Trump, Clinton facing court of public opinion for tweet, email

FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2015 file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in Sparks, Nev. One year before Election Day 2016, Republicans are consumed by uncertainty and infighting while Democrats are coalescing behind Hillary Rodham Clinton. But there's a long way to go. (AP Photo/Lance Iversen, File)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The two presumed political candidates for the Democratic and Republican parties are both in the spotlight and being viewed in the court of public opinion.

The FBI Director, James Comey, made a statement Tuesday, in which he says he doesn’t find any evidence to criminally prosecute Hillary Clinton for sending and deleting emails. The director said he found her use irresponsible but said there was not reason to prosecute her.

Local politician, Kevin Hardwick, says the FBI making a statement on such a topic is rare; Comey said the same in his statement adding he feels it is necessary for the public to know about this opinion.

“He did deliver a very stinging personal indictment about the way she conducts business, she handles sensitive information,” said Hardwick. “I can see a commercial with Hillary saying one thing and the FBI director who probably has more credibility than anybody in the arena right now saying the opposite.  I think that’ll hurt her but on balance it may be a wash.”

Meanwhile, Donald Trump is under fire for sending out a tweet with Hillary’s face superimposed over a Star of David. The tweet and its message has people from the Jewish faith talking about Trump’s views.

“There are quiet moments in our people’s history but then things like this flare up and that causes us extreme worry,” said Rabbi Adam Schleldt with the Temple Beth Zion in Buffalo.

The Rabbi says anti-Semitism is a painful part of Jewish history.

“It’s awful and hurtful; it’s based in ignorance and fear,” said the Rabbi. “It’s not just overt stuff like shoving or pushing but it’s small jokes about imposing images.”

Donald Trump blames the media for the tweet going viral. The Rabbi says he believes it is sheer ignorance.

“As a religious leader, I try very, very hard to find love and kindness and respect for everyone,” said the Rabbi. “It is becoming increasingly difficult to maintain respect for anyone or party that endorses the behavior we’ve so consistently seen from Trump.”

The Rabbi believes it’s important to show respect for all religions, races and genders and for everyone to stand up for each other.

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