Mr. Trump retweeted an ABC news link to a video and article about the scene. The White House did not respond to requests for comment about the president’s decision to promote the clip. But in the past, Mr. Trump has positioned himself as a strong defender of Second Amendment rights. He has also failed to distinguish between peaceful protesters, whose right to assemble is protected by the Constitution, and violent looters, some of whom were responsible for vandalism and fires that broke out during largely peaceful demonstrations across the country expressing outrage over the killing of Mr. Floyd in police custody.
On Monday, Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter: “Seattle Looters, Agitators, Anarchists and ‘Protestors’, are now refusing to leave the ‘CHOP’ Zone. They have ZERO respect for Government, or the Mayor of Seattle or Governor of Washington State! Not good!”
In an interview on “Fox Friends” on Monday morning, the White House press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, defended Mr. Trump’s decision to retweet the video of his supporters in Florida, even though it was pulled down after criticism from Republican lawmakers of the racist phrase “white power.”
“His point in tweeting out that video was to stand with his supporters, who are oftentimes demonized,” Ms. McEnany said. “So he didn’t hear that portion. He took it down. But he does stand with the men and women of The Villages,” the Florida retirement community where the clash apparently took place.
Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/29/us/politics/trump-white-couple-protesters.html