Playing politics

Of course he did.

A video shared by President Trump on Twitter Sunday includes a man who appears to be a Trump supporter saying “white power” in response to protesters.

In the video, apparently taken at The Villages, a retirement community in Florida, people wearing Trump shirts and with Trump signs on their golf carts drive by protesters yelling insults at them and about the president.

In one exchange — eight seconds into the two-minute video — a white man holding a sign that says “Make America Sane Again,” a reference to Trump’s campaign slogan, yells: “Where’s your white hood?” In response, a white man driving a golf cart with signs reading “Trump 2020” and “America First” yells back “white power.”

And male power! And rich white male power! All power to the rich white men; everyone else eat shit!

Trump retweeted the video before 8 a.m. ET Sunday and deleted his tweet around 11 a.m.

In a statement, Judd Deere, the White House deputy press secretary, did not apologize for the tweet or condemn the racist term but said instead: “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.”

He didn’t hear “the one statement.” What one statement? You know. I don’t know; what “one”? The one.

Apart from anything else it’s illiterate, especially from a press secretary.

Jake Tapper asks a black senator if he finds it offensive, adding “I find it offensive and I’m white” – which I think he added so as not to seem to be pushing Scott to say it while he (Tapper) gets to stay neutral.

Scott says, oddly, “We can play politics, I’m not going to” – as if it’s possible not to “play politics” in this context. What the hell else can anyone play? It is political, it’s classic Trump filthy-political. It’s no good abstaining when Trump is playing all day every day.

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