Maybe Donald Trump has a death wish, because with all the other heat he is taking right now, to create more controversy is just plain nuts. Trump retweeted the video below of seniors from a complex in Florida called “The Villages” protesting against each other. At the beginning of the video is a man driving a golf cart bedecked with Trump signs, pumping his fist and shouting “White Power!” This set off one hell of a firestorm. Here’s what Politico playbook posted at 8:10 a.m. Pacific.
HAPPY SUNDAY. THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES tweeted “thank you to the great people of The Villages” — in response to a tweet of a guy yelling “White power.” The tweet, which includes the video
SUNDAY BEST: HHS SECRETARY ALEX AZAR told CNN’s JAKE TAPPER that neither he, nor President DONALD TRUMP nor the administration “would do anything to do supportive of white supremacy or anything that would support discrimination of any kind.”
SEN. TIM SCOTT (R-S.C.) told TAPPER the president “should not have reteweeted it, and he should just take it down. … It is indefensible.”
Apparently Trump decided to listen to Tim Scott, since he and Scott are purportedly figuring out police reform together and Scott has some credibility. So around nine o’clock Pacific he deleted the tweet and video. But that’s an exercise in futility because everything the moron tweets is screenshot.
The guy is this video screams “white power”
Trump’s response is “thank you”
If it wasn’t already clear, Trump is now openly campaigning as a white supremicist candidate pic.twitter.com/jkdfMomjFS
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) June 28, 2020
Seniors from The Villages in Florida protesting against each other: pic.twitter.com/Q3GRJCTjEW
— Fifty Shades of Whey (@davenewworld_2) June 27, 2020
DO NOT LET THIS RT BY TRUMP FLY UNDER THE RADAR. AT THE VERY BEGINNING A GUY SCREAMS "WHITE POWER." THE CURRENT OCCUPANT OF OUR WHITE HOUSE IS OPENLY ALIGNING WITH WHITE SUPREMACY. THE NAZI SYMBOLS LAST WEEK WERE NOT A MISTAKE AND NEITHER IS THIS!!! https://t.co/QFCssrIUAN
— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) June 28, 2020
The president: trying to get people who pulled down racist statues killed, calling the white power guy “great.” pic.twitter.com/FAKq45U0ST
— Alex Kotch (@alexkotch) June 28, 2020
— Michael McFaul (@McFaul) June 28, 2020
"white power"??? You're finally taking off the hood and just admitting that your campaign is about white supremacy? What a disgrace. Resign before you finish destroying this country. If you and your racist supporters don't like it here, you can leave.
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) June 28, 2020
Trump just thanked people with Trump signs yelling "White Power!" If there was ever doubt about his racist agenda, he's making it clear. https://t.co/uPUgruSY55
— Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) June 28, 2020
Donnie's not so good at math.
He doesn't understand that no matter how much he riles up 30% of the population, his base will never win him a second term.
Putin, on the other hand, is another matter.
Drumpf must be removed. Today would be good.#TrumpIsUnfitForOffice
— Luce🍬Kandies (@LBis_here) June 28, 2020
Meanwhile, to add comic relief, Mike Pence was on Face the Nation. He was asked why he can’t say “Black Lives Matter.” Well, it’s obvious. The base wouldn’t like it.
“I cherish the progress that we have made for African-Americans throughout our history. And I’ve aspired throughout my career to be a part of that ongoing work. It’s really a heart issue for me. And as a pro-life Americans, I also believe that all lives matter, born and the unborn.”
It’ll break his jaw, I guess, to say “Black Lives Matter.”
In all events, the lines are drawn and the culture war just got even hotter.