President Donald Trump retweeted a video Sunday showing an apparent male supporter chanting “white power.”
The Twitter video, boasting more than 3.2 million views, was uploaded by an unknown user on Saturday. The short clip takes place at The Villages, a retirement community in Florida, and features a parade of pro-Trump supporters on electric carts arguing with anti-Trump protesters.
At one point, a white man holding a sign reading,”Make America Sane Again,” yells: “Where’s your white hood?” A man driving a golf cart decorated in “Trump 2020” campaign posters then shouts back, “white power.”
The president initially quote-tweeted the now-viral video, thanking the “great people” shown.
“Thank you to the great people of The Villages,” he wrote, according to a Heavy screen shot. “The Radical Left Do Nothing Democrats will Fall in the Fall. Corrupt Joe [Biden] is shot. See you soon!!!”
He has since deleted the tweet.
The video also shows protesters yelling “Nazi” at the Trump supporters driving by.
The social media misstep comes on the heels of nationwide protests over the May killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died while in white police custody.
Although Trump has “stoked racial tensions in the US throughout his presidency,” according to CNN, he has “recently used race-baiting rhetoric as he seeks to fire up his base to win a second term in office.” The outlet cited Trump’s referral of the coronavirus as “Kung flu” at an Oklahoma rally.
The White House has yet to comment on the president’s retweet.
A Majority of Americans Think Trump has Furthered Racial Tensions Since Floyd’s Death
A new NPR Marist poll claims two-thirds of Americans think Trump has heightened racial tensions since the killing of Floyd. More than 60% of Americans view the growing Black Lives Matter protests as “mostly legitimate,” rather than “unlawful” acts, the poll continues.
According to a recent New York Times and Sienna College poll, 61% of voters did not approve of the president’s handling of race, while 33% said they did.
US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar told CNN’s Jake Tapper Sunday that the administration does not support white supremacy, despite the video.
“I’ve not seen that video or that tweet, but obviously neither the President, his administration nor I would do anything to be supportive of white supremacy or anything that would support discrimination of any kind,” Azar said during Tapper’s “State of the Union.”
Protesters Weren’t Wearing Masks in the Video, Despite Florida’s Spike in COVID-19 Cases
The crowd at the Village, which is known for its “elderly and retired population,” did not appear to be following social distancing guidelines or sporting any masks, CBS 12 reported.
Florida saw another record-breaking day for new coronavirus cases on Saturday, bringing the state total to over 132,000, according to the Florida Department of Health.