On Jimmy Kimmel Live, Bubba Wallace responded to President Donald Trump
NASCAR Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace recently joined the long list of politicians, actors, comedians, and athletes that have been called out by name by President Donald Trump on Twitter. After initially releasing a statement in response, Wallace addressed the topic once again on Jimmy Kimmel Live!.
President Trump took to Twitter to ask when Wallace would apologize to NASCAR, its drivers, and fans for the investigation into a noose found hanging in his garage at Talladega Superspeedway. The tweet came weeks after the FBI determined a hate crime did not take place and that the noose had been in the garage for months prior to Wallace’s arrival.
This all added up to a hoax in President Trump’s mind. He once again sparked controversy by weighing in on the story while also suggesting that NASCAR made a mistake by banning displays of the Confederate flag at its events. The decision was led by Wallace who has spent years trying to enact the change.
His vocal support of Black Lives Matter, the noose incident, and now President Trump’s tweet have made Wallace a household name. The driver spent Tuesday night speaking with guest host Anthony Anderson on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, sharing his background and even more thoughts on President Trump calling him out:
Bubba Wallace continued to take the high road in response to President Trump
As expected, millions of more people are now familiar with the name Bubba Wallace. Those who don’t follow NASCAR have been eager to learn more about the driver as he continues to demonstrate the type of man he is. Anthony Anderson gave Wallace another chance to do that, covering his nickname and his path in autoracing.
People also tuned in to see how Wallace would respond to President Trump’s tweet. And once again, Wallace took the high road. He didn’t attack the president nor did he seem interested in engaging in a back-and-forth.
Instead, Wallace correctly stated that President Trump did not have the facts straight. Wallace did seem to wonder how these mistakes were possible given how old the story is at this point. But fact-checking has never been part of the president’s social media strategy. The only thing the president did get right, according to Wallace, was that NASCAR officials and races continue to support him.
When asked about that support, Wallace reiterated his gratitude and his message encouraging love and unity. This echoed his original statement in response to the president. It is a far cry from the tone of President Trump’s tweet yet no one seems surprised that this is the case. All it takes is a quick scroll through @realdonaldtrump’s feed for the proof.
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