Trump promotes video of a supporter saying 'white power'

Cheryl Sanders
July 1, 2020

"Thank you to the great people of The Villages", Trump wrote in his tweet, referring to a popular retirement community outside of Orlando, Florida. McEnany said Monday that Trump had watched the video before retweeting it but didn't hear his supporter say "white power". Their golf cart has two signs in support of the president's bid for reelection, one reading "Trump 2020" and another reading "America First".

"Corrupt Joe is shot".

This time, Trump's decision to highlight a video featuring a racist slogan comes amid a national reckoning over race following the deaths of George Floyd and other African Americans at the hands of law enforcement.

The president's retweet sparked immediate backlash - including from Republicans.

On Sunday morning Sen.

"There's no question" that Trump should not have retweeted the video and "he should just take it down", Senator Tim Scott, (Republican, South carolina) told CNN's State of the Union.

While the video was tweeted Saturday and so far received almost 15,000 retweets, it appears to have been recorded on June 14, according to a recap of the rally posted by the community news outlet Villages News.

"He did not hear the one statement made on the video".

The video shared by the president showed several pro-Trump seniors in Florida having an exchange with anti-Trump protestors and supporters of Black Lives Matter and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

The White House did not immediately return Business Insider's request for comment on Sunday. "See you soon!" Trump tweeted, as he shared the video that opens with an elderly white man in a golf cart decorated with Trump signs being heckled by a counterprotester who asks "where's your white hood?"

Officials said the president gets a deluge of content from aides and allies, with one of them saying the "white power" incident was a "lesson to all of us in the White House to be more aware of what's out there". More recently, in May, Trump used similar language, calling protesters "very good people" after they carried guns into the Michigan Capitol to demonstrate against the governors' stay-at-home order.

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