Mr. President, Be Best!

 

President Trump’s poorly aimed Tweet early Monday morning diminished a weekend worth of public goodwill. He must, for the first time, apologize. He must apologize or lose all. This ain’t 12-dimensional chess, and this isn’t 2016, as he recognized in his speeches this past weekend. Now he needs to Be Best! He was right to tweet against NASCAR, but erred badly in naming the only black driver in the top racing circuit rather than the Suits in the NASCAR boardroom. He needs to make this right before the week is out, and could win bigly in so doing.

Here are some of President Trump’s great words from Saturday’s Salute to America:

The more you lie, the more you slander, the more you try to demean and divide, the more we will work hard to tell the truth. And we will win. (Applause.) The more you lie and demean and collude, the more credibility you lose. We want to bring the country together, and a free and open media will make this task a very easy one. Our country will be united. After all, what do we want? We want a strong military, great education, housing, low taxes, law and order. We want safety, we want equal justice, we want religious liberty, we want faith and family, and living in a great communities and happy communities and safe communities. And we want great jobs and we want to be respected by the rest of the world; not taken advantage of by the rest of the world, which has gone on for decade after decade. We should all want the same thing. How can it be any different than those things?

The more bitter you become, the more we will appeal to love and patriotism, and the more we will rise above your hate to build a better future for every child in our great country.

Here is a passage from President Trump’s remarks at Mount Rushmore:

THE PRESIDENT: One of their political weapons is “Cancel Culture” — driving people from their jobs, shaming dissenters, and demanding total submission from anyone who disagrees. This is the very definition of totalitarianism, and it is completely alien to our culture and our values, and it has absolutely no place in the United States of America. (Applause.) This attack on our liberty, our magnificent liberty, must be stopped, and it will be stopped very quickly. We will expose this dangerous movement, protect our nation’s children, end this radical assault, and preserve our beloved American way of life. (Applause.)

In our schools, our newsrooms, even our corporate boardrooms, there is a new far-left fascism that demands absolute allegiance. If you do not speak its language, perform its rituals, recite its mantras, and follow its commandments, then you will be censored, banished, blacklisted, persecuted, and punished. It’s not going to happen to us. (Applause.)

Make no mistake: this left-wing cultural revolution is designed to overthrow the American Revolution. In so doing, they would destroy the very civilization that rescued billions from poverty, disease, violence, and hunger, and that lifted humanity to new heights of achievement, discovery, and progress.

To make this possible, they are determined to tear down every statue, symbol, and memory of our national heritage.

These are genuinely Trumpian words and thoughts, just as the Berlin Wall speech was Reagan through and through. Peter Robinson was not a puppet master putting great words in the mouth of a B-list actor. Whoever wrote the Rushmore and Salute to America speeches fed off of the energy and ideas of the man, Donald J. Trump. Any honest observer who bothers to scan back over the decades will find the man consistently holding a fundamental love for America and an outrage against the shame of forgotten Americans of every hue being neglected and done wrong by politicians. It was Donald J. Trump, not Reagan or the Bushes, who formally asked for the votes of African Americans and proposed a specific set of policies, a New Deal for Black America, in 2016.

So, early Monday morning, it was entirely appropriate for the president to go on offense against a corporate target that had peddled the hoax of white supremacy in its fans and even in its employees. NASCAR had the internal knowledge to instantly confirm or deny the “hate crime” story they themselves created. Bubba Wallace should be understood at being used, misled, by the NASCAR suits who were looking to deflect heat from their unpopular ban of the rebel flag, a flag long associated with the regional outlaw origins of the sport, moonshine runners who souped up “stock” cars to both carry a large liquid load and evade the law with speed and handling. Instead, President Trump misaimed:

This let Bubba Wallace throw the president’s words back in his face. I take the ratings claim as true. A tweet may be both true and politically self-defeating. Grant that Bubba Wallace is complicit and happy to ride the political corporate wave. Grant that the Hodge Twins are entirely on target. Bubba Wallace’s pinned tweet from 2017 points out his singular status within the first ranks of NASCAR:

