It's One of These Two Scenarios That Explain Why Trump Didn't Remove the 'White Power' Retweet Until Several Hours Later

Published July 1st, 2020 - 08:49 GMT
It's One of These Two Scenarios That Explain Why Trump Didn't Remove the 'White Power' Retweet Until Several Hours Later
Trump had retweeted a short video of his supporters chanting his name and "white power" in Florida before taking it down hours later responding to public outrage. (Shutterstock: Willrow Hood)

Even though the controversy of the US president retweeting a video of his supporters chanting "white power" had led him to delete the post hours later, his act is still triggering a lot of discussions on social media.

Realizing the power they have in the digital space after their responses forced Donald Trump to take down a retweet that was described as "racist," social media users continued to question the American president's motive to remove it.

While many Trump supporters argued that he might not have heard the racist chant when he decided to retweet the video and thank his supporters, several commentators criticized Trump's late response, wondering why it took him several hours before realizing the mistake he made. 

Some social media users tried to imagine the different scenarios that delayed Trump's removal of the retweet, especially after reports of his aids being unable to reach him as he headed to play golf.

Several users ruled out the possibility of the commander in chief being out of his aids' reach, since they might sometimes need to brief him on very urgent issues, but went on to say that this pretext was given "to cover up the fact that it took them hours to persuade him to remove the racist video."

Other comments continued to express anger towards the US president, saying that removing the video isn't enough especially that he didn't condemn his supporters' "white supremacist" chants.

Trump had captioned the video with thanks to his supporters in a Florida retirement community, calling them "great people" and pledging to win the 2020 race against the Democratic presidential nominee, the former Vice President Joe Biden. 

"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 U soon." - Donald J. Trump


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