The White House called Wednesday for an African-American host of ESPN’s “SportsCenter” to be fired, after she called President Trump a “white supremacist” on Twitter. On Monday, “SportsCenter” anchor Jemele Hill tweeted, “Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.” The comments drew a public reprimand from ESPN and outrage from conservatives. It also drew the support of anti-racist activists, including NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick. On Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called on ESPN to fire Jemele Hill.
Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders: “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.”
Jemele Hill later deleted her tweets critical of President Trump; she issued an apology late Wednesday saying they painted ESPN in an unfair light.