Trump Praises Elie Wiesel After Using Neo-Nazi Image To Attack Hillary

Wiesel, who spent his life exposing the horrors of intolerance, would not be impressed.

04/07/2016 10:25 AM AEST | Updated 06/07/2016 1:10 AM AEST
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Just a day after Donald Trump tweeted out a blatantly anti-Semitic image attacking Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee praised the work of author and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, who died on Saturday.

"The world is a better place because of him and his belief that good can triumph over evil!" Trump tweeted Sunday evening.

He was roundly lambasted the day before after tweeting an image of a smiling Clinton on top of $100 bills and next to a Star of David reading "Most Corrupt Candidate Ever!" He later tweeted a new image that replaced the star with a circle and deleted the first tweet.

The anti-Semitic imagery was previously used on a website frequented by neo-Nazis and white supremacists, Mic News reported.

Trump has come under fire in past months for retweeting white supremacists. Earlier this year he drew ire after refusing several times to disavow the endorsement of former KKK leader David Duke before finally doing so during a debate in Detroit.

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Wiesel, who survived the Auschwitz concentration camp and went on to win the Nobel Peace Prize, authored more than 50 books, including "Night," based on his experiences during the Holocaust. He was an "eloquent witness for the six million Jews slaughtered in World War II," The New York Times wrote in an obituary. The Nobel committee dubbed him "a messenger to mankind." 

President Barack Obama wrote a touching letter about Wiesel after his death.

“He raised his voice, not just against anti-Semitism, but against hatred, bigotry and intolerance in all its forms," the president wrote. "As a writer, a speaker, an activist, and a thinker, he was one of those people who changed the world more as a citizen of the world than those who hold office or traditional positions of power. His life, and the power of his example, urges us to be better.”

It's unlikely Wiesel would have had kind words for Trump. He had met the businessman, Tablet reported, and "was repulsed by his xenophobic rhetoric."

On Sunday, the Anti-Defamation League called on Trump to disavow the anti-Semitic acts by some of his supporters.

"It's been concerning that [Donald Trump] hasn't spoken out forcefully against these people. It is outrageous to think that the candidate is sourcing material from some of the worst elements in our society," Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO and national director of the league, told The Hill.

"We would like to see [Trump] speak out consistently and clearly and reject not only this kind of prejudice, but the people behind it. And make it clear that they have no please [sic] in the public conversation, and no place in a political campaign, and that they have nothing to do with making America great again."

The Trump campaign could not immediately be reached for comment.

Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liarrampant xenophoberacistmisogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.

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