President TrumpDonald John Trump Four men accused of trying to tear down Andrew Jackson statue in DC Video shows retired workers signs of social estrangement ahead of Trump Tulsa rally: WaPo Biden criticizes Trump for failing to sanction Russia for the intelligence of the “rewards” of Afghan militants MORE He retweeted and then deleted a video on Sunday that featured a protester yelling “white power” during the Florida protests.
In the deleted tweet, Trump applauded the Florida protesters shown in the video for more than two minutes. The apparently pro-Trump protester yelled “white power” within the first nine seconds of the video.
“Thanks to the great people at The Villages,” the president posted. “The radical left does nothing Democrats will fall in the fall. Corrupt Joe is shot. See you soon!!!”
The tweet was removed at 11:30 am
White House spokesman Judd Deere said in a statement that the president “did not hear the only statement made in the video.”
“What he did see was tremendous enthusiasm from his many followers,” he said.
The video that Trump retweeted shows confrontations between anti-Trump protesters lining up on a street and pro-Trump protesters circulating in Golf cars.
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The clip begins with the Trump supporter driving in a cart with “Trump 2020” and “America First” signs. Amid screaming, a protester says “raise your white voice.” Soon after, the man in the golf car yells “white power.”
“There you go. White power ”, responds an off-camera protester.
The video, which has 3.8 million views on Twitter, also shows an anti-Trump protester yelling “f — Trump” in passing golf carts and calling one of his supporters a “bloody Nazi racist pig. “
The pro-Trump protester who yelled “white power” is also shown outside his golf cart before a protester tells him to “go back to your cart, asshole.” After an anti-Trump protester moves in front of his car, the protester passes and his passenger gives the protesters the middle finger.
Before the removal of the tweet, the senator. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene Scott Sunday shows a preview: With coronavirus cases on the rise, lawmakers and health officials weigh The Hill’s 12:30 Report – Presented by Facebook – States are pausing to reopen Gridlock look at possibilities of a police reform agreement MORE (SC), the only black senator in the Republican Party, told CNN’s “State of the Union” that Trump should remove the retweeted video.
“There is no question that he should not have been retweeted, and should simply be removed,” said Scott, who led the Republican Party’s police reform effort.
When asked if he offended him, the senator said: “Everything was offensive. Certainly, the comment about white power was offensive. No doubt.
But he added that he was not going to “play politics” with the video.
Former White House National Security Advisor John BoltonJohn BoltonSunday shows preview: As coronavirus cases rise, lawmakers and health officials weigh on Grassley hitting Trump, Fox News on City Hall responds to bipartisan strategy to counter China’s defiance of international order MORE told the “State of the Union” that it was “entirely possible,” the president tweeted the video without hearing the protester say “white power.”
“I would just make this observation: You don’t pay attention to a lot of things. It is entirely possible that he tweeted this video because he saw the sign, ”Bolton said. “And that’s all I needed to see.”
The protest in Florida comes as protests have erupted across the United States in response to the death of a black man, George Floyd, in Minneapolis police custody. Protesters have called for police reform after the deaths of Floyd and other African Americans in police custody.