I really can’t handle another “You’re Fired” joke
Renowned Orange Supremacist Donald Trump was slated to drive the pace car for the 100th anniversary Indy 500, but fans — led by Indianapolis attorney Michael Wallack — raised a stink about it, arguing that he is “too politically motivated.”
Wallack had this to say about Trump:
I have no problem if Trump dislikes President Obama or his policies. But to step over the line into the realm of conspiracy-mongering is not good for politics or for America. And it should not be rewarded with the honor of driving the pace car at the Indianapolis 500.
Jalopnik reported earlier today that the Indy speedway folks were trying to figure out a way to dump Trump, after Trump claimed that he wouldn’t go quietly.
But, apparently, now that he has decided that he really is running for President, like ferreals ferreals, Trump has bowed out of the Indy 500 festivities:
“I very much appreciate the honor, but time and business constraints make my appearance there, especially with the necessary practice sessions, impossible to fulfill,” Trump said. “I look forward to watching the race from New York.”
Regarding whether the criticism lobbed at Trump was politically motivated, one of Trump’s aides was all, “DUH!”:
Earlier today, an aide to the New York real estate developer said Trump would not give up the pace car post and said the criticism was politically motivated.
“Of course it is, of course it is,” said Michael Cohen, an executive vice president and special counsel to Trump, said in an interview this morning with The Indianapolis Star.
Although there have been political figures (like Colin Powell) serve as the celebrity driver, there has never been an active prospect for president drive the pace car. Cohen said Trump has not officially declared his intention to run for the office.
Cohen also took issue with a group of local Baptist ministers who want Trump replaced because of what they say are his racist comments related to Trump’s push for President Obama to release his birth certificate and school records.
“This debate stems from unfounded, incorrect and malicious lies that Donald Trump has a racial bias toward the president,” said Cohen. “Nothing could be further from the truth; Donald Trump doesn’t have a racist bone in his body.”
Yeaaah. He’s not racist at all! Except for when he is! Which is, like, all the time!
I haven’t been able to figure out the timeline of events regarding the Indy 500 shenannies (time stamps on blog posts are quite unreliable), but it seems that the decision to give Trump the pace car gig was not made by Indy 500 muckity-mucks, but rather by Chevrolet and Izod, the companies sponsoring the race. And just as Groupon pulled its advertising from the website for The Apprentice due to consumer outcry, it is likely that Chevrolet and Izod would have gotten an earful from consumers. I imagine that Trump pulled out rather than being kicked out. One might say that there would be hell toupée if Trump hadn’t pulled out.1
…aaaand now I have to go vomit a little for using the term “pulled out” in conjunction with “Donald Trump.”
Oh, I swear to blog — I’m gonna be sick — I gotta go…
1 I’m not even sorry for this pun. So there.
[cross-posted at ABLC]