UPDATE: A statement from NASCAR: "We are proud to have Bubba Wallace in the NASCAR family and we commend his courage and leadership. NASCAR continues to stand tall with Bubba, our competitors and everyone who makes our sport welcoming and inclusive for all racing fans." -NASCAR
AND: Comments from Bubba Wallace:
— Bubba Wallace (@BubbaWallace) July 6, 2020
From RPM owner Andrew Murstein: pic.twitter.com/4jJFPkL7n2
— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) July 6, 2020
After a weekend spent stoking division, President Donald Trump on Monday went after NASCAR’s only Black driver and criticized its decision to ban the Confederate flag at its races and venues.
Exploiting racial tensions, 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 they had been assigned to. Federal authorities ruled last month that the rope had been hanging there since at least last October and was not a hate crime. Wallace has maintained the rope had been fashioned into a noose.
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
White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany defended the president’s decision to wade into the Wallace case, saying in an interview on Fox News Channel that, "The president’s merely pointing out that we’ve got to let facts come out before we jump to judgment."
While Trump claimed NASCAR’s ratings are down, they are actually up.
— Associated Press —