Bubba Wallace made a statement Monday in response to President Trump, who said earlier in the day that Wallace, NASCAR’s only black full-time driver, should apologize after a sling was found in his garage stand on a speedway in Alabama. In a statement to “the next generation and the little ones who are following my footsteps,” Wallace wrote, “… always deal with the hate that is thrown at you with LOVE! … even if it is POTUS hatred [president of the United States]. ”
The previous Monday, Mr. Trump described the snare incident as “kidding” and asked if Wallace had “apologized to all the great NASCAR drivers and officials who came to his aid, who were by his side and willing to sacrifice everything for him.”
“This & Flag decision caused the lowest ratings ever!” Mr. Trump tweeted and referred to NASCARsto ban the Confederate flag at races.
In response, Wallace spoke to his young fans and said, “You will always have people to test you. See if they can push you off your pedestal. I encourage you to hold your head up and proud of the one you choose Go away. Never let someone say you can’t do anything! “
Then he gave further advice and wrote: “… always deal with the hate that is thrown at you with LOVE! Love over hate every day. Love should of course come as people learn to hate.”
One of Wallace’s crew members discovered that the team’s garage door door pull rope was tied before a race last month. After his discovery, against the background ofagainst police brutality and racial injustice, the FBI and NASCAR in the incident.
Wallace initially called the display a “despicable act of racism and hatred”, while NASCAR said it was “angry and outraged” and came to its defense. In a statement, the organization praised “his courage and leadership” for speaking out.
“NASCAR continues to be high on Bubba, our competitors and everyone who makes our sport inviting and inclusive for all racing fans,” said the racing company.
The FBIThe noose had been in the garage since October 2019 and therefore could not be aimed at Wallace. As a result, they found that no crime had been committed. Both the office and NASCAR described the rope as a noose.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany was pressured several times during Monday’s press conference at the White House to explain why Mr Trump believed Wallace should apologize, especially since it was one of his crew members, not the driver himself found the noose in the garage stand. Wallace was also not the person who reported it.
“The FBI, I noticed, concluded that this is not a hate crime, and he believes it would go a long way if Bubba came out and acknowledged it,” said McEnany.
But immediately after the FBI revealed its results, Wallace made a statement “relieved” that the probe “revealed that this was not what we feared” and thanked NASCAR and the FBI for that they took the episode seriously.
NASCAR President Steve Phelps also rejected the idea that the discovery was part of a “joke” and said that Wallace and his team “had nothing to do with it”.
Despite this, McEnany refused to accept Mr. Trump’s position, saying instead that the president warned the press of the “rush to judgment” that a hate crime had been committed. She also said the president made “no judgment in one way or another” about NASCAR’s ban on showing the Confederate flag.
“The whole point of the tweet was to note the incident, the alleged hate crime that was actually not a hate crime,” she said. “At the very end, the flag ban was mentioned in the broader context of the fact that he rejects the notion that some NASCAR men and women who go to these sporting events were racist.”