President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the BOK Center on June 20, 2020 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
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President Donald Trump promoted a video on Twitter Sunday morning that shows a man in a golf cart with Trump campaign gear yelling “white power.”
The video, which Trump said was from the Florida retirement community known as The Villages, featured a parade of golf carts, some with pro-Trump posters, leading anti-Trump protesters yelling curses at them. The man heard screaming “white power” was responding to protesters by shouting “racist”.
The tweet was removed from his feed hours later.
“Thanks to the great people at The Villages,” Trump had written. “The radical left does nothing. The Democrats will fall in the fall. Corrupt Joe is shot. See you soon!”
In a statement to reporters, White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere said Trump “is a great admirer of The Villages. He did not hear the only statement made in the video. What he did see was tremendous enthusiasm from its many supporters. “
Speaking about CNN’s “State of the Union,” Sen. Tim Scott, RS.C., said of Trump’s promotion, “there is no question he shouldn’t have retweeted it.”
“It should be removed,” Scott said, adding that he believes the video is “indefensible.”
“We should remove it,” he said. “That is what I think.”
Elsewhere in the “State of the Union” on Sunday, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said that “obviously neither the president, his administration nor I would do anything to support white supremacy or anything like that.”
“I haven’t seen that, so I don’t want to comment further on that,” Azar said after CNN’s Jake Tapper played the video on air. “But obviously, the president and I and his entire administration would oppose any act of white supremacy.”
The president has a history of troublesome retweets dating back years, such as when he promoted an account with the identifier “WhiteGenocideTM” during the 2016 campaign and in recent months, where he has increasingly retweeted accounts that support or promote the theory. of the QAnon conspiracy.
Trump has also been accused of sympathizing with white supremacists. In 2017, Trump said there were “very good people” among a group of white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Trump has remained steadfast in his opposition to renaming military bases and removing statues honoring members of the Confederacy, even as members of his own party express openness to doing so.
Trump on Saturday That a vote for him will be a vote to protect “our Heritage, History and LAW AND ORDER!”