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Politics Trump ‘white power’ tweet set off a scramble inside the White House — but no clear condemnation

03:26  30 june  2020
03:26  30 june  2020 Source:   washingtonpost.com

McEnany: Trump shared video of man shouting 'white power' to stand with 'demonized' supporters

  McEnany: Trump shared video of man shouting 'white power' to stand with 'demonized' supporters White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Monday defended President Trump's retweet."The president did not hear that phrase in that portion of the video, and when it was signaled to him that this was in there he took that tweet down," McEnany told "Fox & Friends.

President Donald Trump shared a video on Sunday, showing supporters chanting " white power " on Twitter Inc.'s (NYSE: TWTR) social media platform. White House Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere said in a statement that the president hadn't heard the "one statement made on the video."

WASHINGTON — Inside the White House , the mood was bristling with tension. The scene on Friday night, described by a person with firsthand knowledge, kicked off an uneasy weekend at the White House as demonstrations spread after the brutal death of a black man in police custody under

President Trump’s tweet landed at 7:39 a.m. Sunday morning, and senior White House advisers say they immediately realized they had a problem.

a man wearing a suit and tie: President Trump shared a video on Twitter that included a Trump supporter shouting “white power.” © Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post President Trump shared a video on Twitter that included a Trump supporter shouting “white power.”

The president had shared a video on Twitter that included a Trump supporter shouting “white power” at counterprotesters during a demonstration at the Villages, a retirement community in central Florida, and had called his supporters there “great people.”

Senior staffers quickly conferred over the phone and then began trying to reach the president to convey their concerns about the tweet. White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, son-in-law Jared Kushner and other senior advisers spoke with president, said several people familiar with the discussions, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to share details of private conversations.

Trump's 'white power' retweet set off 'five-alarm fire' in White House

  Trump's 'white power' retweet set off 'five-alarm fire' in White House Aides couldn't immediately reach the president to get him to take down the offending tweet because he was on the course at his golf club and had put down his phone, officials said.The video remained on the president's Twitter page, where he has 82 million followers, for more than three hours because White House officials couldn't reach him to ask him to delete it, the two officials said. The president was at his golf club in Virginia and had put his phone down, the officials said.

Trump deletes tweet of supporter shouting ‘ white power ’ after outrage. White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere has issued a statement on Trump ’s retweet, saying the US Pence, who heads the White House coronavirus task force, called off campaign events for this coming week as the

White House constructs talking points with top Republicans. The more accurate headline would be " White House tells spineless sacks of shit who value party power more than the lives of American soldiers how to defend their idiot leader".

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Roughly three hours later, the president gave the go-ahead to delete his incendiary tweet — moved, in large part, by the public calls from Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, the Senate’s only black Republican, to do just that, aides said. 

White House spokespeople said Trump didn’t hear his supporter twice shout “white power.” But neither the president nor his team publicly condemned the racist phrase, setting off another controversial news cycle for a president already struggling to unite the country amid accusations that he traffics in racist and racially inflammatory language.

Amanda Carpenter, a former aide to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and a Trump critic who wrote a book titled “Gaslighting America: Why We Love It When Trump Lies To Us,” said the president’s unwillingness to disavow the “white power” comment was damning and more important than the belated deletion of the tweet that initially amplified the video.

Donald Trump retweets then deletes a video of a support shouting "white power"

 Donald Trump retweets then deletes a video of a support shouting The American president relayed the video by accompanying it with the message "Thank you to the super inhabitants of the Villages", before deleting it. © afp.com/Nicholas Kamm US President Donald Trump during a campaign meeting in Tulsa, June 20, 2020 President Donald Trump shared this Sunday, before deleting it, the video of a clash between several of his supporters and his opponents, where we saw a man yelling " white power ", rallying cry of white supremacists .

