Trump shares video of white couple pointing guns at protesters in St. Louis

President TrumpDonald John Trump Intelligence suggests that Russian rewards led to the death of several US troops in Afghanistan: Obama report called Philonise Floyd before her brother’s memorial service: New York President Trump is trying to cover his tracks by attacking the state of right MORE On Monday, he shared a video on Twitter of a white couple pointing guns at a group of protesters in St. Louis who were marching to the mayor’s residence to demand their resignation.

The 30-second video, posted on Twitter by ABC News, showed a man and woman holding guns as protesters walked about 20 meters away. According to The Guardian, the couple were standing outside their home in the exclusive St. Louis neighborhood of the Central West End.

The images show a man yelling and aiming a rifle at protesters, many of whom were recording the scene on their cell phones. A “let’s go” chant was heard in the background as several protesters passed by the couple’s home.

The St. Louis incident came amid continuing unrest in the U.S., as protests over racial injustice and police brutality have swept the nation after the George Floyd police murder on May 25 in Minneapolis.

Trump shared the video just a day after he faced a backlash for retweeting a clip in which a supporter yelled “white power” amid confrontations between anti-Trump protesters and pro-Trump protesters. In the tweet, which Trump later deleted, the president praised the “great people” who expressed their support.

Few hours after posting that video, senator. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottBiden on Trump sharing a video of a protester yelling “white power”: “chose a side” Tim Scott: Reformed police legislation stalled a “shame” Trump retweets, then deletes a video that includes the protester yelling “white power” ‘MORE (RS.C.), the only black Republican in the upper house, asked Trump to take him down, calling him “indefensible.”

“There is no question that he should not have been retweeted, and should simply be removed,” said Scott, who is leading the Republican Party’s police reform effort.

“We are in a battle for the soul of the nation, and the president has chosen a side,” presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden’s record tax increases will take his money, and his work Cable networks bundle the convention’s coverage to reduce the number of Biden employees in Trump by sharing a video of a protester yelling ‘white power’: He ‘has chosen a side ‘MORE he said on Twitter. “But make no mistake: it is a battle that we will win.”

White House spokesman Judd Deere said in a statement Sunday that the president “did not hear the only statement made” in the “white power” video.

“What he did see was tremendous enthusiasm from his many followers,” he said.

The march in St. Louis on Sunday took place just a few days after the city’s mayor, Lyda Krewson (D), read the names and addresses of several people who wrote to her office suggesting that the police department of the city ​​to be rejected. Since then, Krewson has apologized and a video of her comments has been removed from Facebook, The Guardian noted.

A group of about 500 protesters marched to his house demanding that he resign because of the move. When they passed a house in Block 0 of Portland Place, a couple left their home brandishing firearms and shouting that protesters were invading.

The couple was identified as Mark T. and Patricia N. McCloskey by The St. Louis-Dispatch on Monday. Mark McCloskey repeatedly yelled “private property” and “get out” at passing protesters, the newspaper reported. Some protesters could be heard urging others to “keep moving” as the couple kept their weapons pointed in their direction.

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department told The Hill that it is investigating the incident.

A summary of the incident said the couple, identified as a 63-year-old white man and a 61-year-old white woman, called police after a group of people allegedly invaded a private street. The couple claimed they armed themselves after seeing other armed people, police said.

Trump has faced criticism of how he has used social media in the weeks after Floyd’s death. Twitter in May placed a warning in a tweet from the president saying “when the looting begins, the shooting begins.” Trump made the comments while claiming that “thugs” in Minneapolis were “disgracing the memory of George Floyd.”

Trump has also repeatedly denounced protesters who have overthrown statues of Confederate generals and other figures. In tweets, he described those who attack monuments as “arsonists, anarchists, looters, and agitators.”

Updated at 10:41 am