A supporter of Donald Trump was caught on camera appearing to make a white power gesture while the president was on stage in Florida.
The man, wearing sunglasses and a black baseball cap, stood directly behind Trump Friday night as he addressed a crowd at The Villages, the world’s largest retirement community, near Orlando.
In June, the president got into hot water after retweeting a clip of a man in The Villages riding a golf cart yelling, “White power.” Trump removed the clip shortly after.
On Friday, when the president railed against Joe Biden and urged his followers to grant him four more years, the man began to make an “ OK ” sign: the thumb and index finger touched while the other fingers of the hand are held out.
The general symbol is now known as a ‘white power’ sign.
On Friday, a man behind Trump (circled) was seen making a ‘white power’ gesture
The ADL says the ‘okay’ symbol is now used to mean ‘white power’
The president was at the world’s largest retirement home on Friday night, near Orlando
Trump addressed an enthusiastic crowd in Florida at the retirement home on Friday night
According to the League Against Defamation, the symbol was mentioned in a 2017 joke on chat site 4chan to represent ‘wp’ – the ‘w’ being the three fingers and the ‘p’ being the circled thumb and index finger.
“ The hoax was so successful that the symbol became a popular trolling tactic on the part of right-leaning individuals, who often posted photos on social media of themselves posing while making the ‘okay’ gesture, ” says the ADL .
They note that Australian white supremacist Brenton Tarrant flashed the symbol during a courtroom in March 2019 shortly after his arrest for alleged murder of 50 people in a mosque shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand.
The White House has not responded to Friday night’s ‘white power’ gesture.
In June, they claimed that the president had not heard the “ white power ” comment in The Villages, and was instead focused on the support he saw from citizens of the Florida senior community.
Donald Trump posted a video from The Villages in June featuring a man shouting ‘white power’
“He has not heard the only statement on the video,” White House spokesman Judd Deere told NBC News.
“What he did see was the enormous enthusiasm of his many supporters.”
The ‘white power’ comments are called out just eight seconds after the video.
The video was posted on Twitter by another user and shows two minutes of clashes between pro-Trump protesters and senior counter-protesters denouncing the president.
“Thank you to the wonderful people at The Villages,” Trump said on the video.
‘The radical left is not doing anything. Democrats will fall in the fall. The corrupt Joe is shot. Bye!!!’
He has now deleted the post.
‘White Power’: A Trump supporter in the golf cart parade shouted ‘white power’
A particularly passionate counter-demonstrator (here in black) stepped in front of some golf carts and called the supporters ‘Nazis’ and ‘terrorists’
Near the beginning of the video, an elderly citizen protesting for Trump exclaims “ white power ” while singing golf cart passenger “ Trump. ”
“Please, white power. Did you hear that? ‘ a counter-demonstrator standing next to the procession responded with awe.
He deleted the tweet after outrage on social media – including that of his own party.
Tim Scott, the only black GOP senator, denounced Trump who posted the video – claiming to remove it.
“There’s no question, he shouldn’t have retweeted and he should have just deleted it,” the South Carolina senator told CNN at the time.
“But does it offend you?” Jake Tapper, host of the State of the Union, asked Scott. “I mean, it insults me – and I’m white.”
‘You can’t play it because it was so blasphemous. The whole thing was offensive – especially the comment about white power was offensive. ‘
Scott said, “It’s indefensible, we have to remove it.”
Piers Morgan, once a staunch defender of the president, also slapped Trump for the tweet.
One of those ‘wonderful people’ shouts’ WHITE POWER! ‘Do you agree, Mr President? tweeted the British journalist.
South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, the only black Republican in the Senate, called on Trump to remove the tweet
British broadcast journalist Piers Morgan also wondered if Trump ‘endorsed’ the ‘white power’ from the video