MSNBC writer, Steve Benen, takes issue with Sarah Huckabee Sander’s call for an ESPN host to be fired for criticizing the president. Jemele Hill from ESPN certainly raised some ire with fierce criticism of President Trump. Her words were quoted at a White House press conference.
Q: Yes, you mentioned a couple times today – you’ve sort of emphasized diversity in the West Wing. You talked about the President being very clear after Charlottesville in denouncing all hate. I just wanted 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?
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.
MSNBC’s Benen writes that “At a certain level, rhetoric like this may seem predictable. Trump World is known for having a thin skin, and it’s hardly surprising when the White House lashes out aggressively at the president’s critics.” But Benen challenges his readers to pause and notice just how extraordinary these circumstances are: “The White House press secretary, from the briefing-room podium, argued that a major media company should fire an employee for criticizing the president. And that’s just not how the United States is supposed to operate.”
Of all days on September 11th Jamele Hill tweeted:
Despite the controversy, Hill has doubled down on her comments and is unapologetic.
ESPN is taking a lot of flak because they fired Curt Schilling for making similar comments.
Do you think Hill should be fired?