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Trump Deletes 'White Power' Tweet After Public Outrage

President Donald Trump shared a video on Sunday, showing supporters chanting "white power" on Twitter Inc.'s (NYSE: TWTR) social media platform.

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President Donald Trump shared a video on Sunday, showing supporters chanting "white power" on Twitter Inc.'s (NYSE:TWTR) social media platform.

What Happened

"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 said in the tweet accompanying the video, which has since been deleted.

Senator Tim Scot of South Carolina, the only black Republican in the Senate, criticized Trump's move of sharing the video.

"There's no question. He should not have retweeted it and he should just take it down," Scott, who also drafted the Republican police reform bill in the aftermath of George Floyd's death, told CNN. "The entire thing was offensive. Certainly, the comment about the white power was offensive."

White House Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere said in a statement that the president hadn't heard the "one statement made on the video."

"What he did see was tremendous enthusiasm from his many supporters," Deere said, according to CNN.

Why It Matters

Over the last month, Twitter has restricted several of Trump's tweets over "misinformation" and "inciting violence" claims, and Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) recently followed suit.

The president has, in turn, accused social media companies of bias against conservative voices, and threatened to remove legal immunity over third-party content posted on their platforms.

Image by the White House