Paul Ryan: Donald Trump Campaign Must "Clean Up" Social Media Following "Anti-Semitic" Clinton Tweet
"I really believe he’s got to clean up the way his new media works."
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) thinks Donald Trump and his campaign aides need to "clean up" the way they are using social media.
He was asked on Tuesday about Trump's controversial tweet this weekend that labeled Hillary Clinton as "the most corrupt candidate ever" on an image of the Star of David.
“Look, anti-Semitic images, they’ve got no place in a presidential campaign." Ryan told Wisconsin radio station WTMJ's Charlie Sykes in an interview. "Candidates should know that. The tweet’s been deleted. I don’t know what flunky put this up there. They’ve obviously got to fix that. We’ve got to get back to the issues that matter to the public."
He added that if he had to "stop everything and comment on a ridiculous tweet sent out by this campaign" that he'd have no time to do anything else.
Sykes asked Ryan if someone needs to call Trump and tell him to get his social media under control.
"Yeah, I really believe he’s got to clean up the way his new media works," responded Ryan. "But most importantly, as you know ... one of the few times I spoke out against him during the primary very forcefully was in this area, when he failed to disavow supremacists, white supremacists. And so look, I’ve made this really, really clear."
He concluded, "The point is, I think he’s got to clean this up. My understanding is that this was done by staff, not by he, himself. But more importantly, they’ve got to clean this thing up."
The six-pointed star tweet was deleted and replaced with a circle icon and Trump said the original image was always meant to be just a "plain star."
Interesting to see a major party nominee leverage the antisemitism meme so aggressively: pic.twitter.com/LmHZWegQte— Prof. Jeff Brexit (@ProfJeffJarviss) July 2, 2016
Dishonest media is trying their absolute best to depict a star in a tweet as the Star of David rather than a Sheriff's Star, or plain star!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 4, 2016