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Sarah Huckabee Sanders facing ethics complaint after calling for ESPN host to be fired

(Photo: Getty Images, Win McNamee)
(Photo: Getty Images, Win McNamee)

The Trump administration violates human decency and political decorum on an almost daily basis, with one of the more recent examples being when White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders blatantly abused her platform to declare that ESPN should fire contributor Jemele Hill after she accused Donald Trump of being a white supremacist on Twitter. Now, The Wrap (via The Root) is reporting that an anti-Trump Super PAC called The Democratic Coalition has filed an ethics complaint against Huckabee, saying she “crossed the line and put herself in dubious legal territory,” adding that “if anyone is to be fired, it should be her.”


The complaint references a law banning specific federal employees—including those who work for the executive branch, like a White House press secretary—from influencing the employment decisions of a private company “solely on the basis of partisan political affiliation.” In other words, the exact thing that Sanders did is a thing that you’re not supposed to do, with The Wrap noting that breaking this particular law is punishable by a fine, up to 15 years in prison, or both.

[Note: The Root, like The A.V. Club, is owned by Univision Communications.]

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