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Outrage as Trump retweets video of supporter shouting 'white power' Black Republican senator Tim Scott described the retweet - which comes after weeks of protests in the US - as offensive By David Millward, US Correspondent 28 June 2020 • 8:24pm Donald Trump causes outrage after retweeting supporter shouting "white power" Credit: Alex Brandon/AP  Donald Trump triggered outrage in the US on Sunday after he retweeted a clip of a supporter yelling "white power."  The tweet, which the president later deleted, showed a video clip taken at a rally held at The Villages, a senior complex north-west of Orlando, Florida.  Riding a golf cart one attendee raised a fist and shouted "white power", apparently in response to an anti-Trump protester.  White House spokesman Judd Deere later said Mr Trump had not heard the offending portion of the video.  "President Trump is a big fan of The Villages," said Mr Deere.  "He did not hear the one statement made on the video. What he did see was tremendous enthusiasm from his many supporters."  But the damage appeared to have been done, coming after weeks of angry protests over police violence against African Americans. TRUMPS "WHITE POWER" Tweet this morning Every news organization is talking about. He just deleted it. LET ME REPEAT... the PRESIDENT OF THE USA JUST TWEETED this Racist video & said "Thank you to the great people of The Villages" of this guy yelling “WHITE POWER!". Disgusting! pic.twitter.com/Cgu0XiIIgL— DanielNewmaη 404-737-1636 (DanielNewman) June 28, 2020  Tim Scott, the Republicans' sole black Senator, described the tweet as offensive.  "There's no question that he should not have retweeted it and he should just take it down," he said on CNN's State of the Union.  John Bolton, Mr Trump's former security adviser, told CNN he believed that the retweet was an act of carelessness by the president.  "I would just make this observation, he doesn't pay attention to a lot of things. It's entirely possible he tweeted this video because he saw the sign," Mr Bolton said.   "And that's all he needed to see."  This was the latest in a series of tweets by Mr Trump which critics have condemned as inflammatory.  Late last month, as angry protests following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis swept the country, Mr Trump tweeted "when the looting starts, the shooting starts."  It was a phrase associated with Walter Headley, Miami's police chief in 1967, when his force's tactics towards minorities were blamed for sparking race riots the following year. Related Topics Donald Trump, USA, Black Lives Matter Twitter Icon Facebook Icon WhatsApp Icon Email Icon Comment speech bubble Advertisement More stories Related Topics Donald Trump, USA, Black Lives Matter Twitter Icon Facebook Icon WhatsApp Icon Email Icon Comment speech bubble

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