WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump 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 appears to have been taken at The Villages, a Florida retirement community.
It shows dueling demonstrations between Trump supporters and opponents. Trump tweeted: “Thank you to the great people of The Villages.” South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott told CNN that “there’s no question “ that Trump should not have retweeted the video and ”should just take it down.” Scott is the only Black Republican in the Senate.
These Black Trump supporters are pathetic.
Jake Tapper, who is white, had to push Republican Senator Tim Scott, who is black, just to get Scott to admit the obvious point that Trump tweeting a “white power” video is offensive.pic.twitter.com/63Ogiiny74
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) June 28, 2020
The GOP is sick. It invited racist parasites into Lincoln's party years ago and they've sucked the values and patriotism from its body. I haven't been optimistic that it could change, but I hoped and fought anyway. Now, I don't see how it ever recovers from Trump's "white power."
— Evan McMullin 🇺🇸 (@EvanMcMullin) June 28, 2020