In a new in depth interview with Esquire, NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace revealed the messages he wanted to send President Donald Trump after the infamous garage pull controversy.
The vocal driver said it was tough to bite his tongue in the aftermath of the president’s comments. Wallace wanted to fire back, and tweet something he may later regret. However, his girlfriend helped convince him otherwise.
“I had four or five tweets that I wanted to send out, that were just like… they were funny. They were awesome,” Wallace explains while laughing, not willing to say specifically what they were. “It would have been stooping down to his level. It would have been showing hate… I sat there and I talked to my girlfriend about it. And while I was typing something out very serious and from the heart, I’d be like, ‘But should I send this one? Like this is what I really wanna do!’ But she’s like, ‘Hell no. Don’t do it, don’t do it at all.'”
Trump Calls Out Bubba Wallace On Twitter
In June, the outspoken driver was caught in a media firestorm after finding what he thought was a noose hanging in his team’s Talladega Superspeedway garage. Wallace advocated for the removal of the Confederate flag from NASCAR races, and received backlash from many in the racing community. Additionally, the FBI stepped in and investigated the case as a possible hate crime. However, they came to the conclusion that the rope was a garage pull that had hung there for months.
Afterward, Wallace received criticism from some unlikely sources including President Donald Trump. The president called out Wallace on Twitter asking if the driver had apologized and said the noose was a “hoax.”
Around six hours after Trump’s tweet, Wallace responded. Although Wallace did not respond directly to Trump, he mentioned the president at the end of his post on Twitter.
“Last thing, always deal with the hate being thrown at you with LOVE! Love over hate every day,” the message read. “Love should come naturally as people are TAUGHT to hate. Even when it’s HATE from the POTUS… Love wins.”
Overnight, Wallace became a symbol for left-leaning politics in NASCAR. However, he is adamant that he has zero interest in being part of a political agenda.
“Instead of relating it to Democrats and the looting and the rioting and the left, I’m like, ‘What the hell are y’all talking about, ‘the left?’ I turn left, is that what you’re talking about?” he says jokingly. “It shows how out of tune I am with politics. It’s just like, chill. Let’s bring it down a notch and just be like ‘hey, we’re just trying to say we’re all equal.”