ESPN Distances Itself From Jemele Hill's "Trump Is a White Supremacist" Comments

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ESPN Distances Itself From Jemele Hill's

After verbalizing the tweets, David Nakamura of The Washington Post asked Sarah Huckabee Sanders if President Trump was aware of Hills' remarks, and if the White House had a response. Instead they're pushing them away, saying they're white supremacists - you're not welcome here.

Hill, the co-host of Sports Center went on a Twitter rant Monday, saying Trump was "unqualified and unfit to be president". He is not a leader. "And if he were not white, he would never have been elected".

ESPN, for their part, have not fired Hill, although they did release a craven statement calling the comments "inappropriate".

Publicly calling someone - and especially the president of the United States - a white supremacist is something you would expect from some random, anonymous yahoo on social media; not a respected journalist like Jemele Hill.

Hill has not tweeted since Tuesday morning. That really isn't surprising as they are a business and having their employee bash the president may be bad for business (though with Trump's approval rating so low, it might actually be good to support Hill).

ESPN has pushed back against conservative critics, sensitive to accusations it and its personnel infuse politics into coverage in service of a left-leaning agenda.

It is unclear whether ESPN will discipline Hill for her comments.

ESPN notoriously fired Curt Schilling over a cartoon criticizing North Carolina's controversial "bathroom bill" over transgender use of public bathrooms.

Lee's reassignment came in the wake of a decision to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville where violent clashes erupted between a large gathering of white nationalists and hundreds of counter protesters.

Former ESPN writer Jason Whitlock responded to the network's decision on Fox News Wednesday, regretting that producers have "clearly condoned" her behavior.

"If I said anything of equivalency to Obama, I would have been gone much sooner than I was", tweeted out former ESPN staffer Britt McHenry, who has previously accused the network of laying her off for her conservative politics.

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