Trump Goes After Bubba Wallace, NASCAR Over Noose ‘Hoax’

President Trump on Monday hammered driver Bubba Wallace over a fake noose โ€œhoaxโ€ and went after NASCAR for banning the Confederate flag from their events.

Trump made the comments in an early morning tweet to his followers.

โ€œHas [Wallace] apologized to all of those great NASCAR drivers [and] officials who came to his aid, stood by his side, [and] were willing to sacrifice everything for him, only to find out that the whole thing was just another HOAX?โ€ he asked.

The false hate crime and decision to ban the flag โ€œhas caused (the) lowest ratings EVER!โ€ he added.

RELATED: NASCAR Bans Confederate Flag From All Racing Events

The Hoax

While Wallace didnโ€™t report the alleged hate crime himself, unlike Jussie Smollett, he certainly played up reports that a noose had been found in his garage stall.

The FBI investigated the incident and determined it was actually a garage door pulldown that had been there since 2019.

Not coincidentally, Wallace was openly promoting the Black Lives Matter movement when the โ€˜nooseโ€™ report came to light, and fellow drivers offered a show of solidarity with him because well, the systemic racism BLM rants about isnโ€™t nearly as systemic as theyโ€™d like you to think.

Initially, Wallace stood his ground and insisted the rope found in his garage was indeed a noose.

NASCAR subsequently released an image of the same garage pulldown that had been circulating online since 2019, but from a more sinister angle, prompting media outlets to try and regenerate the hate crime all over again.

To his credit, Wallace later issued a statement saying, โ€œI think weโ€™ll gladly take a little embarrassment over what the alternatives could have been.โ€

RELATED: Trump Slams NYC Black Lives Matter Mural As Symbol Of Hate

Backlash

Fellow NASCAR driver Tyler Reddick responded to Trumpโ€™s comments, defending Wallace and his sport without ever noting the incident was indeed a false hate crime report.

โ€œWe donโ€™t need an apology,โ€ he tweeted. โ€œWe did what was right and we will do just fine without your support.โ€

Senator Lindsey Graham chimed in telling Fox News he โ€œ(doesnโ€™t) think Bubba Wallace has anything to apologize for.โ€

โ€œYou saw the best in NASCAR,โ€ he continued. โ€œWhen there was a chance that it was a threat against Bubba Wallace, they all rallied to Bubbaโ€™s side, so I would be looking to celebrate that kind of attitude more than being worried about it being a hoax.โ€

Trumpโ€™s tweet, though, was more about making a point regarding hate symbols and jumping to conclusions.

โ€œThe presidentโ€™s merely pointing out that weโ€™ve got to let facts come out before we rush to judgment, and there was no hate crime committed against Bubba Wallace as determined by the FBI,โ€ White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany explained.

Last week, the President insisted a mural supporting the Black Lives Matter organization amounted to a โ€œsymbol of hate,โ€ while Dr. Ben Carson noted conversely that the outrage would be wide-ranging if it were a Confederate flag being painted instead.



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