White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders has called for an ESPN host be fired over comments calling Donald Trump a white supremacist, responding to quotes from the Twitter feed of SportsCenter host Jemele Hill by labeling them “a fireable offense by ESPN.” Hill has been a vocal critic of Trump in the past, but decided to mince no words Monday night, openly calling the president “a white supremacist,” whose “rise is a direct result of white supremacy. Period.”
As reported by Deadspin, ESPN responded to Hill’s comments yesterday, apologizing on her presumably unwanted behalf, and releasing a statement saying they had “addressed this with Jemele, and she recognizes her actions were inappropriate.”
The network has yet to respond, though, to Huckabee Sanders’ strongly worded suggestion that Hill be fired for making the revolutionary suggestion that Donald Trump’s presidency has served to encourage neo-Nazis and white supremacists. ESPN has never been shy about censuring or parting ways with on-air talent who break with the company’s decidedly neutral political positioning, though, so we’ll just have to wait and see what happens to yet another member of the companly’s list of bold, fearlessly opinionated SportsCenter hosts.
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