Trump deletes tweet of supporter shouting ‘ white power ’ after outrage. White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere has issued a statement on Trump ’s retweet, saying the US Pence, who heads the White House coronavirus task force, called off campaign events for this coming week as the

Trump deletes tweet of supporter shouting ‘ white power ’ after outrage. White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere has issued a statement on Trump ’s retweet, saying the US Pence, who heads the White House coronavirus task force, called off campaign events for this coming week as the

a car parked on a city street: Golf carts line up in Lake Sumter Landing Market Square in The Villages, Fla., a retirement community where 97 percent of the population is white and less than 1 percent is black. © Eve Edelheit/For The Washington Post Golf carts line up in Lake Sumter Landing Market Square in The Villages, Fla., a retirement community where 97 percent of the population is white and less than 1 percent is black.

“What President Trump and every member of his campaign and the White House need to do is come out and say, ‘We do not want votes from people who shout “white power” or hold up white supremacist ideology, in any way, shape or form,’ ’’ Carpenter said. “Until they do that, they’re stoking this.”

As protests over police brutality and racial injustice have erupted across the country in recent weeks, Trump has dialed up his inflammatory rhetoric, repeatedly turning to racist tropes.

Trump has also defended statues of Confederate generals as “beautiful” and pledged to block bipartisan efforts to rename military bases named after military leaders who fought in defense of slavery during the Civil War. Despite multiple opportunities to condemn the Confederacy or make broader appeals to racial unity, the president has declined, often taking the opposite approach.

Trump says he signed executive order to protect monuments

  Trump says he signed executive order to protect monuments President Donald Trump said on Twitter Friday that he has signed an executive order on protecting monuments, an action the President had been teasing for the past week. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); "I just had the privilege of signing a very strong Executive Order protecting American Monuments, Memorials, and Statues - and combatting recent Criminal Violence," the President wrote Friday.

Trump deletes tweet featuring video of a supporter yelling ‘ white power ’ more than three hours after it was posted. Mississippi lawmakers clear path to remove Confederate emblem from state flag. Cuomo said the White House ’s attitude meant states had created their own responses to the virus.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders insisted Thursday that President Donald Trump 's Thursday morning tweets about legislation to reauthorize FISA But Trump 's first tweet , which sent lawmakers scrambling Thursday morning, made clear the President was specifically referring to the

He has decried some protesters as “THUGS” and “terrorists” and threatened to unleash massive force against them, including with “vicious dogs,” recalling the brutality employed against black civil rights activists in the 1960s.

Trump has tweeted several videos of black men attacking white people in recent weeks as he has attempted to discredit the broader Black Lives Matter movement.

The president’s recent inflammatory remarks build upon a long history that includes promoting the racist conspiracy theory that former president Barack Obama was not born in the United States, deriding Mexican immigrants as criminals and pushing for a ban on Muslim immigration into the United States.

The steady stream of racist and offensive language from Trump has convinced many Americans that the president is a racist, according to recent polling.

And Trump has injected his derisive rhetoric into his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, twice referring to the respiratory disease that originated in China as the “kung flu.”

Lily Adams, a senior adviser to a super PAC supporting former vice president Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, said “the fact that Donald Trump and the White House won’t even clear the bar of condemning white supremacy just shows how devoid of any morals things really have become.”

Trump Retweets Video of White St. Louis Couple Waving Guns at Protesters

  Trump Retweets Video of White St. Louis Couple Waving Guns at Protesters President Donald Trump retweeted a video of a white couple waving firearms at protesters outside their home Sunday evening, just hours after he retweeted - and later deleted - a post highlighting a "white power" supporter.Trump offered no context Monday morning as he retweeted ABC News video of a married couple, Mark and Patricia McCloskey, seen touting an assault rifle and a handgun as demonstrators marched toward the St. Louis mayor Lyda Krewson's home. The protesters demanded Krewson's resignation Friday after she read the names and partial addresses of people who were calling for police reform during a Facebook live event.

