President Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the BOK Center on June 20, 2020 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
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President Donald Trump promoted a video on Sunday morning that featured a man in a golf cart with Trump campaign equipment calling for "white power."
The video, which Trump said came from the Florida community, known as The Villages, showed a parade of golf carts, some with pro-Trump signs, that drove past anti-Trump protesters who insulted them. The man who heard "white power" shouted in response to demonstrators who shouted "racist".
The tweet was removed from his feed hours later.
"Thanks to the great people from The Villages," Trump had written. "The radical left does nothing Democrats will fall in the fall. The corrupt Joe will be shot. See you soon !!!"
In a statement to reporters, White House Deputy Press Officer Judd Deere said Trump was "a big fan of The Villages. He didn't hear the only statement on the video. What he saw was the tremendous enthusiasm of his many supporters."
Senator Tim Scott, R-S.C., Said of Trump's "State of the Union" about Trump's promotion: "No question, he shouldn't have retweeted it."
"He should just take it down," Scott said, adding that he thought the video was "unacceptable."
"We should dismantle it," he said. "That is what I think."
Elsewhere on State of the Union on Sunday, Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar said, "Obviously neither the President, his government, nor I would do anything to support white supremacy or the like."
"I haven't seen that, so I don't want to comment further," said Azar after CNN's Jake Tapper played the video on air. "But obviously the president and I and his entire government would be against white supremacy."
The president has a history of problematic retweets going back years, such as when he campaigned for an account with the "WhiteGenocideTM" handle during the 2016 campaign and in the past few months, and has been retweeting accounts that support or promote the QAnon conspiracy theory in recent months .
Trump has also been accused of being sympathetic to white Supremacists. In 2017, Trump famously said that there were "very good people" among a group of white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Trump has remained steadfast in his opposition to the renaming of military bases and the removal of statues in honor of members of the Confederacy, even if members of his own party have expressed their openness to it
Trump on Saturday that a vote for him is a vote to protect "our heritage, our history and LAW & ORDER!" will be.