Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has stating during Wednesday's press conference that although President Trump is not aware of the "SportsCenter" co-host Jemele Hill calling him a "white supremacist", the White House does believe that it is a "fireable offense by ESPN".
The White House on Wednesday suggested ESPN should fire “SportsCenter” co-host Jemele Hill over her “outrageous comments” about President Donald Trump.
In a series of Twitter posts on Monday, Hill labeled Trump “a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.”
She called Trump “the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime” and attributed his rise to white supremacy. “He has surrounded himself with white supremacists — no they are not ‘alt right’ — and you want me to believe he isn't a white supremacist?” she tweeted.
“He is unqualified and unfit to be president. He is not a leader,” she said. “And if he were not white, he never would have been elected.”
Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters on Wednesday that she’s unsure whether the president has seen Hill’s tweets, but she said ESPN should take action.
“I’m not sure if he’s aware, 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,” Sanders said.
Trump’s rhetoric on the campaign trail about immigrants and other topics drew charges of racism, bigotry and xenophobia from opponents, criticism that followed him to the White House, most notably in his reaction to white supremacists, neo-Nazis and KKK members who assembled in Charlottesville, Virginia, last month. Trump received support in 2016 from members of such groups who believed he employed language and themes similar to their own.
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