(WASHINGTON, DC – 6/28/2020) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today renewed its call for the suspension of President Trump’s Twitter account after he retweeted a video in which one of his supporters shouts “white power.”
Trump tweeted, “Thank you to the great people of The Villages” this morning to supporters in Florida, one of whom shouted “white power” while passing in a golf cart.
SEE: Video retweeted by Trump shows supporter yelling “white power”
In a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:
“Mr. Trump has moved beyond his usual ‘dog whistle’ white supremacist and racist pronouncements to actually promoting the vile ‘white power’ slogan to his millions of followers. Twitter must suspend his account as it would that of any garden-variety racist.”
He said CAIR and the American Muslim community are standing in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism and white supremacy.
Awad noted that Twitter recently labelled a Trump tweet as having “manipulated media.” Last month, Twitter added fact-checking verification notices to Trump’s tweets and last week hid a Trump tweet threatening violence against anti-racist protesters in Washington, D.C.
SEE: Twitter labels Trump tweet ‘manipulated media’ for first time
CAIR recently condemned President Trump’s “racist threat of violence” against protesters and called for the suspension of both his and the White House’s Twitter accounts after he posted a tweet that condemned “thugs” for “looting” in Minneapolis, threatened to intervene with the National Guard, and declared “when the looting starts, the shooting will start.”
SEE: CAIR Calls on Minn. National Guard to Reject Trump’s ‘Racist and Illegal Threat,’ Encourages Suspension of President’s Twitter Account