In his statement – which came in response to an open letter for Observer entertainment writer Dana Schwartz – Kushner, who is Jewish, said that Trump “does not at all subscribe to any racist or anti-Semitic thinking,” Politico reports.
Schwartz’s open letter spoke in-depth about her feelings towards a now-deleted photo that Trump tweeted on Saturday, which showed Hillary Clinton pasted onto a background made of hundred dollar bills, with the words “Most Corrupt Candidate Ever!” written in a six-point star.
Schwartz directly challenged Kushner, effectively her boss, to answer for the anti-Semitism of the meme and of the attacks she received on social media for questioning it. “What are you going to do about this?” she wrote. “Look at those tweets I got again, the ones calling me out for my Jewish last name, insulting my nose, evoking the holocaust, and tell me I’m being too sensitive.”
The photo sparked backlash from more than just Schwartz, as many interpreted the image as a Star of David, and accused Trump of having Anti-Semitic views. However, days later, Trump clarified that the image was meant to be “a Sheriff’s Star, or plain star!”
Despite denying that the picture was anything but misinterpreted, Trump later reposted the image, but changed the star shape to a circle.