House Speaker Paul Ryan condemned Donald Trump's most recent controversial tweet that critics decried as anti-Semitic, urging him to "clean up" his social media efforts.
Speaking on WTMJ Radio
, Ryan said, "Anti-semitic images — they've got no place in [a] presidential campaign. Candidates should know that. The tweet's been deleted. I don't know what flunky put this up there . . . We got to get back to the issues that matter to the public."
The original tweet, put up over the weekend, depicted an image of presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton next to a Star of David and the words "most corrupt candidate ever" set against a backdrop of money.
Clinton and Jewish groups called the image "anti-Semitic," and Trump's campaign later removed the tweet and replaced it with a similar image, but with a circle instead of a star.
Ryan, who is chairman of this month's Republican National Convention, has publicly criticized Trump several times during the campaign, including when the real estate mogul refused to forcefully disavow an endorsement from ex-KKK Leader David Duke.
The Trump campaign's social media director Dan Scavino denied that the image was anti-Semitic, explaining to The Washington Times
that "the sheriff's badge [which is also a six-pointed star] fits with the theme of corrupt Hillary and that is why I selected it."
Scavino went on to say that "as the social media director for the campaign, I would never offend anyone and therefore chose to remove the image."
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