The White House stressed that the President did not hear the statement on the video, which caused discussions in American society.
US President Donald Trump on Sunday posted a tweet that contained a man shouting “White Power” – a racist slogan associated with white supremacists. Trump later deleted the tweet, and the White House said the President did not hear the statement on the video.
The video was shot in a residential complex for the elderly, The Villages in Florida, and it captured the confrontation between Trump supporters and his opponents.
“Thank you to the wonderful people from The Villages,” Trump wrote.
A few seconds after the start of the video, which he shared, a man appears in the frame on a Golf cart decorated with slogans in support of Trump and flags and shouts “White Power.”
The video also shows anti-trump demonstrators shouting obscenities at his supporters.
“There is no doubt” that Trump should not have retweeted the video, and he should “just take it down,” said Republican Senator Tim Scott, speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union” program. Scott is the only black Republican in the Senate.
Shortly after, Trump deleted the tweet from the video. White House press Secretary Judd Deere said that “President Trump is a big fan of The Villages.”
“He didn’t hear the single statement made on the video,” Deere added. ” What he saw was huge enthusiasm from many of his supporters.”
The President’s decision to distribute the video came amid a national debate on racial issues following the deaths of George Floyd and other black Americans. Minneapolis resident Floyd died after a white police officer pinned his neck with his knee to the ground for several minutes.
After Floyd’s death, protests began across the country against police brutality and law enforcement bias. Also, there are calls for the demolition of monuments to the confederates, which Trump opposes.