President Donald Trump came under fire Sunday after sharing a video in which a supporter twice shouts "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!!!" the president tweeted along with a video of a golf parade of his supporters in The Villages, a massive retirement community in central Florida.
The video shows a small group of Trump critics shouting insults and profanity at the president's' supporters.
"Where's your white hood?" an anti-Trump protester shouts at one golf cart driver, implying the man was a member of the Klu Klux Klan. "Racist! Racist!" he yells.
"Yeah, you got it. White power! White power!" the man shouts in reply while giving the protester a thumbs up.
The incident takes place at the very beginning of the 2:08 video. The retweet has since been deleted from Trump's account. Some users captured screengrabs of the video playing on the president's feed before it was taken down.
White House Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere said Trump was not aware the supporter had shouted the white supremacist slogan.
"President Trump is a big fan of The Villages. He did not hear the one statement made on the video. What he did see was tremendous enthusiasm from his many supporters,” Deere said in a statement.
The encounter between Trump supporters and critics comes amid nationwide protests against racial discrimination and police brutality. The president's decision to share the video of the encounter was quickly condemned, as critics seized upon the tweet as more evidence to support their claim that Trump is a racist, an assertion Trump has strongly denied.
Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden compared Trump's retweet to his August 2017 statement that there were "very fine people, on both sides" of a confrontation between white supremacists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, that left one woman dead.
"Today the President shared a video of people shouting 'white power' and said they were 'great.' Just like he did after Charlottesville. We’re in a battle for the soul of the nation – and the President has picked a side. But make no mistake: it’s a battle we will win," Biden said in a tweet.
"Trump shared a video where his supporter screams “white power” twice, which shouldn’t surprise anyone, since Trump’s the biggest racist in the world," tweeted Scott Dworkin, co-founder of the anti-Trump Democratic Coalition.
"We have actually gotten to the point in this horrific journey that the President of the United States has tweeted a video of his supporter shouting 'White Power!' He doesn’t deserve one single vote," tweeted former Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill.
"This is Donald Trump’s presidency: circulating video of supporter yelling 'white power!'" said CNN White House correspondent John Harwood.
Sherrilyn Ifill, president of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, said on CBS News' "Face the Nation" that the retweet demonstrated Trump's racism and the fact that he removed it did not change her mind.
"This is really not about the president taking it down. This is about the judgment of the president and putting it up. It's about what the president believes. And it's time for this country to really face that," Ifill said.
"I spent the first few years of this presidency with reporters asking me questions over and over again about whether, in fact, the president was racist and whether he supported white supremacist ideologies. I'm through answering that question because the president answers it himself and he did this morning."
Other critics noted that the protesters in the video also appeared to be residents of The Villages, as did several other anti-Trump protesters featured in the video.
Republican Sen. Tim Scott called on Trump to delete the post in an interview with CNN'S "State of the Union that aired before the video was removed from Trump's Twitter feed.
"There's no question he should not have retweeted it and he should just take it down." Scott said. He called the video "offensive" and "indefensible," but added that he refused to "play politics with it."
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told CNN he had not seen the video, "but obviously neither the president, his administration nor I would do anything to be supportive of white supremacy or anything that would support discrimination of any kind."
Azar declined to comment when host Jake Tapper asked him if the president's tweet had been a "mistake."
The tweet was one of a series posted by Trump Sunday morning. In others, he referred to Biden as a "Low IQ person," falsely claimed to have stopped the vandalization of public monuments by "imposing a very powerful 10 year prison sentence" on the vandalism, and denounced the news media for reports that he had been told about an intelligence report that said Russia had put a bounty on U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
The Lincoln Coalition, a super PAC formed by anti-Trump conservatives, shared an ad about the Russian bounty report that condemned Trump for not retaliating against Russia and implied his "white power" tweet was intended to distract from the new scandal.
Contributing: Michael Collins