A REPUBLICAN senator has condemned a "terrible" video shared by President Donald Trump over the weekend showing a MAGA supporter saying "white power."
Tim Scott, the only black Republican in the Senate, said that the clip Trump shared with his 82million Twitter followers should absolutely be removed. The president has since taken the post down.
Sen Scott, of South Carolina, branded the video "terrible" in an appearance on CBS Face the Nation.
"The truth of the matter is, when you hear things like that, racist chants towards white power, we should have the same response and the same type of energy for those folks who we know have been disadvantaged for so long. We should stand up and say, 'That's not right,'" Scott said. "And I'm saying the exact same thing now, that's not right."
"That was a terrible display that I saw in that video," Scott added. "I watched the whole video before I came on the show … the whole thing was terrible."
The video in question was posted to Twitter by another user on Saturday, and retweeted by Trump on Sunday.
It showed clashes between residents of The Villages, a large retirement community in Sumter, Florida, some who supported Trump and some who were denouncing the president.
A Trump supporter, who is riding in a golf cart past counter-protesters, can very clearly be heard saying "white power" eight seconds into the video.
When the president reposted the clip, he claimed it was simply to thank the group of his supporters.
"Thank you to the great people of The Villages. The Radical Left Do Nothing Democrats will Fall in the Fall. Corrupt Joe is shot. See you soon!!!," the president wrote when alongside the video.
The post has since been deleted, and Trump's camp has claimed that he did not hear the "white power" comment before he posted it.
"He did not hear the one statement made on the video," White House spokeman Judd Deer told NBC News. "What he did see was tremendous enthusiasm from his many supporters."
The president shared the video at a time when racial tensions are high across the US, as protests that were sparked by the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May continue. Many Twitter users, and even lawmakers in his own party like Sen Scott, were quick to call out Trump for spreading hate at a time when so many racial injustices are being brought into the public eye.
Scott also appeared on CNN's State of the Union on Sunday before Trump removed the offensive Tweet, where he slammed the president's decision to share the video as "indefensible."
"There's no question. He should not have retweeted it and he should just take it down," Scott said. "If you watch the entire video – you can't play it because it was so profanity-laced – the entire thing was offensive. Certainly the comment about white power was offensive."
The Republican senator added that there was absolutely no reason to share the clip.
"We can play politics with it or we can't. I'm not going to. I think it's indefensible. We should take it down," he added.
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