The lack of respect for people of color is once again on display as the latest target by President Trump is NASCAR’s Bubba Wallace
Most people in America are numb to some of the outrageous statements made by our Commander in Chief. So maybe it wasn’t too much of a surprise when President Trump went at it again on Monday, this time aiming his venom at NASCAR’s Bubba Wallace.
In a tweet at 8:33 a.m., Trump posted the following:
“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!”
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
NO ONE IS SPARED
Time and time again, Trump has attacked immigrants, Muslims, Hispanics, the LGBTQ+ community, and one of his favorite targets, people of color. If anyone with a lick of sense believes this 74-year old isn’t bigoted, then they just haven’t been paying attention the last four years. It started with Mexicans then deteriorated to going after just about everyone.
You have to wonder how many times the Tweeter in Chief tops himself in new lows. He never lets facts get in the way of another political lie to amp up his base. NASCAR released the photo showing the rope found was, in fact, a noose. That is not in dispute. The fact that it was in Wallace’s garage was coincidental, but still concerning nonetheless.
Every stall in every garage at every track NASCAR goes to had been checked, and not one had a noose. Some had ropes attached to garage doors, but none like the one at Talladega Superspeedway.
Another thing that Trump missed was the outpouring of support from a sport where a majority of people are white. But that still didn’t stop him from spreading more hatred.
In a radio interview on Fox News Radio, one of Trump’s closest allies, Lindsey Graham, had this response to his tweet, according to Politics reporter at HuffPost Igor Bobic:
“I don’t think Bubba Wallace has anything to apologize for. You saw the best in NASCAR. They all rallied to Bubba’s side. I would be looking to celebrate that kind of attitude rather than being worried it’s a hoax.”
REACHING HERO STATUS
To many people of color, Wallace is a hero. He went up against one of the most powerful corporations in America, daring them to ban the confederate flag. NASCAR did. When the noose appeared, the now-iconic photo of his No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports car pushed down pit row was a turning point in the industry. It was not something done that would not be forgotten in a matter of days. The support is real, not imagined.
That bothered Trump, seeing white people pushing a car with a black man inside. Trump no longer hides his hatred for people of color, and Wallace was the most recent thing he could rail about in a campaign for reelection. It comes on the heels of his possibly darkest speech since his inaugural. The Mount Rushmore July 4 ‘celebration’ continued his assault on the ever-changing world we see happening. That divisive rhetoric has now reached NASCAR.
Trump’s lack of respect for anyone who does not agree with him has to send a chill up the spine of everyone in this country. He can inflict more damage in the four months leading up to Election Day, and if he loses, which many expect, the two months before he leaves office will be worse than anything America has seen before.
IT WON’T END, BUT IT IS A START
As NASCAR has shown, it is now one voice, and it runs counter to everything Trump stands for. The demonstrations we have seen around America also shows an oneness, filled with every race and religion. He doesn’t like seeing people working toward one goal unless it is those who wouldn’t mind seeing another Civil War. Oh yes, Trump has already used that dog whistle. The flag-waving confederate zealots loved it.
Maker no mistake, the hate will not go away with the end of a Trump presidency. Losing will only make him a martyr in the eyes of his followers. Ending it is a story for a different day, but Americans must not lose focus on the task at hand, to become whole again.
There were many similar incidents before it, but the Geroge Floyd murder was the catalyst for everything that has happened since. Bubba Wallace need not respond nor apologize for being a leader in the fight to regain our souls. He is a hero Mr. Trump, something you will never achieve.
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