President Donald Trump has lately acted like it’s his life mission to defend the legacy of the Confederacy. He’s gone on a just about never-ending tirade against those who have advocated for the removal of monuments to the Confederacy, and this Monday morning, he complained that NASCAR had decided to ban the display of the Confederate flag at its racetracks. Why on earth is the president of the United States so concerned with protecting the flag of an army that fought against the United States government on behalf of violent racism? The anti-Trump Republican group known as The Lincoln Project responded to Trump’s defense of the Confederate flag by posting a video ad they recently released outlining the flag’s connection to “treason” and the Confederates’ attempt to enact the “death of the United States.”
In the Lincoln Project ad, a narrator states, alongside an image of the Confederate flag:
‘The men who followed this flag 150 years ago knew what it meant: treason against their country. The death of the United States. America defeated the men who followed that flag. Those with honor surrendered and cast it aside forever. So why does it keep showing up today at events supporting Donald Trump, and why does he call the folks who carry it very fine people?’
Check it out below:
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) July 6, 2020
In the original tweet to which The Lincoln Project was responding, Trump didn’t even just complain about the ban on displaying the Confederate flag. He also insisted that NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace, who faced an apparent noose had been hung in his car’s stall, should apologize for ever bringing the issue up — although Wallace didn’t even report the rope! It was NASCAR officials who brought the issue into the open. An investigation eventually determined that the rope in question had been hanging in Wallace’s stall since before it was assigned to the racer, who is black. Trump — as president of the United States — is trying to bully Wallace into silence with the completely unfounded allegation that the whole scandal was “just another HOAX.” That is an appalingly conspiratorial disregard for the very real issues weighing on the situation.
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Wallace didn't even see or report anything; NASCAR informed him a noose was hanging in his garage.
Trump is blatantly trying to direct racial animus toward him. https://t.co/v4WXN66BJl
— Jesse Lehrich (@JesseLehrich) July 6, 2020
Trump does not seem to care about any of those issues. He seems determined to find a conspiracy behind just about every corner.
Check out Twitter’s response to The Lincoln Project below: