The only black Republican senator, Tim Scott, of South Carolina, denounced a video that was shared by President Trump on Twitter on Sunday morning, where a pro-Trump protester could be heard screaming “white power”.
Scott admitted that he saw the footage in its entirety, which he called “terrible” and “inappropriate”.
“The truth of the matter is when you hear things like that racist song towards white power, we should have the same response with the same kind of energy that we have for those people we know who have been disadvantaged for so long,” said Scott CBS. Face The Nation.
United States Senator Tim Scott, the only black Republican in the Senate, said Donald Trump’s retweet of a video containing a message of white power was offensive
‘We should get up and say it’s not fair. And I’m saying the exact same thing right now.
The video was posted on Twitter by another user on Saturday and shows two minutes of clashes between citizens of The Villages, a massive age-restricted community in Sumter, Florida, between pro-Trump protesters and against senior protesters who denounce the President.
The golf carts full of supporters paraded as the country continues in its second month of unrest as clashes ensue between civil rights protesters and law enforcement officers.
The White House said the president did not listen to the “white power” comment and instead focused on supporting the citizens of Florida’s senior community.
“He didn’t listen to the only statement made in the video,” White House spokesman Judd Deere told NBC News. “What he saw was a huge enthusiasm from his many supporters.”
Comments on “white power” were shouted in the video only eight seconds.
‘It’s not really about the fact that the president shot him down. It’s about the president’s judgment in presenting him, “said Sherrilyn Ifill, president of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund on Face the Nation. ‘It’s about what the president believes. And it’s time for this country to really face it.”
“Thanks to the great people of The Villages,” Trump released on Sunday alongside the video. ‘The radical left does nothing Democrats will fall in the fall. Corrupt Joe gets hit. See you soon!!!’
Trump has since removed the mail.
Towards the beginning of the video, an elder protesting for Trump yells “White Power” while his golf cart passenger sings “Trump”.
Here you go, white power. Did you hear it? ‘ a counter protester standing next to the procession responded with awe.
He canceled the tweet after protests on social media, including those of his own party.
Scott also spoke to CNN on Sunday morning before the video was removed.
“There is no doubt, he shouldn’t have retweeted it and he should simply eliminate it,” said the South Carolina senator.
Donald Trump released a video on Sunday morning – and later deleted the tweet – of senior citizen supporters who clash with senior citizen counter-demonstrators in the limited-age community of the Village in Florida
A Trump supporter in the golf cart parade screamed “white power” for about eight seconds in the video as he raised a punch against the street side seniors.
A particularly passionate Protestant counter (here in black), stood in front of some golf carts and called the supporters “Nazis” and “terrorists”
The president canceled the tweet as he headed to his golf resort in Sterling, Virginia to play golf on Sunday afternoon.
South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham joined the president on his golf trip
“Does it offend you, though?” State of the Union presenter Jake Tapper asked Scott. “I mean, it offends me – and I’m white.”
‘You can’t play it, because it was so full of vulgarity. The whole thing was offensive, especially the commentary on white power was offensive. ‘Said Scott. ‘We can do politics with it, or we can’t. I will not.’
“It is indefensible, we should eliminate it,” he continued.
Trump will travel to Jacksonville, Florida, in August for the Republican National Committee convention, where he will deliver a speech accepting his appointment as a Republican candidate.
The convention was transferred to Florida from North Carolina, after Democrats would not allow the RNC to give the president its desired crowd for the coronation.
Piers Morgan, once a greedy defender of the president, also accused Trump of the tweet.
“One of those” fantastic people “screams” WHITE POWER! “Are you supporting it, Mr. President? The British TV reporter tweeted.
South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, the only black republican in the Senate, asked Trump to remove the tweet
British TV journalist Piers Morgan also questioned whether Trump was “supporting” the video’s “white power” cry
The president has already been publicly reprimanded by Twitter twice recently, once for sharing “potentially misleading” information and once again for “offensive behavior”.
Twitter, for the first time ever, reported a duo of Trump’s tweets in late May, when he said that relying completely on mail-order votes during the election during the coronavirus would result in high odds of voter fraud.
After adding the blue exclamation marks to the two tweets, he lashed out against social media, arguing, in particular, that Twitter was disproportionately targeting him and right-leaning users.
His second strike on Twitter came this week when he threatened to use “force” against protesters trying to establish an autonomous zone outside the White House.
The war between Trump and Twitter comes as the president continues to use the special media platform to let off steam and communicate directly with his supporters and the opposition.
Trump boasted in another Sunday morning tweet that no more statues or monuments were defaced this weekend because he signed an executive order that would have given a 10-year prison sentence for those vandals.
‘Since imposing a 10-year sentence of very powerful detention on those who vandalize monuments, statues etc., with many people arrested all over our country, vandalism has completely stopped. Thank you!’ he praised.
Protesters defaced or caused the destruction of dozens of statues in the United States as part of the riots that broke out following George Floyd’s death in late May at the hands of a white police officer.
Trump boasted that his executive order imposing 10-year convictions for vandalizing monuments stopped the crimes “completely”
The viral incident, filmed by a spectator, caused nationwide unrest and massive protests and civil rights riots.
Clashes between seniors in Florida are likely a reaction to these protests.
A counter-protester on the side of the road yelled at the golf carts who wore Trump gear and waved “Make America Big Again” flags that were “Nazis” and “terrorists”.
Many of the supporters’ demonstrations seemed unperturbed, saluting as if they were on parade at those signs with in hand and screaming at them on the side of the road.
Demonstrators, civil rights groups and activists, who ask for the reimbursement of the police departments, also ask for the removal of all the Confederate statues – and also those that only owned slaves.
On Monday, protesters outside the White House attempted to topple Andrew Jackson’s statue with ropes and chains as they destroyed parts of the base and scratched ‘Killer’ on it.
The effort to knock down the statue on their own failed and they were forcibly removed from the vicinity of the White House by the Park Police while attempting to create the “Black House Autonomous Zone” there.
Some Democrats, including President of the Chamber Nancy Pelosi, have tried to distinguish between statues of historical figures who fought for the Confederacy and those important individuals who may have owned slaves, such as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.