Watch: Senior Fracas Worthy of John Waters (and Trump)

Tuesday June 30, 2020

The man who shouted "White Power," identified as 71-year-old Roger Stokes, a resident of The Villages
The man who shouted "White Power," identified as 71-year-old Roger Stokes, a resident of The Villages  (Source:Twitter)

Many saw the brief clip of a white senior Trump supporter shouting "white power" at protesters in a video that the president tweeted (then deleted) on Sunday. The removal of the tweet had a drama all its own when his staff labeled it a "five-alarm fire" and spent three hours attempting to reach the president on the golf course to take it down.

"The video remained on the president's Twitter page, where he has 82 million followers, for more than three hours because White House officials couldn't reach him to ask him to delete it, the two officials said. The president was at his golf club in Virginia and had put his phone down, the officials said," reported NBC News.

The short clip quickly went viral but those who watched the entire video got to see something right out of a John Waters movie — white seniors shouting invectives at each other as a parade of Trump supporters in golf carts drive through the Florida retirement community known as The Villages, greeted by angry anti-Trumpers.

The "White Power"-shouting Trumper is 71-year-old Roger Stokes, a resident of The Villages and a former Miami-Dade County firefighter, reported the Miami Herald.

The fire department was quick to distance themselves from Stokes, issuing the following 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 Miami Herald tried to reach Stokes Monday to ask whether or not he was speaking with sarcasm. A home phone number for Stokes had been disconnected by Monday afternoon. A message left at a cellphone number hadn't been returned as of early Monday afternoon," the paper's report continues.

But the break-out personality on the video worthy of Waters is a female Trump protester who shouts "Fahk Trump" at those in the golf carts as they slowly pass her by. (Kathleen Turner, where are you?)

She punctuates her comments to them with phrases like, "you idiot." When one Trump supporter gets out of his cart in a burst of macho bravado, the woman stands in front of his vehicle. When he attempts to move, she steps away with the words, "Fahk you. You Nazi pig." As he drives away, the Trump supporter sticks his tongue out at the protesters.

And when a woman drives by she calls her "a fahkin' Karen," using the term that has come to define clueless white women when it comes to race.

In a calmer moment seen in another tweet the woman, identified as Sharon Sandler, describes herself as having moved from Connecticut without realizing that there is so little diversity in the Florida community where she moved.

"Black lives matter to me," she says. "Trump is destroying our country and I cannot absolutely sit back and watch what he's doing. I can't stand Trump. I think he is a pervert. I think these people are part of a cult (gesturing to the crowd behind her). And brainwashed. It is really bad living here. Thank God we all have friends and we stick together. It is very hard living in the Villages as a Democrat and not a Trump supporter."

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