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Trump tweets video of fan in The Villages yelling 'white power'

Jordan Fabian, Bloomberg News on

Published in News & Features

President Donald Trump shared a video of a verbal confrontation between anti-Trump protesters and his supporters, including a man who yelled "white power" at the demonstrators.

"Thank you to the great people of The Villages," the president tweeted Sunday in response to the video, referring to the Florida retirement community where the original post said the clash had taken place.

Trump's tweet could fuel accusations he is fomenting racial divisions amid nationwide protests triggered by the May death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis.

The White House didn't immediately respond to a request for comment about Trump's tweet. "The Villages" was trending on Twitter as people seized on the tweet.

The beginning of the video shows demonstrators yelling "racist" and "where's your white hood" at a man and woman riding in a golf cart adorned with Trump signs. "Yeah you got it," the man responds, pumping his fist. "White power."

Golf cart confrontation

 

Other clips show protesters yelling "f--- Trump" and "Nazi" at other Trump supporters driving by in golf carts, a common mode of transport at The Villages, a master-planned community for people over 55.

"The Radical Left Do Nothing Democrats will Fall in the Fall. Corrupt Joe is shot. See you soon!!!" Trump tweeted.

Tim Scott of South Carolina, the only Black Republican in the Senate, said on CNN's "State of the Union" that the video was offensive and should be taken down.

Also on CNN, John Bolton, the former national security adviser, that he doubted Trump was specifically endorsing the "white power" message, but had been taken in the sight of people displaying "Trump 2020" signs.

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