White House press secretary calls for ESPN to fire Trump critic Jemele Hill

White House press secretary calls for ESPN to fire Trump critic Jemele Hill

Hill had noted Trump's racism on Twitter


From the September 13 White House press briefing:

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DAVID NAKAMURA: Yes. You mentioned a couple times today -- sort of emphasized -- diversity in the West Wing, and you talked about the president being very clear after Charlottesville in denouncing all hate. I just want to read a comment from an influential African American sportscaster from ESPN yesterday who said, "Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself with other white supremacists. His rise is a direct result of white supremacy. Period. He's unqualified and unfit to be president." Why do you think -- do you have a reaction to that, and is the president aware of that comment and --

SARAH HUCKABEE SANDERS: I'm not sure if he's aware, but I think that's one of the more outrageous comments that anyone could make and certainly something that I think is a fireable offense by ESPN. 

NAKAMURA: If the president was so clear, as you said, why do you think influential African-American figures are saying things like this?

HUCKABEE SANDERS: I'm not going to speak for that individual, but I know that the president has met, again, with people like Sen. Scott [(R-SC)] who are highly-respected leaders in the African American community. He's 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. 


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