White House Press Secretary: ESPN Anchor’s ‘White Supremacist’ Comment Is a ‘Fireable Offense’

Sarah Huckabee Sanders Jemele Hill
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WASHINGTON — White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders suggested that Jemele Hill’s comment that President Donald Trump was a “white supremacist” should be a “fireable offense.”

“I think that is one of the more outrageous comments that anyone could make,” Sanders said. “It is certainly something that I think would be a fireable offense by ESPN.”

Sanders was responding to a question at Wednesday’s press briefing. It was a rare instance of a press secretary publicly calling for the ouster of someone in the media.

ESPN reprimanded Hill, one of its anchors, on Tuesday, saying that her comments on Twitter “do not represent the position of” the network.

“We have addressed this with Jemele and she recognizes her actions were inappropriate.”

Hill, who hosts the network’s “SportsCenter,” created a furor on social media when she called the president a “white supremacist” in an extensive tweet rant.

She wrote, “Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.”

She also posted, “Trump is the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime. His rise is a direct result of white supremacy. Period.”

Continuing to engage with followers on Twitter, she then wrote: “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 also wrote: “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.”

Her rant began as a comment on an article posted by the Hill about Kid Rock accusing the media of labeling him a racist. Other ESPN employees have been fired for their comments on social media, including Curt Schilling who made transphobic comments on Facebook.

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  1. edward rowe snow says:

    TJChurch2001 is the real racist.

  2. Greg says:

    Make everyone happy… this female incompetent individual has no business being an ESPN anchor and soon ESPN will just be a memory of what once was a top SPORTS network rather what they’ve become.

  3. Barb moone says:

    Why is it when a Caucasian makes a stupid statement on t v, they are fired? When a black makes a really stupid statement in t v, they are forgiven and when will the double standard stop? Rules are for all !!!! Responsibility is for all! Punishment is for all!

    • tjchurch2001 says:

      Why is that, Barb? B/c Americans generations before you or I were forming this country, but really only doing so to get out from under the Brits. Therefore, they made things like the President not being decided by the popular vote of the citizenry, & African-Americans being workers for their Caucasian counterparts. Therefore, you & I are continually punished for that by people like Trump becoming President & African-Americans pulling out their past mistreatment whenever they are punished in the current era.

  4. Patricia McKinnon says:

    From The New York Post:

    The Rev. Jesse Jackson once praised Donald Trump for being a “friend” who embraced “the under-served communities.”

    “We need your building skills, your gusto . . . for the people on Wall Street to represent diversity,” Jackson, a civil-rights leader, said at a Rainbow Push Coalition event in 1999.

    And at a 1998 event in front of the same organization, Jackson said, “I now want to bring forth a friend — well, he is deceptive in that his social style is of such, one can miss his seriousness and commitment to success, which is beyond argument.

    “When we opened this Wall Street project . . . He gave us space at 40 Wall Street, which was to make a statement about our having a presence there.”

    The Daily Caller unearthed the video of the former Democratic presidential candidate in the wake of Trump being accused by his political opponents of being “racist.”

    Really, Jemelle? If you are going to start giving political commentary, at least make it accurate.

    • tjchurch2001 says:

      Really, Patricia? Last I checked, Jemele had the right to state whatever opinion she has about anyone. Regardless of that, what she stated in this case was neither her opinion nor anyone else’s, but largely factual.

  5. Al Margenot Jr says:

    Jemele Hill has every right to express her opinion about Donald Trump. Sarah Huckabee Sanders should stop being a parrot to a person that worries more about what people say about him and be the President of the United states. Donald Trump and his fragile ego should focus on infrastructure, increasing minimum wage, get DACA passed by congress, improve Obama Care so everyone can have a chance at health care. ESPN is a great channel and part of the Disney family. If he would watch their various programs instead of Fox news, and Breitbart he would achieve a better perspective of what’s going on and what the nation really thinks. I am proud to say that I watch Jemele Hill frequently. She is a fine cohost to an always interesting program. President Trump grow up and do your job.

