President Donald Trump on Sunday shared a controversial video on his Twitter account and deleted it three hours later.
The video showed people, clad in Trump shirts, responding to protesters in the President’s defense. One of them was filmed shouting “white power” at the angry crowd.
The video was shot at a retirement community in Florida called The Villages. Trump’s supporters were carrying signs “Make America Sane Again,” and had the slogans “Trump 2020” and “America First” on their golf carts.
The two-minute video, uploaded by an unknown Twitter account, also showed another white man yelling “Where’s your white blood?”
“He should not have retweeted and he should just take it down… It is indefensible,” GOP Sen. Tim Scott reacts to the video President Trump shared of a man driving a golf cart with Trump campaign posters, chanting "white power." #CNNSOTU https://t.co/76wZzokkUw pic.twitter.com/4zk2rFndcP
— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) June 28, 2020
Trump retweeted the video with a note, saying: “Thank you to the great people of The Villages. The Radical Left Do Nothing Democrats will Fall in the Fall. Corrupt Joe [Biden] is shot. See you soon!!!”
White House Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere issued a statement explaining Trump’s actions.
“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,” she said.
Racial tensions in America are at an all-time high and the public feels that the president has aggravated the problem.
The New York Times and Siena College recently published a survey revealing 61% of voters “disapproved of Trump’s handling of race.” Only 33 % said they approved.