WH Defends Trump’s Racist NASCAR Tweet [VIDEO]

The Insider reports:

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany defended President Donald Trump’s NASCAR tweet at Monday’s briefing, delivering a series of indirect answers before saying Trump “wasn’t making a judgment one way or the other.”

The tweet in question came early Monday morning. Trump said NASCAR has the “lowest ratings EVER!” because it banned the Confederate flag from its races and investigated what appeared to be a noose that was found in driver Bubba Wallace’s garage.

McEnany deflected when asked if Trump supported flying the Confederate flag. “Well I think you’re mischaracterizing the tweet,” McEnany said. Wallace did not allege any hate crime himself. He was alerted to the apparent noose in his car’s garage by NASCAR officials.

Axios reports:

McEnany was repeatedly grilled by reporters over the president’s inflammatory tweet, in which he demanded that NASCAR’s only Black driver apologize after the FBI determined that he was not a target of a hate crime and claimed that ratings had dropped after the sport banned the Confederate flag at its events.

McEnany accused reporters of taking Trump’s tweet “out of context” and said that the president was “pointing out the rush to judgment to immediately say that there was a hate crime, as happened in this case, as happened with Jussie Smollett, as happened with the Covington Catholic boys.”

She said that Trump “believes it goes a long way if Bubba came out and acknowledged” that the noose incident was not a hate crime — despite the fact that Wallace already did so in a statement last month.

The New York Daily News reports:

White House spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany was forced to defend President Trump’s claim in a July 4 speech that the COVID-19 virus is “completely harmless” to “99%” of those who are tested.

Taking the bait, McEnany suggested in a Fox News interview that her boss was simply trying to note that only a relatively tiny number of Americans have actually died in the pandemic so far.

Despite McEnany’s spin, Trump’s “99%” remark appears to be another in a long string of presidential gaffes on the pandemic, like his suggestion that injecting disinfectant could be a valuable treatment or his claim that he has ordered less testing because higher case counts make him look bad.