Jemele Hill, who co-hosts ESPN's SC6 With Michael and Jemele, wrote a number of tweets accusing the president and his supporters of being white supremacists, in comments White House Communications Director Sarah Huckabee-Sanders said should lead to her dismissal.
"Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists", she wrote.
ESPN's response to the controversy only drew more criticism from conservatives, who asserted that Hill should have been reprimanded for her tweets. In August, ESPN pulled an announcer named Robert Lee from broadcasting a University of Virginia football game in Charlottesville, just days after a protest by white supremacists over the removal of a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee. He is not a leader. "And if he were not white, he never would have been elected", her babble continued.
On Tuesday, ESPN released a statement to address her tweets.
Hill tweeted, "He loves black people so much that he pandered to racists by using a flag that unquestionably stands for dehumanizing black people". I didn't ask Colin Kaepernick to kneel.
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Critics have pointed out that Hill is keeping her job despite former conservative commentators losing theirs over less egregious rhetoric.
Being patently politically correct is also a thing at ESPN now, apparently.
From inside ESPN, the public response has been tellingly restrained, employees aggrieved over the network not supporting Hill (or not suspending her) and debating how open to be. Whether you agree with that statement or not likely nearly entirely depends on how you voted. This is insulting to many good and smart voters who chose Trump not because he's white, but because he represented a drastic change from a partisan American political system that many people believe is broken.
She shared an article from The Hill about Rock, which produced a long stream of comments.