Michael Waltrip says people are mean on Twitter

Posted at 5:08 PM, Mar 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-03 19:08:21-05

Twitter hasn't existed for most of the 35 years Michael Waltrip has been a stock-car driver. 

But based the way people have behaved toward him on Twitter, Waltrip thinks the world was a more pleasant place without it.

"I don't think I've ever met anybody that must have Twitter, because everybody I meet is nice," the two-time Daytona 500 champion told ABC15's Dan Spindle.

"They're totally happy to see me. They want to give me a hug. You read on Twitter, 'You hack! You can't drive! What's wrong with you? Get off TV!' I'm like, 'Where are you people at?'"

Here's a sampling of the kind of meanness Waltrip has been subjected to in recent days.

These kinds of unkind comments have caused Waltrip to spend more time on a pair of other popular social media platforms.

"I've got the Michael Waltrip fan page on Facebook. People on Facebook are nice. They're normal," he said. "You go to Instagram, (people are) pretty nice.

"Twitter? There's mean people there. What's wrong with them?"

That's why Waltrip has one piece of advice for those who spend a great deal of time on Twitter. Essentially, don't take any criticism on that platform seriously.

"If you have any of your life decisions based on something you read on Twitter, you're really messing up," he said. "Just use that for information purposes, and then use it to feel sorry for people that are mean, and just smile and be nice to everybody."