By Shawn Rice
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that ESPN’s Jamele Hill’s comments about President Donald Trump encouraging white supremacists were “outrageous” and “a fireable offense.” Hill has been at a debate on both sides on the handling of her comments about Trump.
In a surprising move, the White House spoke out on the issue. Hill, an African-American woman, called Trump a “bigot,” a “threat” and “the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime.” But the tweet that garnered the most reaction on social media stated the following: “Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.”
ESPN responded by reminding people that her comments “do not represent the position of ESPN.” “We have addressed this with Jemele and she recognizes her actions were inappropriate,” ESPN said.
“I’m not sure if he’s aware” of the tweets, Sanders said, “but I think that’s one of the more outrageous comments that anyone could make, and certainly something that I think is a fireable offense by ESPN.”
Some Trump critics said they were disturbed by Sanders’ talk of a “fireable offense.”
— FOX Business (@FoxBusiness) September 13, 2017
Here are some reactions on social media to speaking out about Hill’s comments.
Imagine her reaction if someone had falsely accused Trump of not being a citizen of this country https://t.co/y0ytWq6fNz
— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) September 13, 2017
Today, the White House press secretary used the people’s podium to call for the firing of an individual citizen, @jemelehill. Take that in.
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) September 13, 2017
“What can we do to get the press to chase its tail?”
“How about have Sanders call for Jemele Hill’s firing?”
— Jack Shafer (@jackshafer) September 13, 2017
It’s unimaginable that Jemele Hill will get fired bc the WH said so. But I’m also not expecting her employer to come to her defense.
— Nathaniel Friedman (@freedarko) September 13, 2017
I don’t think that ESPN anchor should be fired for her views. I do think ESPN would fire her if her political views were of the right.
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) September 13, 2017
Jemele Hill told the truth. Protect her at all costs.
— Olivia A. Cole (@RantingOwl) September 13, 2017
ESPN has taken heat in recent years from conservatives who say the network become too political with its liberal agenda. “ESPN’s double standard shows when hosts speak out,” read a Wednesday headline on Fox News. To make its point, Fox pointed to ESPN’s firing of analyst and former professional baseball pitcher Curt Schilling in May 2016 over a demeaning anti-transgender Facebook post by him.
Hill co-hosts ESPN’s “SC6” with Michael Smith.
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