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

Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump takes on CDC over schools Finger-pointing, gridlock spark frustration in Senate Tim Scott says he's talking with House Democrats about reviving police reform bill MORE (R-S.C.) said President TrumpDonald John TrumpDavis: Supreme Court decision is bad news for Trump, good news for Vance Meadows trying to root out suspected White House leakers by feeding them info: Axios Pressley hits DeVos over reopening schools: 'I wouldn't trust you to care for a house plant let alone my child' 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 TapperCarson calls for local leaders to 'condemn vandalization of statues,' 'dismantle autonomous zones' Officials couldn't reach Trump on golf course to delete retweet of video showing man chanting 'white power': report Democratic officials, governors push for nationwide mask mandate as administration defends state-by-state approach 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 BoltonTrump flails as audience dwindles and ratings plummet Many Democrats want John Bolton's testimony, but Pelosi stays mum Trump envoy says US ready to talk to North Korea but rebukes Pyongyang counterpart 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.