Miami-Dade Fire Rescue confirmed on Monday that the Trump supporter chanting the racist slogan “white power” in a controversial video retweeted by President Donald Trump Sunday was a retired Miami-Dade firefighter, reports NBC Miami.
In the since-deleted tweet, the president praised the Florida demonstrators shown in the more than two-minute video, posting “thank you to the great people of The Villages.”
The pro-Trump demonstrator yelled “white power” within the first nine seconds of the video.
— donald Berrier (@GungaDon1) June 28, 2020
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue tweeted an official statement Monday confirming that the man was indeed a “longtime” retired MDFR employee.
“The statement made by a longtime retired employee does not reflect Miami-Dade Fire Rescue’s core values of integrity and respect for the diverse and multi-cultural community we serve,” the statement reads. “This retired employee acted as a private citizen and his views and actions are NOT representative of who we are and what we stand for.”
— MDFR (@MiamiDadeFire) June 29, 2020
The White House did not respond when asked whether Trump condemned the supporter’s comment. As of Monday evening, President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have yet to denounce their supporter’s “white power” statement.
White House spokesman Judd Deere said in a statement that “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.”
Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, condemned Trump. “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,” the former vice president tweeted.