AceShowbiz - Anderson Cooper has come to Bubba Wallace's defense and put Donald Trump to shame after the president attacked the professional car racing driver on social media. Taking to his show, the CNN news anchor called out POTUS for his "racist" tweet.
Opening his show, the journalist accused the president of "pointing to the only Black guy in a room full of white guys" and "making up things he definitely didn't do," in order to boost his sinking poll numbers. "It was racist, pure and simple," the silver fox said of the president's tweet.
The "Anderson Cooper 360°" anchor also blasted Trump for trying to divert people's attention from the coronavirus crisis by "smearing a Black NASCAR driver, supporting the Confederate flag and statues of traitors, which he claims as part of our proud heritage."
"If divisive, inflammatory racist words could kill the coronavirus, then the President of the United States would be headed to Stockholm right now to pick up his Nobel prize in medicine," he sarcastically added.
Cooper's scathing comments on Trump were in response to the president's tweet, in which he weighed in on the noose found in Wallace's garage. Though the 26-year-old NASCAR driver wasn't the person who found or reported the rope to authorities, the president accused him of staging the incident and demanded an apology from Wallace.
"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?" he wrote on Monday, July 6. The president also slammed NASCAR's decision to ban the Confederate flag from its properties, claiming, "That & Flag decision has caused lowest ratings EVER!"
Wallace himself took the high road in his response to Trump's hate comment. "Your words and actions will always be held to a higher standard than others. You have to be prepared for that," he posted on his social media pages. "You don't learn these things in school. You learn them from trials and tribulations, the ups and downs this crazy world provides. You will always have people testing you. Seeing if you can knock you off your pedestal."
Sharing inspirational message, he told his followers, "I encourage you to keep your head held high and walk proudly on the path you have chosen. Never let anybody tell you can't do something! God put us all here for a reason. Find that reason and be proud of it and work your tails off every day towards it! All the haters are doing is elevating voice and platform to much greater heights!"
She signed off with a note that encouraged people to love instead of hating. "Last thing, always deal with the hate being thrown at you with LOVE! Love over hate every day. Love should come naturally as people are TAUGHT to hate. Even when it's HATE from the POTUS. Love wins," he concluded.