Ques­tion­able tweet: Pres­i­dent shares video of clash at demon­stra­tion that shows sup­porter yelling “white power.”

San Francisco Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - By Zeke Miller Zeke Miller is an As­so­ci­ated Press writer.

WASHINGTON — Pres­i­dent Trump tweeted ap­prov­ingly Sunday of a video show­ing a sup­porter shout­ing “white power,” a racist slo­gan as­so­ci­ated with white su­prem­a­cists. He later deleted the tweet and the White House said the pres­i­dent had not heard “the one state­ment” on the video.

The video ap­peared to have been taken at the Vil­lages, a Florida re­tire­ment com­mu­nity, and showed du­el­ing demon­stra­tions be­tween Trump sup­port­ers and op­po­nents.

“Thank you to the great peo­ple of The Vil­lages,” Trump tweeted. Mo­ments into the video clip he shared, a man driv­ing a golf cart dis­play­ing pro­Trump signs and flags shouts “white power.” The video also shows anti­trump pro­test­ers shout­ing “Nazi,” “racist,” and pro­fan­i­ties at the Trump back­ers.

“There’s no ques­tion” that Trump should not have retweeted the video and “he should just take it down,” Sen. Tim Scott, R­S.C., told CNN’S “State of the Union.” Scott is the only Black Repub­li­can in the Se­nate. “I think it’s in­de­fen­si­ble,” he added.

Shortly later, Trump deleted the tweet that shared the video. White House spokesman Judd Deere said in a state­ment that “Pres­i­dent Trump is a big fan of the Vil­lages. He did not hear the one state­ment made on the video. What he did see was tremen­dous en­thu­si­asm from his many sup­port­ers.”

The White House did not re­spond when asked whether Trump con­demned the sup­porter’s com­ment.

The pres­i­dent’s de­ci­sion to high­light a video fea­tur­ing a racist slo­gan comes amid a na­tional reckoning over race after the deaths of Ge­orge Floyd and other Black Amer­i­cans. Floyd died after a white po­lice of­fi­cer in Min­neapo­lis pressed his knee into his neck for sev­eral min­utes.

Trump’s ten­ure in of­fice has ap­peared to have em­bold­ened white su­prem­a­cist and na­tion­al­ist groups, some of whom have em­braced his pres­i­dency. In 2017, Trump re­sponded to clashes in Char­lottesvill­e, Va., be­tween white na­tion­al­ists and coun­ter­protesters by say­ing there were “very fine peo­ple on both sides.”

Sher­ri­lyn Ifill, pres­i­dent and di­rec­tor­coun­sel of the NAACP Le­gal De­fense and Ed­u­ca­tion Fund told CBS’ “Face the Na­tion”: “This re­ally is not about the pres­i­dent tak­ing it down. This is about the judg­ment of the pres­i­dent in putting it up.”

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