Washington: US President Donald Trump promoted a video that includes a Trump supporter shouting “white power” at counterprotesters, calling his supporters at the Florida retirement community where the demonstration occurred “great people.”
The tweet of the video has since been removed, and a White House spokesman said Trump had not heard the racist language when he sent the morning tweet. It is the latest example of the president and allies using language that smacks of racism or references white supremacist views or symbols.
The supporter was among a group of people taking part in a pro-Trump rally at a retirement complex in Florida.
The footage showed supporters and opponents of the president hurling abuse and swearing at one another.
Trump has denied accusations that he is seeking to capitalise on racial tensions. His spokesman says he did not hear the “white power” comment.
The video included in the tweet showed a Trump supporter in a golf cart raising a clenched fist and shouting “white power”. He appeared to be responding to a protester calling him a racist and using profanities. Other anti-Trump protesters shouted “Nazi” and other accusations at the rally-goers.
Trump’s retweet was deleted later, though the original tweet still currently exists.
Trump’s endorsement of these supporters — and the subsequent “white power” remark — comes amid more than a month of nationwide protests against institutional racism and police brutality following the May 25 killing of George Floyd.
After Trump deleted the retweet, White House Spokesperson Judd Deere denied in a statement that the President heard the “white power” comment.