July 2020

President Trump Calls Bubba Wallace Noose Controversy a 'Hoax'

In a tweet, Trump wrote that NASCAR's only Black full-time driver should apologize to other racers and officials. 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?, President Trump, via Twitter.Last month, Wallace petitioned NASCAR to issue a venue ban on the Confederate flag.On June 21 at Talladega Superspeedway, a noose was reported to be found in Wallace's garage.A day later, nearly 40 other racers and their crews pushed his car to the front of the racing line.After an investigation, the FBI said that the incident was not a hate crime committed against Wallace.The president added in his tweet that NASCAR now has its "lowest ratings EVER!".Fox Sports' Michael Mulvihill says ratings are up since the sport returned from a coronavirus-induced shutdown.NASCAR viewership on Fox networks is up +8% since returning from its pandemic hiatus on May 17, Michael Mulvihill, via Twitter.In a now-deleted response to Trump, driver Tyler Reddick said Wallace does not owe them an apology.We don't need an apology. We did what was right and we will do just fine without your support, Tyler Reddick, via Twitter.