So, President Trump named the only black driver and said he was the one who needed to apologize. This is a complete loser tweet. Kayleigh McEnany turned this lemon into lemonade with the unwitting help of the White House press jackals, but President Trump cannot afford to be burning bridges to the very black and independent voters he seeks in his tough reelection fight. Bubba Wallace and the NASCAR Suits happily assumed the moral high ground, turning the president’s fine words from Saturday back on him:

Bubbawallace

Bubba Wallace is no Colin Kaepernick. First, Kaepernick was no pioneer, no standout. The hard work of breaking down NFL racism was done by other men who proved that black men had the brains and leadership to be winning quarterbacks. Second, Wallace is not wearing gear depicting police as pigs or posturing while cut from the racing circuit. No, he has not won yet, like Danica Patrick, but he is a serious competitor. The culture war issue rests in the corporate head shed, not in a young athlete losing his way in his sport. So, President Trump misjudged if he thought success lay in targeting a player, however his press secretary tried to explain the written words.

Yes, the White House press corps was unhinged. Yes, they fell into the trap laid over the past three weeks by Kayleigh McEnany. After Kayleigh McEnany ripped them a new one, CBS News reported on the other black lives, the inconvenient deaths on our Democrat-ruled city streets. Well, they give it two minutes:

Over the Fourth of July weekend, cities across the country saw widespread outbursts of violence. Dozens of people were shot, and at least five children died. Mark Strassmann reports.

ABC News gave it 3:49 on their Monday evening broadcast:

Retired NYPD official Robert Boyce said police morale is already low and defunding the police is “counterintuitive.”
https://youtu.be/dloYpEUi9gM

So, now we have the beginning of an acknowledgment of the carnage on our streets, thanks to the president and to his press secretary. What President Trump must do to clean up and go on to win is make a move towards a daring young man and pivot against the corporate Suits. He should tweet a simple apology along the lines of:

I said it wrong: @BubbaWallace has nothing to apologize for. NASCAR corporate bosses do. It should not have taken days and FBI resources.

NASCAR bosses had the security video and control of all employees. Should have solved the mystery and reassured their great young driver @BubbaWallace on Day One.

My apologies to @BubbaWallace and nothing but wishes of success in his racing career. I invite him and other athletes to join in a “Cease Fire” campaign for our great cities.

The president should then start turning corporate posturing and support for a Marxist front group into support for communities burned down and riddled with bullets. He should launch a “Cease Fire” public campaign for our cities. Ask Jim Brown to lead it.

To prevent future misfires, President Trump should take words from his speech, and his wife’s words, and make them his smartphone wallpaper:

Appeal to love and patriotism

Rise above their hate

Build a better future

Be Best!

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  1. Jim McConnell Member
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    lowtech redneck (View Comment):

    brad2971 (View Comment):

    Gary McVey (View Comment):

    I wish to God that in some ideal universe the President could see this and respond in the manner CAB respectfully suggests. Clifford A. Brown has the president’s interests at heart, he’s right.

    IDK. Whenever I see CAB give suggestion regarding Trump or any other Republican, I see Ralph Wiggum proclaim how “I’m Helping!”

    That seems uncalled for; I do not remember seeing any disrespect, explicit or implied, offered by Clifford toward those who disagree with his editorials, and he should receive the same courtesy.

    Exactly. Thank you, @lowtech-redneck, for saying what I was thinking.

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  2. MichaelKennedy Inactive
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    lowtech redneck (View Comment):
    Edit: I do agree that it would have been wiser to direct his attack at NASCAR officials, if only for the optics of the situation, but apologizing would do more harm than good.

    Agreed.  Lots of NT Trump concern trolling but probably misdirected

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  3. MichaelKennedy Inactive
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    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):
    According to this article, once it was determined that the so-called noose had nothing to do with Watson, he said: “Whether it was tied in 2019 or whenever, it was a noose. It wasn’t directed at me but somebody tied a noose.”

    There are two versions of “the noose.”  I saw the original photo and the loop was a bowline, a knot I have tied a thousand times.  Recently, I saw another photo and this time the loop was gone and a real noose, not of white clothesline as the original was, but hemp and formed as a real noose.

