Trump condemned for thanking supporters filmed shouting white supremacist slogans, calling them 'great people'

Sirena Bergman@SirenaBergman
Sunday 28 June 2020 16:00
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Donald Trump has appeared to endorse and even thank supporters chanting white supremacist slogans.

Earlier today, the president retweeted a video which appears to show two distinct groups of senior citizens of The Villages, a retirement community in Sumter County, Florida.

One group was opposing Trump, while the other was made up of his supporters.

The first exchange in the video shows a man holding a "Make America Sane Again" sign – presumably in opposition to Trump – shout "Where's your white hood?" to people driving a golf cart with "Trump 2020" and "America First" signs on the front window.

In response, the Trump supporter shouts back: "white power!"

The rest of the video shows a heated exchange between the two factions.

Trump retweeted the video, adding: "Thank you to the great people of The Villages. The Radical Left Do Nothing Democrats will Fall in the Fall. Corrupt Joe [Biden] is shot. See you soon!!!"

His tweet has since been deleted, but screenshots are circulating across social media.

In case it wasn't obvious, "white power" is a known white supremacist slogan, and is even listed as such by the Anti-Defamation League.

In a statement, the White House claimed he did not hear the comment, which is made just a few seconds into the video.

Despite deleting the tweet, the president has not apologised nor addressed the racist language he amplified.

South Carolina Congressman Tim Scott, who is the only Black Republican Senator, was asked about the incident on CNN.

He initially said the president should not have tweeted it, and when pushed, agreed it was "offensive" and "indefensible", but said he would not "play politics".

Scott has been labelled "pathetic" for hesitating to condemn the tweet.

Trump has yet to address the issue, but is still merrily tweeting away about how he's going to win the election because: "Sleepy Joe is definitely a Low IQ person!"

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