President of the United States, Donald Trump, retweeted then deleted a racist protest video showing his supporter shouting “white power” at anti-Trump demonstrators.
Sharing the video with his 82 million followers, he wrote; “Thank you to the great people of The Villages.”
The video would draw massive uproar on social media, over the phrase “white power,” a racist slogan used by white supremacists.
About 10 seconds into the two-minute video, an unidentified man driving a golf cart decked out with “Trump 2020” and “America First” signs shouts “white power” and raises his fist. The person who posted the video on Saturday claims it took place in The Villages, a retirement community in central Florida. It appears the video was taken on June 14.
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After the uproar, the White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere said President Trump did not hear the use of the slogan.
“President Trump is a big fan of The Villages. He did not hear the one statement made on the video,” Deere said. “What he did see was tremendous enthusiasm from his many supporters.”
On CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday, South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott said Trump’s retweet was “indefensible.”
“There’s no question, he should not have retweeted it,” said Scott, the only Black Republican in the Senate. “Certainly, the comment about the white power was offensive.”