President Donald Trump tweeted approvingly on Sunday a video showing one of his supporters chanting “white power,” a racist catchphrase associated with white supremacists. He later deleted the tweet, and the White House said the president had not heard “the only statement” on the video.
The video appeared to have been taken at The Villages, a Florida retirement community, and showed protests of mourning between Trump supporters and opponents.
“Thanks to the great people at The Villages,” Trump tweeted. Moments in the video he shared, a man driving a golf cart with pro-Trump signs and flags yells “white power.” The video also shows anti-Trump protesters shouting “Nazis,” “racists” and profanity at Trump supporters.
“There is no question” that Trump should not have retweeted the video and “should simply remove it,” Senator Tim Scott, a Republican from South Carolina, told CNN’s “State of the Union”. Scott is the only black Republican in the Senate.
Soon after, Trump deleted the tweet that the video shared. White House spokesman Judd Deere said in a statement that “President 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 his many followers. ”
The White House did not respond when asked if Trump condemned the supporter’s comment.
Joe Biden, the alleged Democratic presidential candidate, condemned Trump. “We are in a battle for the soul of the nation, and the President has chosen a side. But make no mistake: it is a battle we will win, ”the former vice president tweeted.
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