President Donald Trump shared Sunday, before deleting it, the video of a confrontation between several of his supporters and his opponents, in which we saw a man screaming “white power”, rallying cry of white supremacists.
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A Twitter user published this video, apparently filmed in a private retirement home in Florida, of virulent verbal clashes between pros and anti-Trump.
We see there from the first seconds a man driving a golf cart adorned with signs “Trump 2020” and “America First” to be apostrophed by demonstrators who call him “racist”.
“White Power,” he replied twice, fist raised. “White Power, there you go, white power. Did you hear that? Replied one of the demonstrators.
Donald Trump relayed the video by accompanying it with the message “Thank you to the super inhabitants of the Villages”, this community for people over 55 who welcomes 115,000 inhabitants in North Florida.
A few hours later, as the controversy began to mount in the American media, Donald Trump deleted his retweet.
“President Trump is a great admirer of the Villages. He did not hear the message in this video. What he saw was incredible enthusiasm from his supporters, “said White House spokesman Judd Deere.
An “indefensible” action, according to the president of the democratic party Tom Perez. “The president is trying to play the ignorance card, but the consistency of his actions – from Charlottesville to Lafayette Square – covers the emptiness of his words,” he denounced.
The only black Republican senator, Tim Scott, called the video “insulting” in the morning and asked the president to delete it.
Trump is accused by his Democratic opponents of proximity to the white supremacists, who largely supported him in 2016.
After violent clashes between anti-racist and neo-Nazi demonstrators in Charlottesville, a small town in Virginia, in August 2017, Mr. Trump had created controversy, even in his own camp, when he said he saw good people “on both sides” .
For the past month, while the United States has been engaged in a rereading of its racist past, it has strongly criticized the demonstrators who have tried to unbolt statues of Confederate or slavery figures, in particular in the Lafayette square, near the Maison- White.