US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump .
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NEW YORK – Donald Trump brandished a graphic targeting Hillary Clinton at a campaign rally in Sunrise, Florida, on Thursday that bears remarkable resemblance to a graphic tweeted out last month by David Duke, a white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan leader who supports the Republican’s presidential candidate.
Duke’s original July 5 graphic features an emblem of the Israeli flag embedded on a $20 bill, and Clinton’s portrait replacing that of former US president Andrew Jackson, who normally graces the currency.
Trump’s version of the graphic – which alleges ties between foreign governments and the Clinton Foundation – removes the Jewish star feature, but is identical in all other respects.
Duke has made a name for himself perpetuating anti-Semitic Jewish- conspiracy theories. His enthusiastic support
for the Republican presidential nominee has dogged the Trump campaign, which has attracted followers from a host of ultraright- wing groups associated with anti-Jewish propaganda.
Duke’s original graphic, sent out on Twitter, includes the hashtags “#CrookedHillary,” “#RiggedSystem,” “#TrumpWasRight” and “#AmericaFirst.”
Trump has previously stepped in hot water over graphics interpreted as thematically anti-Semitic: Last month he denied that the symbol in a tweet sent out from his account, featuring a six-pointed star pasted over a pile of money accusing Clinton of corruption, was a Star of David.