White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called ESPN SportsCenter host Jemele Hill’s comments on President Trump “a fireable offense” during Wednesday’s press briefing.
In a series of tweets on Monday, Hill wrote “Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists” and that Trump’s “rise is a direct result of white supremacy.”
ESPN issued a statement on Tuesday that stated Hill’s comments “do not represent the position of ESPN.”
“That’s one of the more outrageous comments that anyone could make and certainly something I think is a fireable offense by ESPN,” Sanders said.
Sanders said that she was unaware if Trump had knowledge of Hill’s comments.
WH Press Secretary Sarah Sanders says Jemele Hill's tweets calling Trump a white supremacist were "outrageous" and a "fireable offense." pic.twitter.com/dpsLWAb5Pv
— JM Rieger (@RiegerReport) September 13, 2017
Messages left with ESPN were not immediately returned on Wednesday.
The National Association of Black Journalists had this to say about Sanders’ comments:
New: A statement from the National Association of Black Journalists on the White House's call to fire Jemele Hill. pic.twitter.com/4N5eN4Bpu3
— Astead W. Herndon (@AsteadWH) September 13, 2017
SOURCE: A.J. Perez
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