White House spokesman Judd Deere (NYSE:DE) said the president "is a big fan of The Villages. The tweet comes on the heels of Trump 's hostile response to protests against racial injustice engulfing the United States following the death of Floyd, an unarmed Black man who died after a white police

White House says Trump did not hear ' white power ' chant. Before the tweet was deleted, South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, the only Black senator in the Republican conference, said on Sunday that the video retweeted by the President was offensive and "indefensible."

Speaking on “Fox & Friends” Monday morning, McEnany said Trump hadn’t heard the “white power” shout but never condemned the language, saying, “His point in tweeting out that video was to stand with his supporters, who are oftentimes demonized.”

She was more explicit during a news conference later in the day, saying that while Trump did listen to the video before sharing it on Twitter, “he did not hear that particular phrase.”

As McEnany left the White House briefing room, reporters shouted after her, asking why the president and his advisers had declined to condemn the phrase “white power” — but the question was never posed during the news conference, nor did McEnany bring it up. A senior White House official said that had McEnany been asked, she was prepared to say that of course the president condemns white power, white nationalism and racism in any form.

McEnany also entered the briefing room with a set of bullet points alleging problematic statements and stances of Democrats on the issue of race, including Biden and Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee.

Trump’s tweet was just the latest racial controversy that prompted Republicans to try to defend or explain away the actions of a president who once declared there were “very fine people on both sides” of a deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville.

Twitter masks a new message from Donald Trump for "inappropriate behavior"

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Paris Dennard, the senior communications adviser for black media affairs at the Republican National Committee, argued that people should focus not on Trump’s original tweet, but on the fact that he eventually took it down.

“Deleting the tweet was a clear sign that President Trump did not agree with the comment, deleting the tweet was the condemnation and it was the correct and responsible action,” Dennard said. “President Trump has always denounced and condemned racism, bigotry and violence as a private citizen, candidate and President of the United States. I am more concerned at the fact that the media is not asking Team Joe Biden to condemn his long history of very bigoted, offensive and racist comments all over social media.”

Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), when asked about Trump’s decision to share the video, said he believed the White House explanation that the president didn’t realize what he was promoting.

“I think that — how I have observed and sometimes do things without listening to every word — that that’s not impossible, and I think he showed his sincerity by withdrawing,” Grassley said.

The Villages Republican Club said in a tweet that it was “appalled” by the turn of events.

a man wearing a suit and tie © Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post

“In the video a man was yelling ‘White Power,’ ” the group wrote. “This is NOT what we stand for and is NOT a reflection of Village residents. We must unite as a Country!”

A spokesman for the club, John Calandro, said in an interview that there was “no justification” for the comment and that it was “disappointing” that it had been amplified to Trump’s 82 million followers.

“When you have a community like ours, you don’t like to have anybody cast it in a light that’s not favorable,” he said, adding that Trump continues to enjoy strong support among residents.

The Villages, where 97 percent of the population is white and less than 1 percent is black, is the kind of place where Trump’s “Make America Great Again” pitch has a specific racial appeal, said Andrew Blechman, who wrote “Leisureville: Adventures in a World Without Children,” a book about the sprawling retirement community.

“The entire place is a pantomime of a make-believe sepia-toned fantasy of ‘the way America used to be and should be’ — where white people dominate, blacks are either nonexistent or nonthreatening domestics / low-wagers, and teens go to sock hops and jerk soda,” he said in an email, adding that he was not surprised by the views expressed in the video.

Paul Kane contributed to this report.

White House press secretary says Trump's racist 'kung flu' comment was 'linking' the coronavirus 'to its place of origin' .
Trump's top aide Kellyanne Conway condemned the term "kung flu" as "highly offensive" and "wrong" in March.McEnany refused to say whether the racist term is, in fact, racist or offensive, after being asked by several reporters at Monday's White House press briefing. Instead, she argued Trump was "linking [the virus] to its place of origin.

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