President Donald Trump called out driver Bubba Wallace on Monday, alleging that a noose found in his garage at Talladega Superspeedway last month was a hoax and questioning NASCAR’s decision to ban the Confederate flag from the sport.
Trump tweeted: “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!”
Wallace responded with a statement Monday afternoon in which he wrote: “Love over hate every day. Love should come naturally as people are TAUGHT to hate. Even when it’s HATE from the POTUS.”
— Bubba Wallace (@BubbaWallace) July 6, 2020
Tyler Reddick, who drives the No. 8 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing, responded that he and other drivers don’t need an apology.
“We don’t need an apology. We did what was right and we will do just fine without your support,” he tweeted, before later deleting the tweet.
White House press secretary 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.”
In a statement, NASCAR said it is “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.”
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