Danica Patrick is facing backlash after posting about her day at Turning Point USA, a conservative event featuring some of the American Conservative political movement’s biggest speakers and thought leaders. The former NASCAR star was the center of many controversies in her racing days and is no stranger to an angry group of internet strangers.
In her post, which was uploaded to Instagram, Patrick didn’t attempt to hide the name of the event or the reason that she went. Posing for a selfie next to her sister, the pair stood in front of a wall that was adorned with the Turning Point USA logo and smiled for the world to see their pleasure at attending the event.
Patrick, to make things even more clear about her political stances and her opinion regarding the event, wrote, “Sister came to town to check out @turningpointusa with me! Dad replied to our pic with – perfect daughters. 😜 we do love our country…. so AMfest (America fest) makes sense.”
Fans, or maybe former fans, raided her comment section to tell Danica exactly how much they despise her after learning about her political leanings. One fan wrote, “Trump supporter? Lost all respect!” Yet another fan, hoping to make an impact with his comment, wrote, “people actually go to trash like this and listen to simpletons like Charlie Kirk, and Kyle Rittenhouse talk??? What a sad existence that is.”
Another former Danica Patrick fan, eager for their voice to be heard, wrote, “I followed her for years and was a big supporter but had to dump her. It just shows her spiritual journey is a farce as you can’t want to be filled with healing positive energy and be part of a group centered on hate and racism at the same time. Very disappointed in her life choices”
Hundreds more negative comments littered the replies to what should have been a simple social media post of a superstar posing with her family. Instead, some of Danica’s real fans were forced to join the fray to defend the woman who paved the way for so many women to chase their dream of driving in racing series like Nascar and IndyCar.
One fan shared his support for Danica, saying, “Way to go Danica for having your own opinion and not letting these liberals cry babies 😭 make it for you. Love you in nascar and now love you more keep it up.” The Turning Point USA account also chimed in, writing, “It was so nice having you both join us this year!!!”
Danica was a lightning rod during her NASCAR career, with plenty of fans and, at times, some of her fellow drivers wondering if she really belonged at the top of the American racing scene. She continued onward and gave no mind to the negativity, and one would expect her to continue with the mindset here. The former GoDaddy woman will likely continue to share and stand by her conservative beliefs, even in the face of some bitter Instagram users.
Featured image credit: By Morrison_2001 – Camping World 500 @ Phoenix International Raceway, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=68798014
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