President Donald Trump on Sunday tweeted approvingly of a video exhibiting considered one of his supporters chanting “white power,” a racist slogan related to white supremacists. He later deleted the tweet and the White House mentioned the president had not heard “the one statement” on the video.
The video appeared to have been taken at The Villages, a Florida retirement neighborhood, and confirmed dueling demonstrations between Trump supporters and opponents.
“Thank you to the great people of The Villages,” Trump tweeted. Moments into the video clip he shared, a person driving a golf cart displaying pro-Trump indicators and flags shouts ‘white energy.” The video additionally reveals anti-Trump protesters shouting “Nazi,” “racist,” and profanities on the Trump backers.
“There’s no question” that Trump shouldn’t have retweeted the video and “he should just take it down,” Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., instructed CNN’s “State of the Union.” Scott is the one Black Republican within the Senate.
Shortly afterward, Trump deleted the tweet that shared the video. White House spokesman Judd Deere mentioned in a press release that “President Trump is a big fan of The Villages. He did not hear the one statement made on the video. What he did see was tremendous enthusiasm from his many supporters.”
The president’s resolution to spotlight a video that includes a racist slogan comes amid a nationwide reckoning over race following the deaths of George Floyd and different Black Americans. Floyd, a Black Minneapolis man, died after a white police officer pressed his knee into his neck for a number of minutes.
Protests in opposition to police brutality and bias in legislation enforcement have occurred throughout the nation following Floyd’s loss of life and there has additionally been a push to take away Confederate monuments, an effort Trump has opposed.
Trump’s tenure in workplace has appeared to have emboldened white supremacist and nationalist teams, a few of whom have embraced his presidency. In 2017, Trump responded to clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia, between white nationalists and counter-protesters by saying there have been “very fine people on both sides.”