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White House calls for ESPN anchor to be fired over Trump comment

By: Kyle Feldscher, Washington Examiner
September 13, 2017 Updated: September 13, 2017 at 3:28 pm
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Jemele Hill was rebuked by ESPN for calling Trump a racist who is unfit to be president and is enabled by white supremacy in a series of tweets Monday night. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP)

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders called on ESPN to fire Jemele Hill, an anchor on the network's "SportsCenter," who called President Trump a white supremacist Monday.

Hill was rebuked by the network for calling Trump a racist who is unfit to be president and is enabled by white supremacy in a series of tweets Monday night. However, that was not enough for Sanders and the White House.

"I'm not sure if he's aware [of Hill's comment] but I think that's one of the more outrageous comments anyone could make and certainly something I think is a fireable offense by ESPN," Sanders said.

Hill tweeted Monday, "Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself with other white supremacists."

"Trump is the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime. His rise is a direct result of white supremacy. Period," she added. "No, the media doesn't make it a threat. It IS a threat. He has empowered white supremacists (see: Charlottesville)."

"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."

She told a Twitter user, "Donald Trump is a bigot. Glad you could live with voting for him. I couldn't because I cared about more than just myself. And it's funny how you cling to Benghazi but I bet you didn't give one thought to what Trump said about the Central Park 5."

Trump was criticized for his response to violence at white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., in which he blamed "many sides" for the unsightly scenes in the city.

Sanders said Trump is committed to working with African American leaders, such as Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., who is the only black Republican in the Senate.

"I know that the president has met again with people like Sen. Scott who are highly respected leaders in the African American community," she said. "He is committed to working with them to bring the country together. I think that's where we need to be focused, not on outrageous statements like that one."

Read this story at Washington Examiner.

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