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New York Observer Writer Blasts Donald Trump’s Son-in-Law Over ‘Anti-Semitic’ Meme: ‘How Do You Allow This?’

”When you stand silent and smiling in the background, his Jewish son-in-law, you’re giving his most hateful supporters tacit approval,“ Dana Schwartz writes in open letter to paper’s owner Jared Kushner

An entertainment writer at the New York Observer is calling out Jared Kushner, the paper’s owner and Donald Trump’s son-in-law, for supporting the presidential candidate following a controversial meme he tweeted on Saturday.

In an open letter published in the Observer, Dana Schwartz referenced what she called the meme’s “anti-Semitic imagery,” which depicted Hillary Clinton beside the words “Most Corrupt Candidate” superimposed over a six-pointed silhouette resembling a Star of David atop a background of $100 bills. Though Trump claimed the symbol was a sheriff’s star, he deleted the tweet and republished the image with a circle instead.

“People can play ignorant, blame the corrupt liberal media for trying to ‘get’ Trump, but it takes only a basic knowledge of world history or an understanding of how symbols work to see a wall of cash, a Star of David, and the accusation of corruption and not see the subtext,” Schwartz wrote.

She also included a gallery of anti-Semitic tweets she received after tweeting out her response to the meme, and highlighted efforts by Trump’s supporters to point out the fact that his son-in-law’s Jewish heritage as proof that the candidate is not anti-Semitic.

“Please do not condescend to me and pretend you don’t understand the imagery of a six-sided star when juxtaposed with money and accusations of financial dishonesty. I’m asking you, not as a ‘gotcha’ journalist or as a liberal but as a human being: how do you allow this? Because, Mr. Kushner, you are allowing this,” Schwartz wrote. “When you stand silent and smiling in the background, his Jewish son-in-law, you’re giving his most hateful supporters tacit approval.”

Schwartz further discussed how the meme was taken from a white supremacist internet forum, and that Trump’s re-posting of it included the hashtag #AmericaFirst, a movement led by “white supremacist” Charles Lindbergh during World War II. Though she said Trump himself might not be anti-Semitic, several of his supporters are and the candidate has not denounced any of their messages.

In a statement to TheWrap, Kushner said, “My father-in-law is an incredibly loving and tolerant person who has embraced my family and our Judaism since I began dating my wife. I know that Donald does not at all subscribe to any racist or anti-semitic thinking. I have personally seen him embrace people of all racial and religious backgrounds. The suggestion that he may be intolerant is not reflective of the Donald Trump I know.”

TheWrap declined a later request for retraction of the statement by a Kushner representative.

Kushner — who is married to the GOP presumptive nominee’s daughter Ivanka — has become increasingly involved with Trump’s campaign, having virtually become its unofficial manager. In addition to helping recruit a new director of communications, Kushner has drafted several of Trump’s policy speeches, led the creation of an online fundraising system for the campaign, and is aiding the candidate in selecting a running mate, according to the New York Times.

Read Schwartz’s letter in full here.