U.S. President Donald Trump retweeted a video Sunday local time, but deleted it about three hours later because it was sharply criticized for racial indesinuation,media reported. In the video, a supporter shouts “white power.” The edited video is understood to have been filmed in a retirement community in Florida called The Villages.
The video shows protesters shouting insults at people wearing Trump shirts and driving golf carts emblazoned with the Trump logo.
At the beginning of the two-minute video, a man shouts to Trump supporters, “Where’s your white hat?” In response, a white man shouted “white power” — a white supremacist slogan, according to the Anti-Defamation League.
Trump retweeted the video around 8 a.m. (Eastern time) on Sunday, but deleted it around 11 a.m. Given that Trump rarely deletes tweets, the incident is a bit of a surprise. In response, the White House said the president did not hear the slogan “white power” before retweeting it.
But mr. Trump’s retweeting has been widely criticized.
South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, the only black Republican senator in the area, said on CNN on Sunday: “There’s no question that he (Trump) shouldn’t retweet this tweet, he should delete it.” “
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden then talked about his views — “Today the president shared a video in which people chanted ‘white power’ and said they were great.” Just like he did after Charlottesville. We are fighting for the soul of this country — the president has chosen one side. But there is no doubt that this is a battle we will win. “
According to statistics, the video has been viewed 6.7 million times. In response, a Twitter spokesman said the video did not violate its platform’s hate speech rules and would not be removed.