Donald Trump is still claiming that the white supremacist anti-Hillary meme he tweeted in early July depicted an innocent "sheriff's star," not a Star of David, next to "Crooked Hillary" Clinton and a bed of money.
#JewishPrivilege is blatantly anti-Semitic. It reflects the conspiracy theories many white nationalists hold about Jews — that they've been a corruptive force throughout history and that they secretly control media and politics.
But even if Trump didn't tweet the Star of David, his supporters blatantly do. Tweeting propaganda designed by a white supremacist to bolster your campaign against your Democratic opposition, even if the source was unknown — then defending it — is already a tone-deaf move.
But Trump's extremist followers clearly appreciate what they've found in their candidate: the ability to make a World War II-era labeling system great again.
Here are Trump supporters using the Star of David:
Here are Trump supporters using #JewishPrivilege:
Using the Star of David to identify Jewish people online is just the latest in digital anti-Semitism, exemplified barely a month ago by the secret "echoes" symbol used to target Jews online.
Both examples come from a faction of the internet fueled by white nationalism and rage. The Star of David meme, for example, first appeared on 8chan's /pol/ — a politically incorrect alt-right message board that steers hard right into neo-Nazi rhetoric. This group, like the greater alternative right, may be amorphous, but it has one thing in common: virtually ubiquitous support for Donald J. Trump.