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  4. DrewInWisconsin Doesn't Care Member
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    MichaelKennedy (View Comment):

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):
    According to this article, once it was determined that the so-called noose had nothing to do with Watson, he said: “Whether it was tied in 2019 or whenever, it was a noose. It wasn’t directed at me but somebody tied a noose.”

    There are two versions of “the noose.” I saw the original photo and the loop was a bowline, a knot I have tied a thousand times. Recently, I saw another photo and this time the loop was gone and a real noose, not of white clothesline as the original was, but hemp and formed as a real noose.

    That second one was provided by NASCAR. I’ve never seen the actual FBI photos of the “crime scene.” So, consider me suspicious of NASCAR.

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  5. cdor Member
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    Who knows why Trump does some of the things he does. I often wonder as I watch him fly around all over the place and attend this meeting or that, constantly involved in his job, how does he have time to get in twitter fights with nobodies? And why does he get in a twitter fight with a nobody? He could say everything he wanted to say about a particular person in a particular incident without ever mentioning that person by name and everyone would know exactly who he was tweeting about and why. I do it all the time right here on Ricochet. I understand that Trump may feel a certain patriarchy towards Nascar fans as predominantly his supporters. That’s great! So just say that in a tweet. “I support the loyal and patriotic fans of Nascar and am glad it was proven, as I always knew it would be, that racism is not an issue with these great people. It’s a shame that such a simple thing can get blown out of proportion and cause so much unneeded stress.” Or something to that effect. Bam, slap, thud…match over, move on. Good post @cliffordbrown.

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  6. Goldwaterwoman Thatcher
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    Susan Quinn (View Comment):
    He didn’t find the noose, someone else did, and NASCAR reported it to the police. Meanwhile, Bubba had not seen it. When he found out it was just a rope, not a noose, he apologized for the mess.

    I don’t get what this is about as I don’t follow NASCAR and have never heard of any of these people so don’t quite understood what all the commotion is about. As far as a noose in the garage goes, I have one in mine. It’s used to lift the garage door if the electricity goes out during a storm. What’s the big deal?

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  7. cdor Member
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    Goldwaterwoman (View Comment):
    As far as a noose in the garage goes, I have one in mine.

    Don’t EVER say that in public @goldwaterwoman. All of your friends will ostracize you and you will lose your prestigious corner office at work. Doncha know?

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  8. Goldwaterwoman Thatcher
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    cdor (View Comment):
    Don’t EVER say that in public @goldwaterwoman. All of your friends will ostracize you and you will lose your prestigious corner office at work. Doncha know?

    Color me stupid, but I still don’t understand. Don’t all electric garages have a rope or a chain up near the mechanism that lifts the garage door available to use if the motor is unavailable? How is that racist?

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  9. cdor Member
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    Goldwaterwoman (View Comment):

    cdor (View Comment):
    Don’t EVER say that in public @goldwaterwoman. All of your friends will ostracize you and you will lose your prestigious corner office at work. Doncha know?

    Color me stupid, but I still don’t understand. Don’t all electric garages have a rope or a chain up near the mechanism that lifts the garage door available to use if the motor is unavailable? How is that racist?

    It’s not. That’s the point. I was just joking with you. However, in this situation the rope was tied in such a way that it looked exactly like one would imagine a noose to look. Some question whether that noose-looking rope was actually there, or whether it was just a length of rope tied in a loop at the bottom to make a handle for easier grabbing. The driver at the forefront of this story never actually saw the rope himself. He was told about it by one of his mechanics. It is difficult to keep up with all the victims these days.

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  10. Ontheleftcoast Member
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    As usual, Conservative Tree House is on the case. 

    BLUF:

    It wasn’t a noose*, it was a hand loop to help make closing the garage door easier; and it wasn’t put there for Bubba Wallace, because it was there in November 2019.

    Additionally, in November of 2019 no-one would know what garage bay would be assigned to Bubba Wallace in June of 2020.  It’s absolutely ridiculous to see this as targeted hate.

    That’s it.

    100% proof positive evidence of the situation.

