Lindsey Graham: ‘I Don’t Think Bubba Wallace Has Anything to Apologize For’

Lindsey Graham: ‘I Don’t Think Bubba Wallace Has Anything to Apologize For’

NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace on Monday fired back at President Trump for accusing him of not apologizing after a highly publicized investigation over a rope found in his garage supposedly turned out to be a hoax.

In addition to those factual inaccuracies, Trump also incorrectly claimed that NASCAR TV ratings had plummeted after the noose incident and NASCAR's ban of the Confederate flag when they have been up since the sport returned following a brief hiatus.

Wallace released a statement on Twitter Monday afternoon addressing the situation, saying, "Always deal with the hate being thrown at you with LOVE!"

Wallace said in a statement last week he was "relieved" the noose found in his garage was not a hate crime.

After the rope was discovered at the garage Wallace was assigned at the Talladega Superspeedway track, NASCAR officials quickly informed law enforcement officials about the possible hate crime. President Trump has strongly defended the monuments as part of U.S. history.

"The president's merely pointing out that we've got to let facts come out", she told Fox News. He knows that was the only pull rope shaped like a noose in all the NASCAR garages, but he also knows his base doesn't care about facts they just care about fanning the flames.

Not surprisingly, Kayleigh McEnany took the President's side in the argument.

"The idea that Bubba Wallace, who is the only, I think, African American driver was upset by somebody finding a noose in the garage made flawless sense to me".

The noose incident came on the heels of NASCAR announcing it would ban use of the Confederate flag at its properties and events following the urging of Wallace, the tour's only full-time Black driver, who advocated for the sport to ditch the symbol. "You saw the best in NASCAR".

"In hindsight", he added, "we should have - I should have - used the word "alleged" in our statement".

Many in NASCAR's ownership ranks issued comments that echoed Trump's thoughts about protests during the anthem, but Dale Earnhardt Jr. - one of NASCAR's most popular drivers - tweeted a quote from President John F. Kennedy about what censoring peaceful protests could do to a democracy. Bubba has reacted in a truthful, professional, level headed and positive manner. "With similar emotion, others across our industry and our media stood up to defend the NASCAR family. We did what was right and we will do just fine without your support", Reddick said in the tweet.

Most recently for Fox Sports, the Pocono Cup race drew 2.66 million total viewers (excluding the weather delay), up 11 percent from its broadcast of the same event last summer.

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