The White House wants to see an ESPN commentator tossed from the game for insulting President Trump.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday she thinks controversial tweets from “SportsCenter” host Jemele Hill, in which the ESPN star called Trump a white supremacist, are a “fireable offense.”
“I think that’s one of the more outrageous comments that anyone could make and certainly is a fireable offense by ESPN,” Sanders said in her press briefing about Hill’s jab.
Sanders said she was not sure if Trump was aware of Hill’s tweetstorm. But she defended Trump against accusations of racial bias, saying that his meetings with African-American political and community leaders show he is “committed to working with them to bring the country together.”
ESPN did not immediately react to Sanders’ slam, and Trump has not commented on the tweets.
ESPN jumped into damage control this week after Hill, who is African-American, let loose on Trump in a series of furious tweets while talking with Twitter users.
“Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists,” she wrote in one tweet.
In other messages, she called Trump a “bigot,” “unqualified and unfit to be president” and “the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime.”
“His rise is a direct result of white supremacy. Period,” she wrote.
“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.”
After an inevitable social media uproar, ESPN issued a statement saying Hill’s comments “do not represent” the sports network’s views and that the station “addressed” the tweets with Hill.
“She recognizes her actions were inappropriate,” ESPN said in a statement.
There has been no indication that her job is in jeopardy and Hill has continued to host “SportsCenter” this week. She has not publicly apologized.
Hill earned some support from major players in the sports world, including former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who became his own fireball of controversy last year for kneeling during the National Anthem to protest police brutality against black people.
“We are with you @jemelehill,”Kaepernick tweeted to Hill.
The long-running complaints about Trump’s racial insensitivity exploded in August after he blamed “both sides” for deadly violence between neo-Nazis and counter-protesters that broke out at a hate rally in Charlottesville, Va.
The rally ostensibly started as a protest against the intended removal of a statue of Confederate Army General Robert E. Lee.
The bloody demonstration reignited a national debate over Confederate memorials — and led to ESPN making a notorious fumble.
As the Confederate debates raged, the Disney-owned sports channel announced it would be pulling a broadcaster named Robert Lee off of Virginia football coverage — even though he is Asian-American and has no connection whatsoever to the long-dead general.