UPDATE: President Donald Trump has finally responded to comments ESPN host Jemele Hill made about him being a white supremacist earlier this week.
While he didn't call for Hill to be fired like his press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders; he took to Twitter to demand that ESPN "apologize for untruth" after making the bold claim that people are "dumping" the network in "record numbers."
ESPN is paying a really big price for its politics (and bad programming). People are dumping it in RECORD numbers. Apologize for untruth!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 15, 2017
But the gag is that there is nothing to apologize for because no alternative facts were detected in Hill's tweets; Trump is, indeed, a white supremacist.
UPDATE: White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders offered her two cents on the controversy surrounding Jemele Hill's remarks about President Donald Trump.
After being asked during a press briefing if Trump had any reaction to being called a white supremacist by Hill, Sanders replied, "I'm not sure if he's aware [of the tweets] 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."
The reaction to Sanders using the White House podium to, essentially, call for the termination of a citizen ranged from outrage to disbelief.
Today, the White House press secretary used the people's podium to call for the firing of an individual citizen, @jemelehill. Take that in.— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) September 13, 2017
It's unimaginable that Jemele Hill will get fired bc the WH said so. But I'm also not expecting her employer to come to her defense.— Nathaniel Friedman (@freedarko) September 13, 2017
Imagine her reaction if someone had falsely accused Trump of not being a citizen of this country https://t.co/y0ytWq6fNz— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) September 13, 2017
Jemele Hill told the truth. Protect her at all costs.— Olivia A. Cole (@RantingOwl) September 13, 2017
Sarah Huckabee Sanders calls for Jemele Hill to be fired for condemning racism? Isn't firing a black woman for speaking up, I dunno, racist?— Cyrus McQueen (@CyrusMMcQueen) September 13, 2017
If anyone should be fired, it's Sarah Huckabee Sanders who lies incessantly to America.— Impeach Donald Trump (@Impeach_D_Trump) September 13, 2017
So Sarah Huckabee Sanders thinks being a white supremacist is not a fireable offense but criticizing one should be? pic.twitter.com/ZOPmT2wLd7— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) September 13, 2017
Sorry, Sanders, but Hill using her platform to speak out against the racism and bigotry being perpetuated by the president of the United States is not, and should not, be considered a "fireable offense."
ESPN host Jemele Hill didn't mince words while calling out President Donald Trump's bigotry.
However, her employer immediately disowned her views.
It all started with an article about Kid Rock (aka Robert Ritchie) accusing the media of wrongfully calling him a racist. Rock, who is running for U.S. Senate, wrote how “loves black people” and accused the “extreme left” of “trying to use the old confederate flag BS” to label him a racist on Facebook.
Hill couldn’t stand the hypocrisy and slammed Rock on Twitter.
The 11-year ESPN veteran denounced Rock’s claims, arguing he can’t defend black people using a flag that dehumanizes them.
He loves black people so much that he pandered to racists by using a flag that unquestionably stands for dehumanizing black people. https://t.co/ukbl3RodoP— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 11, 2017
The heated debate soon shifted toward Trump, and Hill called out the commander-in-chief as a "white supremacist."
Trump is the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime. His rise is a direct result of white supremacy. Period.— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 11, 2017
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?— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 11, 2017
The 41-year-old pointed out Trump’s hideous response to the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, where he claimed "both sides" were to blame for the violence.
No the media doesn't make it a threat. It IS a threat. He has empowered white supremacists (see: Charlottesville).— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 12, 2017
Hill also openly informed the world that she didn’t accept Trump as her leader.
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
Donald Trump is a bigot. Glad you could live with voting for him. I couldn't, because I cared about more than just myself— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 12, 2017
The height of white privilege is being able to ✌🏾ignore✌🏾his white supremacy, because it's of no threat to you. Well, it's a threat to me.— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 11, 2017
Although Hill’s message received lots of agreement on Twitter, it also received some negative comments, leading ESPN to disavow her statement.
ESPN Statement on Jemele Hill: pic.twitter.com/3kfexjx9zQ— ESPN PR (@ESPNPR) September 12, 2017
The network claims they’ve discussed the matter with Hill, who apparently recognizes her mistake.
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