    Now, the questions remain:

    (1) Was this incident purposefully misconstrued as a “hanging noose” to drum up racial controversy by Bubba Wallace’s NASCAR team?

    (2) And was that intentional mistake made exponentially worse, purposefully, by NASCAR going public and orchestrating a ridiculous PR campaign around it?

    (3) Were all those involved pulling off a demonstrable hoax in an effort to politicize and capitalize on a controversy?  With full forethought and selfish intent?

    (4) Or was this some big, stupid, oversensitive misunderstanding?

    Meaning a loop that closes when the rope is pulled or a weight is hanging from the loop. As opposed to a knot tied (perhaps with extra turns to help it hang down) with a loop that cannot close, because you don’t want it to since you’re repeatedly pulling on the loop.

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  11. Duane Oyen Member
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    Forget it, Cliff.  Unfortunately, because he is a 9 year old boy, Trump is utterly incapable of the discipline required to think through the easily foreseeable consequences of his words or actions.  Everything is about immediate emotional gratification.

    Sadly, he can make a great speech like the Mt. Rushmore event, then undo every bit of it with one asinine tweet.  That is why a senile mediocrity serial plagiarizer like Biden is likely to eat Trump’s lunch (to the severe detriment of all that is good), media bias or none.

    We had a similar experience in Minnesota with Gov. Jesse Ventura.  After 4 years, everyone was eager to end the circus.

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  12. Goldwaterwoman Thatcher
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    cdor (View Comment):
    It’s not. That’s the point. I was just joking with you. However, in this situation the rope was tied in such a way that it looked exactly like one would imagine a noose to look. Some question whether that noose-looking rope was actually there, or whether it was just a length of rope tied in a loop at the bottom to make a handle for easier grabbing. The driver at the forefront of this story never actually saw the rope himself. He was told about it by one of his mechanics. It is difficult to keep up with all the victims these days.

    It seems to be that this is much ado about nothing. 

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  13. MichaelKennedy Inactive
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    Ontheleftcoast (View Comment):

    As usual, Conservative Tree House is on the case.

    BLUF:

    It wasn’t a noose*, it was a hand loop to help make closing the garage door easier; and it wasn’t put there for Bubba Wallace, because it was there in November 2019.

    Additionally, in November of 2019 no-one would know what garage bay would be assigned to Bubba Wallace in June of 2020. It’s absolutely ridiculous to see this as targeted hate.

    That’s it.

    100% proof positive evidence of the situation.

    Now, the questions remain:

    (1) Was this incident purposefully misconstrued as a “hanging noose” to drum up racial controversy by Bubba Wallace’s NASCAR team?

    (2) And was that intentional mistake made exponentially worse, purposefully, by NASCAR going public and orchestrating a ridiculous PR campaign around it?

    (3) Were all those involved pulling off a demonstrable hoax in an effort to politicize and capitalize on a controversy? With full forethought and selfish intent?

    (4) Or was this some big, stupid, oversensitive misunderstanding?

    Meaning a loop that closes when the rope is pulled or a weight is hanging from the loop. As opposed to a knot tied (perhaps with extra turns to help it hang down) with a loop that cannot close, because you don’t want it to since you’re repeatedly pulling on the loop.

    The original photo of the loop in the pull down rope is almost gone. I found one blurry version.

    The photo on the right shows the loop cut off.  The left is hard to see and clearer versions are now gone.

    This is now the version that is everywhere and is NOT the original loop

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  14. MichaelKennedy Inactive
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    Duane Oyen (View Comment):

    Forget it, Cliff. Unfortunately, because he is a 9 year old boy, Trump is utterly incapable of the discipline required to think through the easily foreseeable consequences of his words or actions. Everything is about immediate emotional gratification.

    Sadly, he can make a great speech like the Mt. Rushmore event, then undo every bit of it with one asinine tweet. That is why a senile mediocrity serial plagiarizer like Biden is likely to eat Trump’s lunch (to the severe detriment of all that is good), media bias or none.

    We had a similar experience in Minnesota with Gov. Jesse Ventura. After 4 years, everyone was eager to end the circus.

    Sounds like a moderate case of NT to me.

