ESPN anchor Jemele Hill got herself crosswise with her bosses this week when she took to Twitter and called Donald Trump “a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/other white supremacists,” “the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime” whose “rise is a direct result of white supremacy,” and an “unfit, bigoted moron.”
As we like to say at The Response, harsh but fair!
ESPN issued a statement apologizing for Hill's comments, though it is hard to see how she was wrong about a man who has empowered white supremacists and hired Jeff Sessions, a man who was once considered too racist to be a federal judge, to run the Justice Department, among other signs.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked about Hill's comments at Wednesday's press briefing. Naturally, she took offense:
REPORTER: Do you have a reaction to that? And is the president aware of that comment? And why do you think...
SANDERS: I don't know if he's aware of it, 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.
Pfft, what hogwash. Hill is a role model for millions of African-American women, and there is zero reason why she should stick to only talking about sports. It would be a dereliction of her duty as a citizen and a public figure with a platform to not say what she thinks about our political moment.
Also, does Sanders think it appropriate for the White House to call for the firing of a private citizen? Because if the Obama administration ever did this, I'm quite sure Breitbart's servers would have melted from all the hot takes.
Watch the video of the exchange below.
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