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White House Calls For Firing Of ESPN Anchor

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White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Sept. 13 that ESPN should fire one of its anchors, Jemele Hill, for comments she made on Twitter.

Hill called President Donald Trump a white supremacist in a series of messages, according to The Hill.

"Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists," Hill wrote.

ESPN has not fired Hill, but the network released a statement saying she had been reprimanded.

"The comments on Twitter from Jemele Hill regarding the president do not represent the position of ESPN," the statement declared, according to The Hill. "We have addressed this with Jemele and she recognizes her actions were inappropriate."

Hill made a similar point in two further tweets.

"Trump is the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime. His rise is a direct result of white supremacy. Period," added Hill.

"The height of white privilege is being able to ignore his white supremacy, because it's of no threat to you. Well, it's a threat to me," she wrote.

Huckabee Sanders took a very different view.

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"That is one of the more outrageous comments that anybody could make and certainly is something that is a fireable offense by ESPN," Sanders said during a press conference.

The press secretary defended Trump's record, arguing that he has met with Sen. Tim Scott and "other highly respected leaders in the African American community" and is "committed to working with them to bring the country together."

She added that Trump and Scott spoke "in depth" about race, but "primarily focused on solutions moving forward," according to CNN.

"That's where we need to be focused, not on outrageous statements like this one," she added, The Hill reported.

Sanders went on to note that Trump "looks forward" to signing a resolution that condemns white supremacists. The document was passed by the House and Senate and calls on the president to officially condemn "white nationalists, white supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis, and other hate groups," according to CNN.

The bipartisan resolution was prompted by Trump's reaction to the Aug. 12 racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. The president reacted by criticizing "hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides" and described some of the neo-Nazis and white supremacists who were involved in the protest as "very fine people."

The violence led to the death of one counter-protester. The resolution described the violence as a "domestic terrorist attack."

In addition, the resolution urges Trump to "use all resources available to the president and the president's Cabinet to address the growing prevalence of those hate groups in the United States."

Sources: The Hill, CNN / Featured Image: U.S. Department of Energy/Flickr via Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: Billy Hathorn/Wikimedia Commons, Gage Skidmore/Flickr via Wikimedia Commons

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