President Donald Trump shared a video allegedly from the Villages, a retirement home in Florida, in which a white man driving a golf cart with Trump campaign posters is heard chanting “white power”.
President Trump retweeted the video and thanked the people in the video supporting his campaign and arguing with anti-Trump protesters. He called his campaign supporters in the video “great people”. Also Read– Donald Trump’s bizarre way of thinking
“Thank you to the great people of The Villages. The Radical Left Do Nothing Democrats will Fall in the Fall. Corrupt Joe is shot. See you soon!!” he wrote. Approximately 3 hours later, the tweet was removed from Trump’s timeline.
President Trump claims ignorance
“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,” White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere said in an announcement.
South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, the only African American senator in the Republican conference said before the tweet was deleted, that the video retweeted by Trump was offensive and “indefensible”.
“There’s no question. He should not have retweeted and he should just take it down,” Scott said on a call with Jake Tapper.
The US secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar said he hadn’t seen the video or the President’s tweet, “but obviously neither the President, his administration nor I would do anything to be supportive of white supremacy or anything that would support discrimination of any kind.”
John Bolton the Former national security adviser said President Trump may have retweeted the video only because he saw the “Trump 2020” sign.
“It may be that you can draw a conclusion that he heard it, and it was racist, and he tweeted it to promote the message. It is a legitimate conclusion to draw. It is also entirely legitimate to say he just had no idea what else was in the video other than the Trump sign,” Bolton said.