Trump retweets video of supporter shouting ‘white power’

Trump retweets video of supporter shouting 'white power'
Donald Trump has previously shared racist tweets.Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: President Donald Trump has retweeted a video showing one of his supporters loudly shouting “white power”. The man was among a group of senior citizens who were taking part in a pro-Trump rally at a retirement complex in Florida.

The footage showed opponents and supporters of the president hurling abuse and swearing at one another. President Trump has repeatedly been accused of inflaming racial tensions – but he always denies the accusations.

The tweet was later deleted. But the president thanked “the great people of The Villages”, while retweeting – referring to the retirement community north-west of Orlando where the rally took place.

He wrote: “The Radical Left Do Nothing Democrats will Fall in the Fall. Corrupt Joe is shot. See you soon!!!”.

The video showed a Trump supporter in a golf cart raising a clenched fist and shouting “white power”.

He appeared to be responding to a protester calling him a racist and using profanities. Other anti-Trump protesters shouted “Nazi” and other accusations at the rally-goers.

The only black Republican in the US Senate, Tim Scott, said on Sunday that the video was “offensive” and called on the president to remove his tweet.

Mr Scott said: “There’s no question that he should not have retweeted it and he should just take it down.”

The man was heard shouting ‘white power’.

The US Secretary of Health and Human Services, Alex Azar said he have not seen the video, while he was speaking with CNN, adding ”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.”

It was not clear if Mr Trump was aware that the supporter in the video was shouting a white supremacist slogan.

This is not the first time the president shared something on twitter which is racist. He retweeted three inflammatory videos from a British far-right group in 2017, prompting a rebuke from then UK Prime Minister Theresa May.

He was widely criticised in 2019 when he said in a tweet that four US congresswomen – Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Ilhan Omar – should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came”.

Three of the four congresswomen were born in the US and all four are US citizens.

When protests against police brutality and racism against black Americans sparked after the death of George Floyd, Trump warned on Twitter that “when the looting starts, the shooting starts”. The phrase used by Miami’s confrontational police chief Walter Headley at the height of the civil rights movement in 1967.

Twitter restricted the president’s tweet on the basis that it broke the platform’s rules on glorifying violence.

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