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Trump Deletes Tweet That Was Criticized As Anti-Semitic

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- Donald Trump's tweets are getting him in trouble once again.


The presumptive Republican presidential nominee created a stir on social media by posting online an image of Democratic rival Hillary Clinton with what appears to be a Star of David and a background of dollar bills.

Trump took Clinton's old Twitter avatar celebrating her status as the first presumptive female presidential nominee and added a background of dollar bills along with the words "Most Corrupt Candidate Ever!" written over a six-point star.

The image posted Saturday quickly drew scrutiny online, raising accusations of anti-Semitism. reported the meme first appeared on an Internet message board used by neo-Nazis, white supremacists and anti-Semites.

Trump deleted the tweet later in the day and replaced it with a version that uses a circle in place of the star.

Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski called the controversy "political correctness run amok."

"A tweet is a simple tweet, and the bottom line is you can read into things that are not there. You know, this is a simple star," Lewandowski told CNN.

He added that it is "the same star that sheriffs' departments all over the place" use.

A Trump campaign spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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