On Sunday morning, Donald Trump promoted a video on his Twitter account. In the video, a man in a golf cart is shown. The man is wearing Trump campaign gear and can be clearly heard shouting “white power.”
Trump said that the video was from The Villages a retirement community in Florida. The community had a parade of golf carts some with Trump signs driving past anti-Trump protesters. A protester shouted racist and the man in the golf cart responded by shouting “white power.”
“Thank you to the great people of The Villages,” Trump tweeted. “The Radical Left Do Nothing Democrats will Fall in the Fall. Corrupt Joe is shot. See you soon!!!”
After many social media users pointed out that the man is shouting “white power” and media outlets picked up the story, Trump removed the post.
Later in the day, White House press secretary Judd Deere told reporters that Trump “is a big fan of The Villages” but “did not hear the one statement made on the video. What he did see was tremendous enthusiasm from his many supporters,” Deere added.
Sen. Tim Scott told CNN that “there’s no question he should not have retweeted it. He should just take it down.” He then added that he believes that the video is “indefensible.”
“We should take it down,” he said. “That’s what I think.”
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said “obviously neither the president, his administration nor I would do anything to be supportive of white supremacy or anything or the like.”
“I’ve not seen that, and so I don’t want to comment further on that,” Azar said, “but obviously the president and I and his whole administration would stand against any acts of white supremacy.”
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund President Sherrilyn Ifill said, “This is really not about the president taking it down. This is about the judgment of the president in putting it up,” she then added. “It is about what the president believes. And it is time for this country to really face that.”
Trump has been repeatedly accused of being sympathetic to white supremacists.
Trump has refused to rename military bases and remove statues that honor members of the Confederacy. Instead, he created an executive order penalizing anyone who tears down a statue and is caught with up to 10 years in prison.
Trump tweeted on Saturday that a vote for him would protect “our Heritage, History and LAW & ORDER!”