest that Clinton took money from Wall Street and that Wall Street is controlled by Jews.

It was an odd image to have concocted. Or did Donald Trump concoct it at all?

News site Mic investigated the internet's undergut and discovered that the image -- Star of David and all -- appeared on a message board frequented by far right, neo-Nazi, white supremacist types. It's actually entitled Politically Incorrect. Oh.

The image seems to have originated on a Twitter feed called FishBoneHead, which tweeted nasty comments about Muslims, refugees and race. That feed has been removed.

The Trump campaign didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

However, on Monday the candidate piped up on Twitter and mused: "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!"

He didn't address where the image came from, however. And would a sheriff's star have made sense here? Because Clinton is, well, the Sheriff of Wall Street?

His former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, now a CNN commentator, insisted that any criticism of the tweet was mere, here's that phrase again, "political correctness run amok."

This isn't the first time that the candidate's Twitter account has been connected with tweeting elements discovered on white supremacist sites.

Still, if this is a case of political correctness gone too far, why was the tweet removed and then an altered version reposted?

Before this campaign is done, there will be more nastiness, more innuendo and, most certainly, more questionable tweets.

The question, though, is whether some of these apparently racist-inspired messages are being posted randomly, independently or with the full knowledge of what they mean and where they come from.