Tim Scott says Trump should take down 'offensive' Twitter video of protester shouting 'white power'

Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottSen. Manchin paves way for a telehealth revolution Kerry Washington backs For the People Act: 'Black and Brown voters are being specifically targeted' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Bipartisan group reaches infrastructure deal; many questions remain MORE (R-S.C.) said President TrumpDonald TrumpNorth Carolina Senate passes trio of election measures 14 Republicans vote against making Juneteenth a federal holiday Border state governors rebel against Biden's immigration chaos MORE should take down the “offensive” video he retweeted Sunday morning praising people who can be heard saying the phrase “white power.” 

“There's no question he should not have retweeted it, and he should just take it down,” Scott said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.” 

CNN’s Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperPolice investigating death of TV anchor who uncovered Clinton tarmac meeting as suicide Mississippi governor: Biden goal of 70 percent of US vaccinated by July 4 is 'arbitrary' Energy secretary: Adversaries have capability of shutting down US power grid MORE asked Scott, the only Black Republican senator, if the video offends him.


“Does it offend you, though? I mean, it offends me, and I’m white,” Tapper 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 the white power was offensive. There’s no question,” Scott responded. 

Scott added, however, that he wasn't going to “play politics” with the video. 


“We can play politics with it, or we can’t. I’m not going to,” he said, adding again that Trump should take the video down. 

Trump on Sunday morning tweeted a video featuring people in a golf cart with “Trump 2020” flags. At least one man can be heard yelling the phrase “white power.” 

“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!!!” Trump said in a post retweeting the video. 

Former White House national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonUS drops lawsuit, closes probe over Bolton book John Bolton: Biden-Putin meeting 'premature' Republicans request documents on Kerry's security clearance process MORE also told Tapper it’s “entirely possible” Trump tweeted the video without even hearing the man say the phrase “white power.” 

“I would just make this observation: He doesn’t pay attention to a lot of things. It's entirely possible he tweeted this video because he saw the sign,” Bolton said, referring to the “Trump 2020” sign. “And that’s all he needed to see.” 

He did not totally dismiss the idea that Trump did hear the message before tweeting the video, though.