CNN 6 Jul 2020

McEnany defends Trump tweet on NASCAR and confederate flag


White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany defended President Donald Trump's tweet bemoaning NASCAR's recent decision to ban the Confederate flag from all races and events.
"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.
As the coronavirus pandemic rages across the country, Trump has largely moved on, seeking instead to place focus on his "law and order" message through a series of inflammatory speeches, tweets, and statements defending racist monuments and digging in his opposition to renaming Army bases named for Confederate leaders.
The "Flag decision" in Trump's tweet appears to link NASCAR's decision to remove Confederate flag imagery from all races and events with lower ratings. Last month, amid nationwide protests following the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers NASCAR banned the flag, a racist symbol.

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