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  15. Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Demo… Thatcher
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    MichaelKennedy (View Comment):

    Duane Oyen (View Comment):

    Forget it, Cliff. Unfortunately, because he is a 9 year old boy, Trump is utterly incapable of the discipline required to think through the easily foreseeable consequences of his words or actions. Everything is about immediate emotional gratification.

    Sadly, he can make a great speech like the Mt. Rushmore event, then undo every bit of it with one asinine tweet. That is why a senile mediocrity serial plagiarizer like Biden is likely to eat Trump’s lunch (to the severe detriment of all that is good), media bias or none.

    We had a similar experience in Minnesota with Gov. Jesse Ventura. After 4 years, everyone was eager to end the circus.

    Sounds like a moderate case of NT to me.

    I agree with Duane and I’m voting for Trump.  Most people are not ideologues and most don’t follow politics closely.  People who are much closer to Trump on policy than to the D’s will not vote for him simply because they can’t stand him and the chaos he creates around him.  I’m now running into more and more who voted for him last time around but are totally fed up with his act.  It’s frustrating as I try to convince people to support him.  I hope he pulls it out.  But every event like this just makes it harder.

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  16. HeavyWater Inactive
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    MichaelKennedy (View Comment):

    Duane Oyen (View Comment):

    Forget it, Cliff. Unfortunately, because he is a 9 year old boy, Trump is utterly incapable of the discipline required to think through the easily foreseeable consequences of his words or actions. Everything is about immediate emotional gratification.

    Sadly, he can make a great speech like the Mt. Rushmore event, then undo every bit of it with one asinine tweet. That is why a senile mediocrity serial plagiarizer like Biden is likely to eat Trump’s lunch (to the severe detriment of all that is good), media bias or none.

    We had a similar experience in Minnesota with Gov. Jesse Ventura. After 4 years, everyone was eager to end the circus.

    Sounds like a moderate case of NT to me.

    Or a significant case of sober thinking.  Trump is his own worst enemy.  

     

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  17. Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Demo… Thatcher
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    HeavyWater (View Comment):

    MichaelKennedy (View Comment):

    Duane Oyen (View Comment):

    Forget it, Cliff. Unfortunately, because he is a 9 year old boy, Trump is utterly incapable of the discipline required to think through the easily foreseeable consequences of his words or actions. Everything is about immediate emotional gratification.

    Sadly, he can make a great speech like the Mt. Rushmore event, then undo every bit of it with one asinine tweet. That is why a senile mediocrity serial plagiarizer like Biden is likely to eat Trump’s lunch (to the severe detriment of all that is good), media bias or none.

    We had a similar experience in Minnesota with Gov. Jesse Ventura. After 4 years, everyone was eager to end the circus.

    Sounds like a moderate case of NT to me.

    Or a significant case of sober thinking. Trump is his own worst enemy.

    My only hope is that the Democrats will prove to be their own worst enemies as they have often done in the past.

     

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  18. Flicker Coolidge
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    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Stina (View Comment):
    Isn’t this the guy who thought his own peers put a noose in his garage? Called the police to investigate it and everything?

    He didn’t find the noose, someone else did, and NASCAR reported it to the police. Meanwhile, Bubba had not seen it. When he found out it was just a rope, not a noose, he apologized for the mess.

    I’m not sure that was an apology.  It sounded to me more like a fake-but-accurate claim.  Maybe I didn’t hear it right.

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  19. Flicker Coolidge
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    lowtech redneck (View Comment):

    Sisyphus (hears Xi laughing) (View Comment):

    Clifford A. Brown:

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):
    He didn’t find the noose, someone else did, and NASCAR reported it to the police. Meanwhile, Bubba had not seen it. When he found out it was just a rope, not a noose, he apologized for the mess.

    So Bubba has apologized and Trump should acknowledge that and maybe invite Bubba for a beer.

    It seemed more of a non-apology, especially coming after his appearance on the Don Lemon show in the wake of 15(!) FBI agents telling NASCAR that they wasted their time. The real thing he should be apologizing for is insulting the NASCAR fanbase and promoting an Orwellian Marxist hate group (there are a lot more racists flying that logo than appropriating the Confederate flag).

