Doug Jones posts picture of Talladega noose, pushes back on Trump ‘hoax’ tweet
The saga surrounding an alleged noose found weeks ago at Talladega Superspeedway is apparently not over.
The FBI swiftly investigated after NASCAR announced that a noose had been discovered in the garage of Mobile-native Bubba Wallace, the only full-time black driver in NASCAR’s top series.
The investigation revealed the noose had been there since at least October 2019 and that no crime occurred. NASCAR subsequently released a statement explaining that a “garage door pull rope” had been “fashioned like a noose.”
However, speaking to CNN’s Don Lemon the evening after the FBI released their findings, Wallace pushed back on that.
The driver said, “[W]hat was hanging in my garage is not a garage pull.”
“It was a noose,” Wallace added. “Whether tied in 2019 or whatever, it was a noose. So, it wasn’t directed at me but somebody tied a noose. That’s what I’m saying.”
Since that day, Wallace has received criticism by some for his response, and President Donald Trump poured more fuel onto the fire in a Monday tweet. The president also seemed to take a shot at NASCAR for recently banning Confederate flags from its events.
In a tweet of his own later on Monday, U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) responded directly to Trump, additionally sharing a picture provided by NASCAR of the noose found at Talladega.
“The presence of a noose is never a hoax – anytime or anywhere,” Alabama’s junior senator said. “Most Americans are grateful that the NASCAR family rallied in support of Bubba. That wasn’t a hoax either. It’s another step forward – with or without you.”
The presence of a noose is never a hoax – anytime or anywhere. Most Americans are grateful that the NASCAR family rallied in support of Bubba. That wasn’t a hoax either. It’s another step forward – with or without you https://t.co/1ls1vQI3le pic.twitter.com/Pn6PDK1Z4N
— Doug Jones (@DougJones) July 7, 2020
Sean Ross is the editor of Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn