The most popular news stories of the day:The president of Georgia’s University of Georgia, Robert Price, has apologized for his tweet calling President Donald Trump a “white supremacist” who “threatens our nation.”
In his apology, Price said he was trying to highlight the growing number of tweets targeting white people on social networks.
“This tweet was insensitive and insensitive to the African American community, and to the hundreds of thousands of people across the country who feel the same way,” Price wrote.
“It’s not my intent to offend anyone.
But as a result of my personal and professional failings, I have failed my students and my university, and I have also failed the people of Georgia.”
Georgia was the first state to remove Confederate statues from the state Capitol building in the early 1990s.
The state has since taken steps to remove the statues, which were erected in the 1950s.
Price’s tweet on Thursday morning sparked backlash on Twitter, where some pointed out that he has a history of being an unabashed supporter of President Trump.
“Price was retweeting a photo of him posing with a Trump campaign sign, a picture that’s often used to support President Trump’s agenda,” tweeted The Atlantic’s Adam Gopnik.
“He’s a supporter of Trump, and has a long history of backing Trump.
That’s not a problem.”
The Associated Press’ Sarah Emshwiller contributed to this report.