Earlier this week, ESPN Sportscenter anchor Jemele Hill sent a tweet that had everyone talking.
Hill called current U.S. President, Donald Trump a “white supremacist” and the most ignorant, offensive president of her lifetime, stating:
“Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.”
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders stated that that was a “fireable offense.”
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders calls Jemele Hill’s comments ‘a fireable offense.’ pic.twitter.com/M0wYyZuNUp
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) September 13, 2017
ESPN issued a statement explaining that although Hill has a right to her personal opinion, her tweets “crossed the line,” stating:
“The comments on Twitter from Jemele Hill regarding the President do not represent the position of ESPN. We have addressed this with Jemele and she recognizes her actions were inappropriate.”
Hill issued a statement on Wednesday night:
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 14, 2017
President Trump addressed it all via Twitter stating:
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
Civil rights activist and National Action Network founder, Rev. Al Sharpton issued a warning to ESPN not to heed the call by the administration to fire Jemele Hill, and will call for a meeting with ESPN executives around the issue.
“Should ESPN fire Ms. Hill, the National Action Network is prepared to take action against ESPN in response,” Rev. Al Sharpton told RESPECT Magazine in a released statement.
“NAN will not stand by while the administration uses the power of the presidency to intimidate members of the press who express their political views.”