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White House on Jemele Hill's Trump/'white supremacist' tweets: 'Fireable offense'
The White House has weighed in on ESPN’s latest political controversy, with White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders calling Jemele Hill’s anti-President Donald Trump tweets “a fireable offense.”
The background: On Monday, Hill, one of the hosts of “SportsCenter,” engaged in some political discussion on Twitter that included the following lines, among many others: Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists. — Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 11, 2017 He is unqualified and unfit to be president. He is not a leader. And if he were not white, he never would have been elected — Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 12, 2017 That summoned forth both defenders of the president and ESPN’s-gone-liberal standard-bearers: No way you could say something like that in the media about Obama without backlash or trouble. — Britt McHenry (@BrittMcHenry) September 12, 2017 On the other side of the political divide, Hill won widespread support from critics of Trump, including Colin Kaepernick, who knows a thing or two about how speaking your mind can cause you trouble in the workplace: We are with you @jemelehill ✊ — Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) September 13, 2017 Most non-agenda-driven media companies recommend their employees keep their political views close to the vest; regardless of one’s feelings on the president, calling Trump a “white supremacist” is a pretty forthright declaration. That led ESPN to issue an apology: ESPN Statement on Jemele Hill: pic.twitter.com/3kfexjx9zQ — ESPN PR (@ESPNPR) September 12, 2017 At Wednesday’s White House news conference, a reporter asked Sanders about Hill’s comments in the context of the White House’s announced push for more diversity within its own walls. The exchange is below:
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