*Welp, it looks like Donald Trump is back in full a-hole mode. He has now decided to he wants to put Black NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace and even NASCAR itself on blast.
He’s going after NASCAR for banning the Confederate flag from its races and he’s targeting Wallace a little over two weeks after an investigation into a noose found in his garage stall concluded.
Via Twitter, Trump asked if Wallace had apologized for what he has determined as a “hoax,” referring to an incident in which a noose was reportedly found in the driver’s garage at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama. An investigation later found that a pull rope had been tied into a noose months earlier and that it was not a hateful act targeted at Wallace.
“Has @BubbaWallace apologized to all of those great NASCAR drivers & officials who came to his aid, stood by his side, & were willing to sacrifice everything for him, only to find out that the whole thing was just another HOAX?” Trump tweeted. “That & Flag decision has caused lowest ratings EVER!”
Has @BubbaWallace apologized to all of those great NASCAR drivers & officials who came to his aid, stood by his side, & were willing to sacrifice everything for him, only to find out that the whole thing was just another HOAX? That & Flag decision has caused lowest ratings EVER!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 6, 2020
As we reported, before the investigation wrapped up, other drivers walked alongside Wallace’s car in a show of solidarity. NASCAR has since released photos of the noose, and Wallace expressed appreciation that the sport took the matter seriously.
With the tweet, from seemingly out of nowhere, his comments mark the first time Trump has weighed in on either the noose incident or NASCAR’s decision to ban the Confederate flag.
NASCAR announced in early June that displays of the flag at its events were banned, saying it “runs contrary to our commitment to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all fans, our competitors and our industry.”
Here’s more from The Hill via MSN News:
The announcement came amid nationwide protests over racial injustice in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd.
Trump, who has been an outspoken supporter of NASCAR and attended a race earlier this year, has increasingly dug in on cultural matters in recent weeks as his poll numbers drop.
He spent the Fourth of July weekend delivering a pair of speeches that lionized monuments and statues and decried those who sought to vandalize them or tear them down, and he has threatened to veto a massive defense policy bill over the inclusion of an amendment that would change the names of military installations bearing the names of Confederate leaders.