Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017|4:37 p.m.
BRISTOL, Conn.– White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders stated Wednesday that sports anchor Jemele Hill could justifiably be fired from ESPN for tweets calling President Donald Trump a “white supremacist” and “a bigot.”
“I believe that’s one of the more outrageous remarks that anybody could make, and certainly something that I think is a fire-able offense by ESPN,” Sanders stated.
Sanders stated she was not exactly sure whether the president was aware of Hill’s remarks.
On Monday night, in a series of exchanges with other Twitter users, Hill said, “Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has actually mainly surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.”
Hill, an African-American co-host of the 6 p.m. broadcast of “SportsCenter,” likewise included that “Trump is the most ignorant, offensive president of my life time. His increase is a direct outcome of white supremacy. Period.”
In another tweet, she stated, “Donald Trump is a bigot,” and went on to criticize his fans, adding “The height of white privilege is being able to disregard his white supremacy, since it’s of no hazard to you. Well, it’s a hazard to me.”
ESPN distanced itself from Hill’s tweets on Tuesday.
“The comments on Twitter from Jemele Hill concerning the president do not represent the position of ESPN,” the network tweeted from its public relations department’s account. “We have resolved this with Jemele and she acknowledges her actions were improper.”
Disney-owned ESPN did not elaborate on any possible penalty for Hill, and she was on “SportsCenter” as normal on Tuesday and Wednesday.
While many Twitter users called for Hill to be fired, unemployed NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick revealed his support, tweeting “We are with you @jemelehill.”
Kaepernick, who stays anonymous after opting out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers, got a lot of criticism– and support– after kneeling during the nationwide anthem before games last season to object cops brutality.
When asked why popular African-Americans were criticizing Trump, Sanders stated she might not speak for Hill and said the president has met with highly regarded African-American leaders like U.S. Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, the only black Republican in the Senate.
“He’s devoted to working with them to bring the country together,” Sanders stated. “I think that’s where we need to be focused– not on outrageous declarations like that a person.”
The National Association of Black Reporters stated in a declaration that it “supports Hill’s First Change rights on all matters of conversation, within and outside the world of sports, as they do not impinge on her responsibilities as a host and analyst.”
Three weeks earlier, ESPN said it pulled broadcaster Robert Lee, who is Asian-American, from the Virginia football season opener due to the fact that of violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. The violence emerged at a rally to object the decision to get rid of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.