The FBI ruled the noose in Bubba Wallace’s NASCAR garage to be an inappropriately-tied pull rope, the fire has been stoked again by none other than President Donald Trump. Trump tweeted Monday morning to ask if Wallace, NASCAR’s sole Black driver in the top-level Cup Series, had apologized to other drivers and race officials for what the president called a “hoax.”
Trump also claimed that NASCAR’s decision to ban the Confederate flag—something Wallace pushed for publicly—gave the sport its “lowest ratings EVER” for Sunday’s Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. To put it plainly, that’s a lie. Several lies, actually. And now Wallace, NASCAR and drivers from around the world of motorsport are fighting back.
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
— NASCAR (@NASCAR) July 6, 2020