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Republican Party Nominee Donald Trump Unleash

Dennis the Menace is a popular daily syndicated newspaper comic strip that portrays the main character Dennis as a troublemaker or as someone who is always getting into trouble.

Although Trump is no Dennis the Menace, he has the tendency of always getting into trouble by virtue of both his utterances and tweets.

Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore
Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore

The litany of Trump’s missteps, of course, is too many to list here, but some of the more blatant ones include the mocking of a disabled newspaper reporter, referring to undocumented immigrants from Mexico as “rapists” criticizing Fox’s host Megyn Kelly by saying one could see “blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever,” casting smear on former Republican Party presidential candidate Carly Fiorina’s appearance saying: “Look at that face!, “pointing to a black man in the crowd at one of his rallies and calling him, “my African-American.”

The foregoing, have caused many people to recoil from supporting Trump in his quest to become President of the United States.

That said, Trump has always argued that his comments or tweets have been misconstrued or taken out of context.

Now, his latest tweet has gone viral and again is causing trouble for his Republican Party. Trump, in his attempt to mock his rival Hillary Clinton tweeted an image of her alongside hundred-dollar bills and what appears to be a Jewish star bearing the words “most corrupt candidate ever!”

Now, this has prompted a response of outrage and disgust among netizens on social media especially among members of the Jewish community.

As if his initial tweet was not enough, Trump reportedly tweeted a similar image in which the six-pointed Star of David – which appears on Israel’s flag and which Jews were forced to wear on their clothing by the Nazis during the Holocaust – was replaced by a circle.

He later reportedly deleted the original tweet, but still had critics fuming at his insensitivity.

Critics have posited the view that the image featuring the star harkened back to centuries-old anti-Semitic stereotypes, such as the belief that Jews are greedy.

“Just saw #DonaldTrump’s Star of David tweet. I’m impressed by his ability to find a way to insult literally every kind of human being,” screenwriter Cole Haddon wrote on Twitter.

“A Star of David, a pile of cash, and suggestions of corruption. Donald Trump again plays to the white supremacists,” wrote Erick Erickson, a conservative radio host who has been critical of Trump.

Trump’s penchant for ‘trouble’ has had some of the members of the leadership of the Republican Party fuming, but no doubt others do love it as Trump is a different kind of candidate.

Barbara Greene, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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