A Donald Trump supporter was caught on camera appearing to make a ‘white power’ gesture while the president was on stage in Florida.
The man, in sunglasses and a black baseball cap, was standing directly behind Trump on Friday evening 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 buggy and yelling: ‘White power’. Trump deleted the clip soon after.
On Friday, as the president railed against Joe Biden and urged his followers to grant him four more years, the man began making an ‘OK’ sign – the thumb and index finger touching while the other fingers of the hand are held outstretched.
The common symbol is now known to be a ‘white power’ sign.
A man behind Trump (circled) could be seen on Friday making a ‘white power’ gesture
The ADL say that the ‘okay’ symbol is now being used to mean ‘white power’
The president on Friday night was at the world’s largest retirement home, near Orlando
Trump addressed an enthusiastic crowd in Florida on Friday evening at the retirement village
According to the Anti-Defamation League, the symbol was said in a 2017 joke on the 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 the symbol became a popular trolling tactic on the part of right-leaning individuals, who would often post photos to social media of themselves posing while making the ‘okay’ gesture,’ the ADL say.
They note that Australian white supremacist Brenton Tarrant flashed the symbol during a March 2019 courtroom appearance soon after his arrest for allegedly murdering 50 people in a shooting spree at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.
The White House has not responded to Friday night’s ‘white power’ gesture.
In June they claimed the president didn’t hear the ‘white power’ comment at The Villages, and was instead focused on the support he was witnessing from citizens of the Florida senior community.
Donald Trump posted a video in June from The Villages with a man yelling ‘white power’
‘He did not hear the one statement made on the video,’ White House spokesman Judd Deere told NBC News.
‘What he did see was tremendous enthusiasm from his many supporters.’
The ‘white power’ comments is shouted just eight seconds into the video.
The video was posted to Twitter by another user and shows two-minutes of clashes between pro-Trump demonstrators and senior counter-protesters denouncing the president.
‘Thank you to the great people of The Villages,’ Trump said, with the video.
‘The Radical Left Do Nothing Democrats will Fall in the Fall. Corrupt Joe is shot. See you soon!!!’
He has now taken the post down.
‘White Power’: One Trump supporter in the golf cart parade yelled ‘white power’
A particularly passionate counter protesters (here in black), stepped in front of some golf carts and called the supporters ‘Nazis’ and ‘terrorists’
Toward the beginning of the video, one senior citizen protesting for Trump yells ‘white power,’ as he golf-cart passenger chants ‘Trump.’
‘There you go, white power. Did you hear that?’ a counter protester standing by the side of the procession responded in awe.
He deleted the tweet after outcry on social media – including from those within his own party.
Tim Scott, the sole black GOP Senator, denounced Trump posting the video – claiming he should take it down.
‘There’s no question, he should not have retweeted and he should just take it down,’ the South Carolina senator told CNN at the time.
‘Does it offend you, though?’ State of the Union host Jake Tapper asked Scott. ‘I mean, it offends me – and I’m white.’
‘You can’t play it, because it was so profanity-laced. The entire thing was offensive – particularly the comment about white power was offensive.’
Scott said: ‘It is indefensible, we should take it down.’
Piers Morgan, once an avid defender of the president, also bashed Trump for the tweet.
‘One of those ‘great people’ shouts ‘WHITE POWER!’ Are you endorsing that, Mr President?’ the British broadcast journalist tweeted.
South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, the sole black Republican in the Senate, called for Trump to take down the tweet
British broadcast journalist Piers Morgan also questioned if Trump was ‘endorsing’ the ‘white power’ shout from the video