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President Trump on Monday lashed out at NASCAR and questioned why Bubba Wallace, the auto racing company’s only Black driver, hasn’t apologized after the highly publicized investigation over a rope found in his garage that, Trump claimed, turned out to be a hoax.
“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 wrote on Twitter Monday morning. “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
Wallace responded with a statement on Twitter to “the next generation and little ones following my footsteps.”
“Your words and actions will always be held to a higher standard than others. You have to be prepared for that,” Wallace wrote.
“Always deal with hate being thrown at you with LOVE! Love over hate every day. Love should come naturally as people are TAUGHT to hate. Even when it’s HATE from POTUS.. Love wins,” he concluded.
— Bubba Wallace (@BubbaWallace) July 6, 2020
The incident last month at the Talladega SuperSpeedway involving the rope in his garage appeared to be the result of a misunderstanding and not an intentional effort to put a noose in his area. Wallace himself had never seen the rope — it was reported by another NASCAR employee.
Wallace was initially defiant over the FBI’s findings, before accepting their determination and saying he was “relieved” the noose-styled rope had not been targeted at him.
Shortly after the FBI’s determination, Wallace told CNN’s Don Lemon the rope was a “straight-up noose” and he had never seen anything like it.
“I’ve been racing all of my life,” Wallace told CNN’s Don Lemon. “We’ve raced out of hundreds of garages that never had garage pulls like that. So people that want to call it a garage pull and put out all the videos and photos of knots being as their evidence, go ahead, but from the evidence that we have – and I have – it’s a straight-up noose.”
The following day, Wallace tweeted a statement of a different tone. “First off, I want to say how relieved I am that the investigation revealed that this wasn’t what we feared it was, I want to thank my team, NASCAR and the FBI for acting swiftly and treating this as a real threat,” Wallace wrote. “I think we’ll gladly take a little embarrassment over what the alternatives could have been,” he added.
— Bubba Wallace (@BubbaWallace) June 24, 2020