President Donald Trump is criticizing NASCAR for banning the Confederate flag at its races and is going after its only Black driver.
After a weekend spent stoking division, Trump wrongly accused Bubba Wallace of perpetrating “a hoax” after one of his crew members discovered a rope shaped like a noose in a garage stall. Federal authorities ruled last month that the rope had been hanging there since at least last October and was not a hate crime.
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
Trump asked Monday whether Wallace has “apologized to all of those great NASCAR drivers & officials who came to his aid."
Wallace maintains the rope was fashioned into a noose. NASCAR released a photo of the rope last month and said at the time it showed a noose was found, however the rope had been there since October 2019 and could not have been targeting Wallace.
— Bubba Wallace (@BubbaWallace) June 24, 2020