President Donald Trump on Monday criticized Nascar for banning the Confederate flag at its races and attacked driver Bubba Wallace, about two weeks after an investigation found that a rope resembling a noose hanging in his garage had been there since October.
Trump in a tweet asked if Wallace, who is Black, had apologized for what the president called a “hoax,” referring to the noose incident. The discovery of the rope had been reported by team members and advanced by the Nascar organization. Federal ities said June 23 that Wallace had not been targeted, and no charges would be filed.
Wallace pushed the stock car series to ban the Confederate flag at its venues. There has been criticism of the ban by some longtime fans, and Trump on Monday said the ban contributed to the “lowest ratings EVER!”
In a tweet on Monday, Wallace said “Always deal with the hate being thrown at you with LOVE!... Even when it’s HATE from the POTUS.”
In its statement on banning the flag, Nascar said it “runs contrary to our commitment to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all fans, our competitors and our industry.”
The Associated Press contributed to this story.