  6. George says:

    Hey Dumbasss! Take a class in Constitutional Law. Pay special attention when they cover the Bill of Rights.

  7. What is most sickening is the white sycophants chiming in to white knight for blacks like this racist. FYI, you don’t like them either you phonies. I have been friends, coworkers and family with many SJW types. Believe me… the second that car door closes, their true opinions about blacks makes itself known.

    • tjchurch2001 says:

      What is most sickening is… Whatever illnesses you have. You clearly let your true opinions be known at a moment’s notice, but stating them as though they are facts &/or true about others.

      • edward rowe snow says:

        Is the “Church” portion of your name a tip of the hat to chicken, by any chance? It’s some good food. Not as good as Popeye’s. Remember that time they ran out? The horror!!!!

  8. Manal Jaber says:

    Jemele had every constitutional right to her opinion, the only reason the white house got so offended is because she was 100 percent accurate. Trump is a racist, a bigot, a disgrace to this country, and endorsed by the KKK. He is a white supremacist. Anyone who has a problem with this fact is another bigot just like him. The truth is the truth, sweep it under the rug until your blue in the face, its coming out one way or another. Hate and evil shall not prevail, nor will Trump, his disgusting administration or his supporters. You can fire people for speaking the truth as much as you want, it will only make their fight and will that much stronger. In the history of this country; past, present and future he will go down as the worst president ever. Put that in your history books.

    • Sean says:

      I thank god you are just a very low IQ moron and not someone really contributing to society. That statement is why you liberals are losing so badly. It is funny actually. I think you really believe that BS. Worst President ever already has the title you historical idiot and his name was Bucannon, totally crooked politician. The second loser was Obama, elected only because he was black. Try not to think too much next time you post. Just say”I hate whites, I hate whites” over and over and we can get your train of thought.

      • tjchurch2001 says:

        You are also a very-low-IQ moron not contributing to society, even online like this. You may be right about Buchanan, outside of the spelling. Obama was elected for many reasons. We could get your train of thought easily if only you had one.

    • The constitution also said that America is a white country founded by and for whites and that blacks are 3/5 human, meaning your opinion matters not.

      • tjchurch2001 says:

        The Constitution never said any of those things. However, I will let your comment slide, as you clearly fail to understand most words & their meanings.

      • Sean says:

        Jesus Christ, are you a super idiot or just really really dumb? Because it is literally just one or the other. I am surprised you can write. That was 152 years ago. You know what else has changed Moron? Oh women can vote, we have cars, we can fly places, we have cell phones and instant info on the internet. People like you need to find the highest bridge and jump to save our already declining IQ generation.

  9. michael j forshaw says:

    This filthy mouthed black racist bitch should be fired like Kurt was….these ESPN assholes have a double standard…..ESPN has gone off the left cliff!!!! I mean the real racists in the country are the niggers.

    • Sean says:

      Dude, it’s stupid shit like this that helps the already stupid generation. Do black people get special consideration, special circumstances, special treatment, of course but to say that kind of crap is ridiculous.

      • tjchurch2001 says:

        Do they get special treatment? No. That largely ended a hundred years ago, but stupid morons like you (who don’t know to use “question marks” at the end of their run-on questions) are ridiculous enough to still believe so & state it in public places & on sites like this.

    • tjchurch2001 says:

      Irony defined: The use of the last word in your last sentence proves you have no clue who “the real racists” are (which seems surprising, since your comment also proves you are a foul-mouthed racist yourself).

  10. tjchurch2001 says:

    FACT 1: Freedom of speech is guaranteed by the Constitution where Jemele lives & works.

    FACT 2: Many things Trump has said & done (on-camera &/or on Twitter) were “fireable offenses”, except that he is the one who has been holding & exercising the power to do all the firing.

    FACT 3: Effective immediately, ESPN should suspend her so she can rightfully be known as “Jemele Works-On-Capitol Hill”.

