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Trump tweets far-right conspiracy that the Bubba Wallace noose was a ‘hoax’

While it wasn't called a hate crime, it was real.

Jul 6, 2020, 2:21 pm*

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President Donald Trump suggested that the noose that NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace found was a ‘hoax’ on Monday.

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Wallace, the only Black driver for NASCAR, found what appeared to be a noose in the Talladega Superspeedway garage in Lincoln, Alabama. It came less than two weeks after the league issued a ban on Confederate flags and as the Black Lives Matter protests exploded across America.

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After Wallace released a statement, far-right trolls called the incident a hoax. Now, the president is chiming in.

“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!” Trump tweeted.

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The capitalized ‘Flag’ Trump refers to in his tweet is the Confederate flag.

Trump is among many in the far-right to undermine Wallace. Trolls compared Wallace to actor Jussie Smollett, who set up a hate crime against himself in 2019.

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The FBI also sided against Wallace and determined the incident was not a hate crime. NASCAR shared the findings on its Twitter page.

“The FBI report concludes, and photographic evidence confirms, that the garage door pull rope fashioned like a noose had been positioned there since as early as last fall,” NASCAR tweeted.

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Wallace maintains that the rope was a noose.

“Whether someone tied it in 2019 … It wasn’t directed at me,” Wallace told CNN in an interview, “but it was a noose.”

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Wallace responded to Trump on Twitter, saying “To the next generations and the little ones following my foot steps.. #Lovewins.”

This story has been updated to include Wallace’s statement.

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*First Published: Jul 6, 2020, 12:30 pm