Donald Trump removed a post on Sunday in which he shared a video of older people in conflict over their support and opposition to him, where a pro-Trump protester could be heard yelling ‘white power.’
The White House said the president did not listen to the “white power” comment and instead focused on the support he was witnessing from citizens of the Florida senior community.
“He did not hear the only statement made on the video,” White House spokesman Judd Deere told NBC News. “What he did see was tremendous enthusiasm from his many supporters.”
The “white power” comments are shouted just eight seconds into the video.
Golf carts packed with supporters paraded as the country continues its second month of unrest as clashes ensue between civil rights protesters and law enforcement.
The video was posted to Twitter by another user on Saturday and shows two minutes of clashes between citizens of The Villages, a massive age-restricted community in Sumter, Florida, between pro-Trump protesters and high-level protesters who denounce the president.
“Thanks to the great people at The Villages,” Trump posted Sunday alongside the video. ‘The radical left does nothing Democrats will fall in the fall. Corrupt Joe is shot. See you soon!!!’
Now he has removed the post.
Towards the beginning of the video, an older citizen protesting Trump yells ‘White Power’, while the passenger of the golf cart chants ‘Trump’.
There you go, white power. Did you hear that? ‘ A counter-protester standing next to the procession responded in amazement.
He removed the tweet after protests on social media, including those of his own party.
Tim Scott, the only black Republican senator, denounced Trump by posting the video, claiming he should remove it.
“There’s no question, he shouldn’t have retweeted and he should just delete it,” the South Carolina senator told CNN on Sunday morning.
Donald Trump posted a video Sunday morning, and later deleted the tweet, of senior supporters clashing with senior protesters in the age-restricted community of The Village in Florida.
‘White Power’: A Trump follower at the golf cart parade screamed ‘white power’ within eight seconds of the video as he held a fist against senior citizens on the side of the road
A particularly passionate protester accountant (here in black) stood in front of some golf carts and called the supporters ‘Nazis’ and ‘terrorists’.
The president deleted the tweet while on his way to his golf resort in Sterling, Virginia, to play golf on Sunday afternoon.
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But does it offend you? State of the Union host Jake Tapper asked Scott. “I mean, it offends me, and I’m white.”
‘You can’t play it, because it was very blasphemed. Everything was offensive, particularly the comment about white power was offensive. ” Scott claimed. ‘We can play politics with it, or we can’t. I’m not going to.’
“It is indefensible, we should remove it,” he continued.
Trump will travel to Jacksonville, Florida, in August for the Republican National Committee Convention, where he will give a speech accepting his appointment as a Republican candidate.
The convention moved to Florida from North Carolina after Democrats did not allow the RNC to give the president the desired crowd for his coronation.
Piers Morgan, once an avid advocate for the president, also criticized Trump for the tweet.
‘One of those’ great people ‘yells’ WHITE POWER! ‘Do you support it, Mr. President? the British television journalist tweeted.
South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, the only black Republican in the Senate, asked Trump to delete the tweet.
British broadcast journalist Piers Morgan also questioned whether Trump was ‘endorsing’ the video’s ‘white power’ cry
The president has already been publicly reprimanded by Twitter twice recently, once for sharing “potentially misleading” information and once for “abusive behavior.”
Twitter, for the first time, marked a duo of Trump tweets in late May when it claimed that relying entirely on mail ballots for elections during the coronavirus would lead to high chances of electoral fraud.
After adding the blue exclamation marks to the two tweets, he criticized social media and specifically claimed that Twitter was disproportionately attacking him and right-wing users.
His second Twitter attack came this week when he threatened to use ‘force’ against protesters trying to establish an autonomous zone outside the White House.
The war between Trump and Twitter occurs when the president continues to use the special media platform as his way of venting and communicating directly with his followers and opposition.
Trump boasted in another tweet Sunday morning that no more statues or monuments were defaced this weekend because he signed an executive order that would grant 10-year prison terms for those vandals.
‘Since the imposition of a very powerful 10-year prison sentence on those who destroy monuments, statues, etc., with many people arrested across our country, vandalism has come to a complete halt. Thank you!’ praise.
Protesters have defaced or caused the destruction of dozens of statues across the United States as part of the race riots that erupted after George Floyd’s death in late May at the hands of a white police officer.
Trump boasted that his executive order imposing 10-year sentences for vandals on monuments has stopped the crimes “completely”
The viral incident, which was filmed by a viewer, caused riots and massive civil rights protests across the country.
Senior citizen clashes in Florida are likely a reaction to these protests.
A roadside protester counter yelled at those in golf carts wearing Trump gear and waving ‘Make America Great Again’ flags that are ‘Nazis’ and ‘terrorists’.
Many at the sympathy rallies seemed unfazed, waving as if they were in a parade to those holding signs and yelling at them on the side of the road.
Protesters and civil rights groups and activists, demanding that police departments be defined, are also calling for all Confederate statues to be removed, and even those of those who simply owned slaves.
On Monday, protesters outside the White House attempted to tear down the Andrew Jackson statue with ropes and chains while destroying parts of the base and plotting ‘Killer’.
The effort to tear down the statue themselves failed, and the Park Police forcibly removed them from the vicinity of the White House while trying to create the ‘Black House Autonomous Zone’ there.
Some Democrats, including Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, have tried to distinguish between statues of historical figures who fought for the Confederacy and those important people who may have had slaves, such as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.