U.S. President Donald Trump retweeted Sunday a video montage of a confrontation during a pro-Trump golf cart parade in The Villages, Florida - in which one Trump supporter can be heard yelling “white power.”
Trump wrote on Twitter, “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 video montage, which includes explicit language, also shows protesters yelling "Nazi" at the Trump supporters driving by. Trump deleted the retweet hours later after widespread condemnation.
The Villages is an adult retirement community located in central Florida which has made headlines before for political confrontations between residents during its pro-Trump golf cart parades.
The tweet comes on the heels of Trump's hostile response to the racial unrest engulfing the United States following the death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man who died after a white police officer knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes in Minneapolis.
Trump on Friday canceled a planned weekend visit to his golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, and said he was staying in Washington "to make sure LAW & ORDER is enforced."
"The arsonists, anarchists, looters, and agitators have been largely stopped," Trump wrote on Twitter. "I am doing what is necessary to keep our communities safe - and these people will be brought to Justice!"
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Trump has pledged to take a hard line on anyone destroying or vandalizing historical U.S. monuments and has threatened to use force on some protesters, as activism against racial injustice sweeps the country.
Trump said on Twitter on Friday that he had signed a "very strong" executive order protecting monuments. A text of the order says the federal government will prosecute "to the fullest extent" anyone who damages or desecrates monuments, memorials or statues.
The 2003 Veterans Memorial Preservation Act provides for prison terms of up to 10 years for destroying or attempting to destroy monuments commemorating those who served in the U.S. armed forces.
Trump's order also threatens to withhold federal support to state and local law enforcement agencies that fail to protect monuments.
Hundreds of unarmed Washington, D.C., National Guard troops are on standby to assist law enforcement personnel with protecting monuments, after protesters tried to tear down a statue of former President Andrew Jackson in a park near the White House on Monday.