Trump: Apologize for Sharing “White Power” Video

Donald Trump - Gage Skidmore

Target: Donald Trump, President of the United States

Goal: Demand Trump personally apologize for tweeting “white power” video.

President Trump showed his support for counter-Black Lives Matter protesters by retweeting a video of a man saying “white power” in response to protests. The video was apparently taken at a retirement community in Florida called The Villages. The video shows people wearing Trump shirts and carrying signs in support of Trump as they drive by on golf carts and interact with protestors that line the roadway. The video is two minutes long, but the first understandable message happens eight seconds into the clip, when a man driving a golf cart and carrying a sign that reads “Trump 2020” and “America First” very clearly and distinctly yells “white power.” In addition to sharing this video on his personal feed, President Trump added the commentary, “Thank you to the great people of The Villages. The Radical Left Do Nothing Democrats will Fall in the Fall. Corrupt Joe [Biden] is shot. See you soon!!!” According to the Anti-Defamation League, “white power” is a white supremacist slogan.

Trump publicly displayed this video and his accompanying message on his Twitter page for about three hours, before it was deleted. The White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere said, “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 Trump Administration did not apologize for what is, at best, a faux pas. The only Black Republican senator Tim Scott said that the sharing of the video by the president was “indefensible” and that “he should not have retweeted.”

Sign this petition to urge President Trump to personally address the video and to apologize for sharing it on his Twitter.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Trump,

“White power” is a very clear white supremacist slogan that is racist and divisive. Now, more than ever, our country needs to be unified, as we face racial tensions and systemic change as well as a global pandemic. Your sharing of a video that very clearly and immediately shows a man yelling “white power” is intolerable.

This is not a circumstance that can be explained away by a deputy press secretary. You must personally address the video and apologize for having shared it. I urge you to issue a public apology and to denounce white supremacy.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore




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