ESPN gave host Jemele Hill a tiny, meaningless slap on the wrist for calling President Donald Trump a “white supremacist.” Today a White House correspondent asked presidential spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders what Trump thinks about Hill’s comment.
Her reply was direct and forceful.
But before we get to that, the incident that sparked the rebuke from Sarah Huckabee Sanders came when ESPN SportsCenter host Jemele Hill Tweeted out the outrageous insult.
Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 11, 2017
Days later, ESPN issued a statement that proved it would not punish Hill at all for her comments.
From here, a White House correspondent asked Sarah Huckabee Sanders what Trump thought about the ignorant comments.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders was straight up…
“I’m not sure if he’s aware of it,” Sanders said before adding, “but I think that’s one of the more outrageous that anyone could make, and certainly something that I think is a fireable offense by ESPN.”
Without question, ESPN has fired many conservative employees for far less. ESPN fired Curt Schilling, Mike Ditka, Doug Adler, and Linda Cohn, all for saying things from a conservative viewpoint, things ESPN didn’t like.
But Sanders’ comments didn’t sit well with those interested in free speech, Twitchy noted.
Many felt that a presidential press secretary should not be advocating for anyone to be fired for indulging their free speech.
Oh look, government official wants to punish a person for political speech. Remember when everyone thought that wasn’t very American? https://t.co/ItKJ9aoFJv
— Gabriel Malor (@gabrielmalor) September 13, 2017
Ok, that’s absurd. You can’t complain about Mozilla firing Brendan Eich and then say ESPN should fire Jemele Hill. https://t.co/n4ZpSMpMW6
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) September 13, 2017
No, it’s not a fireable offense, unless ESPN thinks it’s one
Stop it. https://t.co/euX2z5HDoz
— Michelle Ray (@GaltsGirl) September 13, 2017
i am old enough to remember when conservatives thought it was bad to try to get people fired for their political opinions
— Sonny Bunch (@SonnyBunch) September 13, 2017
There were many more, of course.
So, what do you think? Was Huckabee Sanders off base, here?