The man who shouted 'white power' in a video shared by Trump is a retired firefighter who has been disowned by his former employer

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President Donald Trump delivers a speech following a tour of Fincantieri Marinette Marine in Marinette, Wisconsin, on June 25, 2020.
President Donald Trump delivers a speech following a tour of Fincantieri Marinette Marine in Marinette, Wisconsin, on June 25, 2020.

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  • The man who was seen yelling "white power" in a video shared by Trump on Twitter was identified by the Miami Herald as Roger Stokes, a 71-year-old retired Miami-Dade County firefighter.

  • Miami-Dade Fire Rescue said the man's actions did not reflect the "core values of integrity and respect for the diverse and multi-cultural community we serve."

  • Trump deleted the video he had shared on Twitter hours after writing those seen in the video were "great people." 

  • White House press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, said Trump had watched the video but had not heard the "white power" before posting.

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The man who shouted "white power" in a video shared by President Donald Trump on Sunday is reportedly a retired Miami-Dade County firefighter whose former department has since disowned him.

The president stirred up controversy on Sunday when he retweeted a video showing a supporter yelling "white power" during a pro-Trump golf cart parade in The Villages, a retirement community northeast of Orlando, Florida. Trump wrote that the people in the video were "great people," before he later deleted the tweet.

According to the Miami Herald, the man who was seen yelling "white power" was Roger Stokes, a 71-year-old resident of The Villages.

While the Miami-Dade County Fire Department did not directly name Stokes, they tried to distance the organization from the man in the video in a tweeted statement. 

"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. 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," the department said on Twitter.

Trump deleted the video hours after posting it on Sunday. According to a report from NBC News, Trump was golfing and aides couldn't get in contact with him to delete it earlier.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Trump had watched the video but had not heard the "white power" before posting.

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