    It might not have been politically advantageous, but it did send a message that he wasn’t going to sacrifice millions of Southerners to a woke mob because its the easy thing to do, or because he shared the Progressive disdain for them.

    Edit: I do agree that it would have been wiser to direct his attack at NASCAR officials, if only for the optics of the situation, but apologizing would do more harm than good.

    Didn’t he say in essence, It was true, but now I see it wasn’t true, but the spirit of it is true and exists today, and so, yes, it’s true.

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  20. Flicker Coolidge
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    DrewInWisconsin Doesn't C… (View Comment):

    I remain convinced that Steve(?) Phelps, the President of NASCAR, created this whole sideshow to draw attention to how “woke” NASCAR is. He was the one who went to Wallace personally to give him the terrible news of the “noose” — that had been there for at least seven months already. Was he not aware that all the garages had such “nooses”? Did he not know that it had been there since October? We know that Wallace had never been in the garage. I can’t imagine that Phelps goes out to tour through the garages. Which means that someone else with access to the garages had to see the “noose,” believe it was somehow unique to this particular garage (which, if you’ve seen video of the garages seems unlikely) and then go to Phelps to inform him.

    I think Phelps did all this for publicity. It’s the only way this makes sense at all.

    Conspiracy theory, eh?  You something’s wrong when a conspiracy theory makes the most sense.

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  21. MichaelKennedy Inactive
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    I agree the tweet was not Trump’s best move.  It would have been better to go after NASCAR who I think were pandering mightily.

    On the other hand, I am aware of about 63 million people who are ready to crawl over broken glass to vote for Trump.

    All these “conservatives” who are going to vote for Biden out of disgust with Trump’s tweets are rare on the ground and mostly products of imagination.

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  22. Instugator Thatcher
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    Susan Quinn (View Comment):
    When he found out it was just a rope, not a noose, he apologized for the mess.

    Not quite. First he went on Don Lemon to double down.

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  23. DrewInWisconsin Doesn't Care Member
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    Instugator (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):
    When he found out it was just a rope, not a noose, he apologized for the mess.

    Not quite. First he went on Don Lemon to double down.

    Don Lemon is an awful person. Also guilty of sexual assault.

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  24. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
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    DrewInWisconsin Doesn't C… (View Comment):

    I remain convinced that Steve(?) Phelps, the President of NASCAR, created this whole sideshow to draw attention to how “woke” NASCAR is. He was the one who went to Wallace personally to give him the terrible news of the “noose” — that had been there for at least seven months already. Was he not aware that all the garages had such “nooses”? Did he not know that it had been there since October? We know that Wallace had never been in the garage. I can’t imagine that Phelps goes out to tour through the garages. Which means that someone else with access to the garages had to see the “noose,” believe it was somehow unique to this particular garage (which, if you’ve seen video of the garages seems unlikely) and then go to Phelps to inform him.

    I think Phelps did all this for publicity. It’s the only way this makes sense at all.

    I do not think this is wild speculation. I think the Suits did need a distraction and justification as they got fan blowback on the Confederate battle flag ban.

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  25. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
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    Columbo (View Comment):

    Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Demo… (View Comment):
    This was what Bubba tweeted on June 28. I’ll add the issue is not Bubba, it’s why does Trump keep stepping on his own message?

    https://twitter.com/BubbaWallace/status/1280208949749460999

    why does Trump keep stepping on his own message?

    Your greatest strength can be your greatest weakness at times. Humanity is flawed.

    We have tragic heroes. 

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  27. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
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    Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Demo… (View Comment):

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Demo… (View Comment):
    This was what Bubba tweeted on June 28. I’ll add the issue is not Bubba, it’s why does Trump keep stepping on his own message?

    Oops – wrong link – try this one

    Thank you for finding this.

    I think that it confirms my prior impression. This was not an apology, and not an admission of overreaction, in my view. To the contrary, he thanks people for treating a hyperbolic overreaction “as a real threat.”

