Trump Spokeswoman: ESPN Host Should Be Fired

Jemele Hill apologized Wednesday night for her tweets calling President Trump a white supremacist — not that she does not believe that, but because, she said, “my comments and the public way I made them painted ESPN in an unfair light.”

A few minutes later, the sports network responded. “Jemele has a right to her personal opinions, but not to publicly share them on a platform that implies that she was in any way speaking on behalf of ESPN. She has acknowledged that her tweets crossed that line and has apologized for doing so. We accept her apology.”

The contrition followed 48 hours in which White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the “SportsCenter” co-host should be fired, the National Association of Black Journalists stood by Hill’s free-speech rights, and others debated the role of ESPN in the media universe, Trump’s stance toward African Americans, particularly black women, the meaning of “white supremacy” and how the reaction to Hill compared with that accorded others who made controversial statements.

As reproduced Wednesday by David Mack of BuzzFeed, Hill’s since-deleted Monday night tweets included, “Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists” and “Trump is the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime. His rise is a direct result of white supremacy. Period.”

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