US President Donald Trump retweeted a video showing one of his supporters in Florida shouting “white power” at the protesters of his administration. It drew rebukes from allies and adversaries as protests continue a month after George Floyd’s death.
The retweeted video which was later deleted from the president’s feed triggered an immediate backlash. The tweet was widely criticized for being racist and insensitive, and again demonstrated the president’s willingness to use social media for sharing some of the most hateful commentary of some of his followers, even at the time of national unrest.
Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina, the only Black Republican senator, called the video “offensive” and asked Trump to take it off his Twitter page.
However, White House spokesman Judd Deere said in a statement that Trump is a big fan of the villages and the president did not hear the offensive chant.