President Donald Trump tweeted then deleted a video Sunday morning showing one of his supporters yelling “White Power,” but the White House says the president “did not hear” the statement in the video.
The video in the now-deleted tweet showed dueling protesters in The Villages, Florida. One man riding in a golf cart gives a thumbs up and yells “white power” twice after another accuses him of being a Klan member. (RELATED: The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board Blasts Failing Trump Campaign Message)
“Thank you to the great people of The Villages,” the president wrote in his tweet. “The Radical Left Do Nothing Democrats will Fall in the Fall. Corrupt Joe is shot. See you soon!!!”
Unbelieveable, here’s the first part of Trump’s WHITE power tweet. pic.twitter.com/hfRfsx8Dwg
— Katy (@KatyVotingBlue) June 28, 2020
Trump’s tweet was roundly condemned as the statement is clearly audible, and White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere played damage control shortly after Trump deleted the video.
South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, a close ally of the president, said on CNN, “there’s no question, he should not have retweeted it. He should just take it down.”
“President Trump is a big fan of The Villages,” Deere stated. “He did not hear the one statement made on the video. What he did see was tremendous enthusiasm from his many supporters.”
— Michael Collins (@mcollinsNEWS) June 28, 2020
He has not condemned the “white power” statement or disavowed the sentiment.
— Peter Baker (@peterbakernyt) June 28, 2020
It’s only 10am Sunday and tomorrow already feels like an “I don’t comment on the tweets” day on Capitol Hill.
— Garrett Haake (@GarrettHaake) June 28, 2020
Something missing from the White House statement — any condemnation of the racism expressed by one of the president’s supporters pic.twitter.com/bQBuxE2s0q
— Chris Megerian (@ChrisMegerian) June 28, 2020