Donald Trump might want to get his alternative facts checked.
Monday morning, the president tweeted (three evergreen words) that Bubba Wallace should apologize for his role in the noose situation, which Trump deemed a hoax.
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
“Has @BubbaWallace apologized to all 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?” the Tweet reads. “That & Flag decision has caused lowest ratings EVER!”
(Narrator: It was not a hoax.)
On Fox, @PressSec is asked about the president attacking Bubba Wallace. She claims “what the president is making is a broader point that this rush to judgment on the facts, before the facts, is unacceptable.”
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) July 6, 2020
Aside from the fact that Trump is apparently defending the Confederate flag while condemning NASCAR’s decision to ban it, here are some true, not-alternative facts surrounding NASCAR’s ratings and the Wallace noose situation, explained by SN’s Tadd Haislop:
— NASCAR’s ratings skyrocketed after their banning of the Confederate flag, upwards of about 100 percent.
— The FBI’s investigation revealed that the noose was just that — a noose. Despite it being used as a garage pulldown, the noose was, in fact, a noose. From the FBI’s statement, in which they use the word “noose”:
The FBI learned that garage number 4, where the noose was found, was assigned to Bubba Wallace last week. The investigation also revealed evidence, including authentic video confirmed by NASCAR, that the noose found in garage number 4 was in that garage as early as October 2019. Although the noose is now known to have been in garage number 4 in 2019, nobody could have known Mr. Wallace would be assigned to garage number 4 last week.
— Wallace had not seen the noose, so really, he has no reason to apologize for any of the situation. Wallace’s team, who felt the pull-down (read as: noose) was a direct response to Wallace, immediately reported it to NASCAR. A photo released by NASCAR after the investigation shows, pretty clearly, that door pull-down was tied into a noose.
MORE: The complete facts from the Bubba Wallase noose situation
After the revelation of the noose, NASCAR drivers stood in solidarity with Wallace, helping push his car to the starting grid before their race at Talladega for the GEICO 500. Wallace is the circuit’s only Black American driver.
It’s unsurprising that the word “hoax” has spilled from Trump’s Twitter once again, considering it’s a word he loves to use. Earlier in the year, he referred to the country’s poor response to the coronavirus pandemic as a Democratic-slanted “hoax.” Cases continue to skyrocket across the nation and more than 130,000 people have died from COVID-19 in the United States.
In any case, Trump is off base in calling the situation a “hoax” when it was, at minimum, a big misunderstanding among all parties involved.
With the president’s propensity to want to butt into the sports world, maybe in the future he should stick to politics.