WASHINGTON — After a weekend spent stoking division, President Donald Trump on Monday went after NASCAR’s solely Black driver and criticized its choice to ban the Confederate flag at its races and venues.
Exploiting racial tensions, Trump wrongly accused Bubba Wallace of perpetrating “a hoax” after certainly one of his crew members found a rope formed like a noose in a storage stall that they had been assigned to. A federal prosecutor and FBI investigators decided final month that the rope had been hanging there since at the very least final October and was not a hate crime, however they stated it was common as a noose, as a picture launched by NASCAR clearly confirmed.
“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 these nice NASCAR drivers & officers who got here to his help, stood by his facet, & had been keen to sacrifice the whole lot for him, solely to search out out that the entire thing was simply one other HOAX? That & Flag choice has precipitated lowest rankings EVER!
— Donald J. Trump (@actualDonaldTrump)
July 6, 2020
The tweet got here after Trump used a pair of Independence Day speeches to dig deeper into America’s divisions by accusing protesters who’ve pushed for racial justice of participating in a “merciless campaign to wipe out our history.” The remarks served as a direct attraction to the Republican president’s political base, together with many disaffected white voters, with lower than 4 months to go earlier than Election Day.
White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany defended the president’s choice to wade into the Wallace case, saying in an interview on Fox News Channel that, “The president’s merely stating that we’ve bought to let information come out earlier than we soar to judgment.”
Wallace, an Alabama native, has taken an energetic position within the push for racial equality. He has worn a shirt saying “I Can’t Breathe,” raced with a Black Lives Matter paint scheme in Virginia and efficiently lobbied for NASCAR’s Confederate flag ban.
For greater than 70 years, the flag was a typical and sophisticated sight at NASCAR races. The collection first tried to ban the Confederate flag 5 years in the past however did nothing to implement the order.
While Trump claimed NASCAR’s rankings are down, they’re truly up.