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David Duke: Image in Trump tweet was a Star of David, not a badge

David Duke, a former Ku Klux Klan leader, white nationalist, Holocaust denier, and one-term Louisiana State Representative, said Tuesday that "everything" in the graphic Donald Trump tweeted over the weekend that's been called anti-Semitic is "absolutely correct."

"We have a situation right now where Trump is being absolutely pummeled for, guess what, posting a tweeting that shows Hillary Clinton with a big — in the midst of thousands of hundred dollar bills — a big Star of David, and the words 'the most corrupt candidate ever,'" Duke said on his radio show, per BuzzFeed News. "And Trump tweeted this: 'Hillary Clinton the most corrupt candidate ever.' Now, of course, the media immediately came out and said that this was 'anti-Semitic.' But of course, it's all true. We're not talking about something that's not true." Duke is such a fan of the graphic, a version of it is currently pinned to the top of his Twitter page.

Duke went on to say the Trump campaign is not being honest about the image, which Trump's social media director said features a badge, not a Star of David (Mic reported over the weekend that the meme was originally posted on a right-wing white nationalist message board). "The tweet again shows Clinton, it shows a Star of David," Duke said. "Of course, later the campaign made the excuse, 'Well, no, that's like a sheriff's badge.' Well, no way, folks. Clinton, money, the most campaign corrupt person." There you have it, straight from the white supremacist's mouth.