    I do not think that NASCAR has made the sport more welcoming. I think that it has beaten an anti-white racist drum, treating its fans specifically — and all white people generally — as deplorables. That is the message that I received.

    It does not matter much in my case, as I am not a NASCAR fan. I am just mildly annoyed that the Wokeists seem to have taken over what used to be one of the most patriotic sports.

    I also don’t like the attacks on the confederate flag. I’m not a fan of the Confederacy, and am glad that they were crushed by the Union. I can understand how some could find the flag offensive, but I don’t take it that way, because I associate it with the Dukes of Hazzard.

    The second one is what he posted about the incident. The first one I posted was n

      

    Image

    The first one was what he sent in response to the President’s tweet about him.

    ot.

    Yes. And. NASCAR had all the evidence and has corporate security. They could have reviewed the security camera footage and come to the correct conclusion in a matter of hours on the first day, but that would have deprived the Suits of a bit of woke public theater.

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  28. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
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    MichaelKennedy (View Comment):

    Ontheleftcoast (View Comment):

    As usual, Conservative Tree House is on the case.

    BLUF:

    It wasn’t a noose*, it was a hand loop to help make closing the garage door easier; and it wasn’t put there for Bubba Wallace, because it was there in November 2019.

    Additionally, in November of 2019 no-one would know what garage bay would be assigned to Bubba Wallace in June of 2020. It’s absolutely ridiculous to see this as targeted hate.

    That’s it.

    100% proof positive evidence of the situation.

    Now, the questions remain:

    (1) Was this incident purposefully misconstrued as a “hanging noose” to drum up racial controversy by Bubba Wallace’s NASCAR team?

    (2) And was that intentional mistake made exponentially worse, purposefully, by NASCAR going public and orchestrating a ridiculous PR campaign around it?

    (3) Were all those involved pulling off a demonstrable hoax in an effort to politicize and capitalize on a controversy? With full forethought and selfish intent?

    (4) Or was this some big, stupid, oversensitive misunderstanding?

    Meaning a loop that closes when the rope is pulled or a weight is hanging from the loop. As opposed to a knot tied (perhaps with extra turns to help it hang down) with a loop that cannot close, because you don’t want it to since you’re repeatedly pulling on the loop.

    The original photo of the loop in the pull down rope is almost gone. I found one blurry version.

    The photo on the right shows the loop cut off. The left is hard to see and clearer versions are now gone.

    This is now the version that is everywhere and is NOT the original loop

    Actually, that is like the original loop, if you look very closely. From outside, top left photo, you see the loose end pointing left, from the inside, bottom left, it points right. It could not be an actual hangman’s knot, as that would slide shut and pinch your hand as you pulled on it to close the door. It has the form, not the function. 

    The knot here is a uni-knot, visually the same as a hangman’s knot but a non-slip knot.

    The Uni Knot was invented by Norman Duncan and is also known as the Duncan Knot. It was also published later under the name Uni Knot by the outdoor writer Vic Dunaway as being a versatile knot that can have many applications. It is also known as a Grinner Knot and has the same appearance as a Hangman’s Noose although it is different internally.

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  29. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
    Clifford A. Brown
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    MichaelKennedy (View Comment):

    I agree the tweet was not Trump’s best move. It would have been better to go after NASCAR who I think were pandering mightily.

    On the other hand, I am aware of about 63 million people who are ready to crawl over broken glass to vote for Trump.

    All these “conservatives” who are going to vote for Biden out of disgust with Trump’s tweets are rare on the ground and mostly products of imagination.

    My father shares that their WSJ deliver man is a black man who, unsolicited called out to Dad “We gotta put Trump back in office!” This is in the “woke” part of Washington state.

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  30. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
    Clifford A. Brown
    @CliffordBrown

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    Watson could have done the right thing. He could have said that there was an overreaction, including by him. He did not. I think that the President is correct in calling him out.

     

    Bubba Watson is a junior member of a large organization. That organization has gone left, like most corporations. He also faces enormous pressure, as the only black driver in the top division, to “represent” the “correct” views. I think it best to focus on the Suits and give the young driver a way to go the positive direction of a Jim Brown, focussing on reducing violence in the community.

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