United States President Donald Trump has retweeted a video showing one of his supporters screaming loudly “white power”.
The supporter was part of a group of people taking part in a pro-Trump rally in a retirement complex in Florida.
The video showed supporters and opponents of the president launching mutual violence and swearing.
Trump denied the allegations that he wanted to exploit racial tensions. His spokesman says he hasn’t heard the “white power” comment.
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In the tweet, which was later deleted, the president thanked “the great people of the Villages” – referring to the retired community in northwest Orlando where the rally took place. “The radical left does nothing Democrats will fall in the fall. Corrupt Joe is killed. See you soon !!!”, he wrote.
The video included in the tweet showed a Trump supporter in a golf cart raising a clenched fist and shouting “white power”. He seemed to respond to a protester who called him racist and used vulgarity. Other anti-Trump demonstrators shouted “Nazi” and other accusations against participants in the demonstration.
Tim Scott, the only black Republican in the United States Senate, said in an interview with CNN on Sunday that the video was “offensive” and invited the president to remove his tweet.
“There is no doubt that he should not have retweeted it and should simply dismantle it,” Scott told the network.
White House spokesman Judd Deere said that the president “did not listen to the only statement made in the video”, but saw “great enthusiasm from his many supporters”.
United States Secretary of Health and Human Services, Alex Azar, told CNN that “neither the president, his administration nor I would do anything to support white supremacy.”
President Trump has already faced allegations of sharing or promoting racist content. In 2017 he retweeted three inflammatory videos from a British far-right group, causing a reprimand by the then British Prime Minister Theresa May.
He was widely criticized in 2019 when he said in a tweet that four women from the United States Congress – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley and Ilhan Omar – should “go back and help repair the totally broken and haunted places. crime they come from. ” Three of the four congress women were born in the United States and all four are US citizens.
In response to protests over the past few weeks over George Floyd’s death, Trump warned on Twitter that “when looting begins, filming begins” – a phrase used by the chief of police to confront Walter Headley of Miami at the height of the rights movement civilians in 1967.
The line prompted Twitter to limit the president’s tweet based on the fact that he broke the platform’s rules for glorifying violence.
And Trump has faced racism allegations in recent weeks for repeatedly using the phrase “kung flu” to describe the coronavirus. The White House has denied the president’s use of the term is racist.
“What the president does is indicate that the origin of the virus is China,” said White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany.
Meanwhile, a poll for CBS News suggests that the majority of the American public agrees with the Black Lives Matter movement and believes that the protests will lead to police reforms.
Six out of 10 Americans disapprove of the way President Trump handled recent protests, according to the poll, while more than half say they have failed to demonstrate enough understanding of the protesters’ concerns.