White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday that ESPN should consider firing host Jemele Hill for calling President Donald Trump a “white supremacist.”
Asked whether the president was aware of Hill’s comments during Tuesday’s briefing, the White press secretary said: “I’m not sure if he’s aware but I think it’s one of the more outrageous comments that anyone could make and certainly something I think is a fireable offense by ESPN.”
On Monday, the “SportsCenter” co-host tore into President Trump during a Twitter rant.
“Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists,” Hill wrote. “Donald Trump is a bigot,” she went on to say. “Glad you could live with voting for him. I couldn’t, because I cared about more than just myself.”
ESPN quickly issued a statement distancing itself from Hill’s comments.
“The comments on Twitter from Jamele Hill regarding the President do not represent the position of ESPN,” the network said. “We have addressed this with Jemele and she recognizes her actions were inappropriate.”
The Disney company did not say whether or not Hill would be suspended or otherwise punished. Reps for ESPN did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.
You can check out Hill’s entire thread, which she has not deleted at the time this article was published, and ESPN’s statement below.