Former Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski on Tuesday claimed the campaign’s social media director had already apologized for a controversial tweet that featured the Star of David in a heated exchange on CNN.
Christine Quinn, appearing as a Hillary Clinton supporter, said Trump’s campaign has repeatedly posted offensive messages on Twitter, only to try to write them off with “Monday morning quarterbacking” and “creative stories.”
Lewandowski, a CNN political commentator, warned Quinn not to malign Dan Scavino, the Trump aide responsible for the controversial tweet.
“I don’t think we can impugn Dan Scavino, I don’t think there’s any malice there. And you don’t know him, so I’d be very careful about that,” Lewandowski replied.
He went on to cite Trump’s “long and storied history” of leading parades and supporting Israel as evidence the tweet was not intended to be anti-Semitic.
In a statement posted Monday evening on Facebook, Scavino said he did not source the meme from a white supremacist site and that it was based on the shape of a “sheriff’s badge.”
“As the Social Media Director for the campaign, I would never offend anyone and therefore chose to remove the image,” he said in the statement.
Watch a clip of the exchange via CNN:
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