Moments in the video clip he shared, a man driving a golf cart displaying pro-Trump signs and flags shouts “White power.” The video also shows anti-Trump protesters shouting “Nazis,” “racists,” and desecration of Trump supporters.
Trump’s tweet was immediately condemned by Tim Scott, the only black Republican in the Senate.
“There is no question” that Trump should not have retweeted the video and “he should just take it down,” Scott told CNN. State of the Union before the tweet disappears from the president’s thread.
“I think it is untenable,” he added.
White House spokesperson Judd Deere said in a statement that Trump was a big fan of The Villages.
“He did not hear the only statement made on the video,” said the statement. “What he saw was enormous enthusiasm from his many supporters.”
The White House did not respond when asked if Trump had condemned the fan’s racist comment.
Joe Biden, the presumed Democratic presidential candidate, condemned Trump.
“We are in a battle for the soul of the nation – and the president has chosen a side,” he tweeted. “But make no mistake: this is a battle we will win.”
Trump’s decision to highlight a video with a racist slogan comes in the midst of a national race report after the deaths of George Floyd and other black Americans. Floyd of Minneapolis died after a white policeman stuck his knee in the neck.
Protests against police brutality and prejudice in law enforcement took place across the country after Floyd’s death and there was also pressure to remove the Confederate monuments, an effort Trump has opposed.
Trump’s tenure seems to have emboldened white supremacist and nationalist groups, some of which have embraced his presidency.
In 2017, Trump responded to clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia, between white nationalists and counter-protesters by saying that there were “very good people on both sides”.
In two recent political events, Trump called the deadly novel a coronavirus “kung flu,” an insult to Asians that sparked cheers and loud laughter from supporters.
Trump’s tweet lasted at least 90 minutes, during which time Trump left the White House for a golf date at his national suburban club Trump. It was removed before 11:30 am local time.
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