DORAL, FLA. (WSVN) - Miami-Dade Fire Rescue is speaking out a day after a retired employee with the agency was seen shouting “white power” in a video that was retweeted, then deleted, by President Donald Trump.
The clip, which has since gone viral, shows 71-year-old Roger Stokes making the racist remark while driving a golf cart in The Villages, a retirement community located in Central Florida.
A spokesperson with MDFR released the following statement after the tweet:
“As for the employee in question, we can confirm that Roger Stokes was employed and retired from his position at MDFR in 1996. However, we can NOT confirm that gentleman in the video is in fact Mr. Stokes. Based on a video posted on social media identifying this individual as Mr. Stokes, the Department put out a statement simply to clarify MDFR’s stance on this matter, and not as a confirmation of Mr. Stokes participation or the actions of the man shown in this video. We are looking into this matter and will keep you posted of any updates.”
When asked whether Trump listened to the video before retweeting it, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany replied, “He did not hear that particular phrase when he tweeted out the video.”
The commander in chief captioned the retweet, “Thank you to the great people of The Villages. The radical left do nothing Democrats will fall in the fall. Corrupt Joe is shot. See you soon!!!”
Trump deleted the retweet a few hours later.
Joe Biden responded in a tweet, saying, “White supremacy should be rooted out and relegated to the pages of history – not promoted by the president of the United States.”
McEnany went on to say Trump retweeted the video because he wanted to stand with his supporters.
7News has requested Stokes’ MDFR personnel file.
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