Note To Trump: Oops, You’ve Just Lost Dale Earnhardt Jr.
If Donald Trump has a sport fan base, it's most likely NASCAR: where Confederate flags are sold at concession stands and necks are actually, literally red. But one of auto racing's biggest names is not exactly down with this Muslim travel ban.
Here's Dale Earnhardt, Jr., responding to a fan on Twitter on Sunday:
@GelarBudidarma my fam immigrated from Germany in 1700s escaping religious persecution. America is created by immigrants.
— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) January 29, 2017
Earnhardt Jr., a two-time Daytona 500 winner, told ESPN that he didn't deliberately set out to take a swipe at Trump, but was just trying to act with some compassion. FYI, that trait is not offered at NASCAR race concession stands.
“I felt like I wanted to show him some compassion and I looked at his profile and saw he was a NASCAR fan; I just felt like reaching out,” Junior said to ESPN at Phoenix. “I wasn’t trying to inject into a political conversation — I wasn’t trying to attempt to get a bunch of attention there …
“It just really is very very interesting what’s going on in the world considering all the research I did on my family tree. It’s just incredible and I read a lot of news. Try to stay on top every day of current events and not that I’m an expert or understand everything that’s happening in the world or has been going on but it just— I don’t know how I ran across that tweet but it felt that guy needed somebody— he needed some compassion. Not that I understand what it feels like to be in that position but I certainly felt bad for the guy.”
In 2015, Junior endorsed the removal of the Confederate flag from the statehouse grounds in South Carolina.
But it's not like Junior is terribly progressive on all issues. He's such a Washington Redskins fan that he's been known to have their scores and stats replayed to him in the car during a race. And he's on record as being "anti-change-the-name" on the controversial nickname issue.
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