The White House has called on ESPN to fire SportsCenter co-host Jemele Hill after she called President Donald Trump 'racist', according to Buzzfeed news.
The White House on Wednesday said ESPN should fire SportsCenter cohost Jemele Hill for her tweets calling President Trump an ignorant bigot and white supremacist. Hill's tweetstorm on Monday was originally sparked when she condemned musician Kid Rock, who is flirting with running for the US Senate, for his use of the Confederate flag. But the TV host quickly pivoted to Trump, calling him an "unfit, bigoted, incompetent moron" who had empowered white supremacists.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that Ms. Hill's comments were likely a fireable offense.
"I'm not sure if [Trump] is aware of the comments," Sanders said, "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." An ESPN spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment about Sanders calling for Hill to be fired.