The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Trump’s tweet. “The Villages” was trending on Twitter when people took advantage of the tweet.
The beginning of the video shows protesters yelling “racist” and “where’s your white hood” to a man and woman traveling in a golf cart adorned with Trump signs. “Yes, you do,” the man replies, raising his fist. “White Power”.
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Other clips show protesters yelling “f — Trump” and “Nazi” to other Trump supporters who were driving in golf carts, a common mode of transportation in The Villages, a community planned for people over 55.
“The radical left does nothing Democrats will fall in the fall. Corrupt Joe is shot. See you soon !!! “Trump tweeted.
Tim Scott of South Carolina, the only black Republican in the Senate, said on CNN’s “State of the Union” that the video was offensive and should be removed.
“I think it is indefensible. I should take it down, ”Scott said.
Also on CNN, John Bolton, the former national security adviser, said he doubted Trump specifically endorsed the “white power” message, but that he had been misled to see people displaying “Trump 2020” signs.
“That’s all I needed to see,” said Bolton. “Not paying attention, not considering all the implications of the information you get, is typical of Trump.”
Trump has faced criticism of his rhetoric since protests against police brutality began after Floyd’s death.
In late May, when some of the protests turned violent, Trump tweeted that “when the looting begins, the shooting begins,” a phrase used by a White Miami police chief to threaten civil rights protesters in the 1960s.
Trump said he did not know the origin of the phrase, but on June 11 he told an interviewer on Fox News that he heard it from the former Philadelphia Police Commissioner and Mayor Frank Rizzo, whose mandate was marked by police violence against the black communities.
During his run for a third term as mayor, Rizzo urged people to “vote for whites.”
(Updates with Scott, Bolton of the eighth paragraph).
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