Donald Trump Won't Be At Indy 500! Was He Forced Out After Being An Obama Birther!

Thu, May 5, 2011 6:38pm EDT by Add first Comment
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Donald Trump has backed out of being the Indy 500 pace car driver this month. Was this because people campaigned to have him removed as pace car driver following his controversial comments against President Obama?

Donald Trump has backed out of being the Indianapolis 500 pace car driver at the centennial celebration of the race on May 29, reports the Indianapolis Star. This follows a campaign started by race car fans to “Dump the Donald” after he questioned whether President Obama was born outside the US and whether he was qualified to attend the Ivy League schools he did. So did Trump back out or was he fired?

The Donald claims he backed out so he could focus on his possible presidential campaign. “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.”

Although Trump says this was his decision, we still wonder if the multiple campaigns to remove him as pace car driver had anything to do with it. “To me, when they first named Donald Trump, it just felt wrong,” said Michael Wallack , who started an anti-Trump group on Facebook. “He has no relationship to the track, to the race, to racing, to Indianapolis, and I think I would have been bothered anytime with something like that. But to do that on the 100th anniversary, it made no sense. Then when he started going off on the birther stuff,” Wallack said, “that prompted me to do more and that’s when I started the page.”

“The folks I have talked to indirectly have shared concern with the situation,” said Indiana State Representative Jeb Bardon, a democrat who used a speech at the legislature last week to ask for a driver change.

Do you think Donald Trump backed out of his obligation because of pressure to quit? Are all of his anti-Obama comments coming back to bite him? Sound off below!

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