WH Says Trump Retweeted ‘White Power’ Video To Stand With ‘Demonized’ Supporters
According to Talking Points Memo, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Monday “defended President Trump’s now-deleted retweet of a video showing a supporter in Florida chanting ‘white power.’”
- On Sunday morning, Trump went on a “tweet-storm that included retweeting a video showing his supporters at a retirement community in Florida on golf carts shouting back at anti-Trump critics,” reported TPM. “A Trump supporter is seen agreeing that he’s a racist and screaming ‘white power’ at the start of the video.”
- Trump deleted the retweet later Sunday morning, and White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere “issued a cleanup statement shortly thereafter,” in which Deere said that Trump is “a big fan of The Villages” and “did not hear the one statement made on the video” but “what he did see was tremendous enthusiasm from his many supporters.”
- During an interview on “Fox and Friends” on Monday, McEnany insisted that Trump did not hear the phrase “white power” in the video.
“He made very clear to me that he stands with the people of (Florida retirement community) The Villages, our great seniors, men and women in The Villages, who support this President,” McEnany stated. “He stands for them and his point in tweeting out that video was to stand with his supporters who are oftentimes demonized...So we didn’t hear that portion, he took it down…”