  11. Moose says:

    ESPN is such hypocritical trash.

  12. George house says:

    I have a sow out back in the pen. Do you think if I put pearls & lipstick on that pig, I could get her a job as White House Spokes Person? She’s arguably as articulate & intelligent. Yet she’s polite & respectful.

  13. Hank Reardon says:

    This woman is the epitome of a black racist. Believe me, it’s not just President Trump and Kid Rock. If you dig deep enough into this person’s hatred you will find she hates all things and people that are white.

    “Racist – a person who shows or feels discrimination or prejudice against people of other races, or who believes that a particular race is superior to another.”

    Pretty much describes her.

  14. Don Stoveken says:

    Everything @jemelehill tweeted about 45 was true. Have we now come so far as to penalize citizens for speaking honestly while talking about the president? Agree or not, and I personally think we’ve got a guy in the White House whose role model is President Camacho from Idiocracy, if we descend to the level of silencing the opposition it’s just another step to an authoritarian state. And since when has Sarah Huckleberry Sanders been invested with the authority to direct a private sector corporation to fire an employee?

  15. Bill B. says:

    So many fireable offenses have come from El Trumpo’s mouth it is mind-boggling.

  16. scottloveserica says:

    That walrus is already stumping for her spot on Fox News once this nightmare implodes.

  17. PSmith says:

    Jeez, what world is this? Just fire the bitch already, damn. And this is a black man talkin’. There needs to be repercussions for blatant stupidity!

  18. Cass says:

    LMAO, MMKay.

    • gerald garwood says:

      Miss Hill you surely misguided, Our American President was elected by the majority white , black hispanic rich and poor. Get your facts straight and pay more attention to sports if you can comprehend.

  19. Frank Russell says:

    I’ve about had it with ESPN anyhow as they’ve been overly overt regarding their progressive liberal views over this past year. Obviously whomever owns the company wants to manipulate folks’ political views, which would be Disney and Hearst. If it’s not being done at that level then it’s the managing employees and reporters with leftist agendas. I’ve known too many people that have complained about ESPN becoming political. After I had enough of it I started watching Fox Sports networks and others. Surprisingly Fox keeps its conservative politics out of its sports programming. I don’t watch sports for politics so it doesn’t matter, left or right, it shouldn’t be going on.

    Seek alternatives, turn them off, as there are plenty of other sources. As for the employee herself, fire her (let her resign) and give her a great reference while sending her over to MSNBC or CNN where she can spout hysterical liberal nonsense about “white guilt” or “white privilege” or “white supremacy” all she wants.

    God Bless America.

  20. Ken says:

    Jemele,

    Trump already fired the ‘alt right’ kings Steve Bannon and Sebastian Gorka.
    Those people were always the problem.

    But I don’t think that Trump is a racist.

  21. Steve Barr says:

    So calling Donald Trump exactly what he is is now a fireable offense . He’s also a treasonous ,corrupt lying thug .She should get a promotion not a reprimand .

  22. HiHat says:

    Sounds to me as if Hill were merely speaking truth to power. Huckleberry herself hasn’t made a true statement since she became a WH spokesperson… Of course, in the Trump administration, that kind of mendacity is anything but a “fireable” shortcoming..

    • Ellie says:

      Damn, I wish there were some way to banish the tired phrase “speaking truth to power” from usage. Jemele Hill is not Dr. King, she’s a highly paid employee at a company that hasn’t exacted a penalty for her comments.

      As for the “wouldn’t have been elected if he weren’t white” tweet: he wouldn’t have been elected if a lot of Bernie and President Obama supporters hadn’t sat on their hands because they couldn’t stomach voting for HRC.

      And no, I didn’t vote for Trump, and I don’t think Ms. Hill should be fired. In fact, I used to watch His & Hers. I don’t watch SC at 6.

  23. tjchurch2001 says:

    The reason she can’t/shouldn’t be fired has nothing to do with her race, but her honesty… Which Huckabee Sanders, Trump, & others in that group fail to possess.

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