On Saturday, Clinton spent three and a half hours being interviewed by FBI agents about her private email server. It was, to be sure, a truly unprecedented event for a major party presidential candidate to submit to an FBI grilling over her handling of classified materials, and the Trump team’s strategy should have been to put out a statement questioning Clinton’s trustworthiness, and then to turn off their cellphones and go play golf.
Instead, Trump decided to tweet out an image of Clinton that appears to have originated on a neo-Nazi internet message board. It shows Clinton’s head superimposed on a field of $100 bills with the words “History made” above and below. At the side, the words “Most corrupt candidate ever!” are written in white letters on a red Star of David.
The image was deleted after the Trump campaign began to hear complaints that it appeared to play on anti-Semitic stereotypes, including covert Jewish influence in U.S. politics. It was later reposted with the star replaced by a circle.
But the damage was done. Trump’s surrogates, who would have preferred to be talking about Clinton’s visit with the FBI, instead were forced to explain how their candidate came to be tweeting an image that, as it turns out, was first posted on the “/pol” forum of the internet message board 8chan. That specific forum appears to be dominated by anti-Semitic and racist members.