Trump Tweets Video With ‘White Power’ Chant, Then Deletes It

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The motorcade for President Donald Trump travels en route to Trump National Golf Club, Sunday, June 28, 2020, in Sterling, Va. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Sunday tweeted approvingly of a video showing one of his supporters chanting “white power,” a racist slogan associated with white supremacists. He later deleted the tweet and the White House said the president had not heard “the one statement” on the video.

The video appeared to have been taken at The Villages, a Florida retirement community, and showed dueling demonstrations between Trump supporters and opponents.

“Thank you to the great people of The Villages,” Trump tweeted. Moments into the video clip he shared, a man driving a golf cart displaying pro-Trump signs and flags shouts ‘white power.” The video also shows anti-Trump protesters shouting “Nazi,” “racist,” and profanities at the Trump backers.

“There’s no question” that Trump should not have retweeted the video and “he should just take it down,” Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., told CNN’s “State of the Union.” Scott is the only Black Republican in the Senate.

“I think it’s indefensible,” he added.

Shortly afterward, Trump deleted the tweet that shared the video. White House spokesman Judd Deere said in a statement that “President Trump is a big fan of The Villages. He did not hear the one statement made on the video. What he did see was tremendous enthusiasm from his many supporters.”

The White House did not respond when asked whether Trump condemned the supporter’s comment.

The president’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 Black Americans. Floyd, a Black Minneapolis man, died after a white police officer pressed his knee into his neck for several minutes.

Protests against police brutality and bias in law enforcement have occurred across the country following Floyd’s death and there has also been a push to remove Confederate monuments, an effort Trump has opposed.

Trump’s tenure in office has appeared to have emboldened white supremacist and nationalist groups, some of whom have embraced his presidency. In 2017, Trump responded to clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia, between white nationalists and counter-protesters by saying there were “very fine people on both sides.”

Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund told CBS’ “Face the Nation” that ”This really is not about the president taking it down. This is about the judgment of the president in putting it up.”

She added, “It’s about what the president believes and it’s time for this country to really face that.”

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11 COMMENTS

  1. Woops. Another gaffe by Biden. Sorry, I meant Trump.

    He didn’t hear ‘white power’ which was repeated three times in the first ten seconds?

  2. How incompetent does one have to be not to hear the neo-nazi ‘white power’ slogan? That is the best case scenario. The worst case scenario is that he heard it and posted it to show that he supports that aspect of his base.

    • for sure he heard it. but that’s his way. first post whatever is in you heart (not that the putz has one), then wait awhile to get the message out as long as possible, then delete it and deny everything. what number lie is he at now? 20,000? 30,000? i’m still waiting for number one lie to be explained to me: MEXICO WILL PAY FOR THE WALL !
      GET OUT, YOU PUTZ ! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!
      BIDEN FOR PRESIDENT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Who cares ??
    Expect people to chant White Power when being abused and harassed by BLM racists and haters. When the entire country is going insane kneeling .

  4. Whites getting pushed out of politics, sports, everyplace. I mean everyplace..
    SO !?… The revolution is coming . You BLM lovers will reap what you sow.
    Already about a million have purchased rifles and guns. Keep pushing..

  5. President never should have deleted it. White folk have power just like any other minority or illegal alien or criminal..Time to defend ourselves in earnest.

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