ESPN's Jemele Hill Responds After White House Criticism of "Trump is A White Supremacist" Comments
Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders had said Hill's comments were a "fireable offense."
ESPN SportsCenter host Jemele Hill addressed the growing controversy of her comment describing President Donald Trump as a "white supremacist."
ESPN had distanced themselves from Hill's Tuesday tweet storm in which she described Trump as a "bigot," "ignorant" and a "white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself with other white supremacists."
However, the issue became a hot topic again on Wednesday at the White House daily briefing when Press Sec. Sarah Huckabee Sanders suggested Hill's comments were "outrageous" and a "fireable offense."
Can anyone remember such a thing? A WH spox calling for employee of private company to be fired for anti-POTUS comments? https://t.co/Ieh5jnWfoz— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) September 13, 2017
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
Sanders' comments led to a storm of renewed media scrutiny and Hill responded late on Wednesday, tweeting a short statement:
"My comments on Twitter expressed my personal beliefs. My regret is that my comments and the public way I made them painted ESPN in unfair light. My respect for the company and my colleagues remains unconditional."