ESPN Anchor Calls Trump Racist And The White House Says She Should Be Fired

Jemele Hill, a regular commentator on ESPN and co-host of “SC6 with Michael and Jemele,” stirred some controversy for some tweets of hers. Hill called Trump a “white supremacist who surrounds himself with white supremacists” and “Trump is the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime. His rise is a direct result of white supremacy. Period.”

Strong words, but it’s hard to argue that Trump, the president literally endorsed by the KKK, is not spreading white supremacy. However, talking bad about the president can get one into trouble from their employer as they may not want the trouble back on the network. ESPN has distanced themselves from Hill. That really isn’t surprising as they are a business and having their employee bash the president may be bad for business (though with Trump’s approval rating so low, it might actually be good to support Hill).

ESPN said: “The comments on Twitter from Jemele Hill regarding the president do not represent the position of ESPN. We have addressed this with Jemele and she recognizes her actions were inappropriate.”

It would have been nice to see ESPN support Hill for her very reasonable comments, but again, they are a business and it’s not that strange for them to take a more neutral stance here. What is concerning is that the White House felt the need to comment too!

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders directly said that Hill should be fired for her comments: “That is one of the more outrageous comments that anybody could make and certainly is something that is a fireable offense by ESPN.” Huckabee Sanders went on to say how Trump is making an effort to fight for the rights of African Americans.

This is a problem. The White House has NO BUSINESS suggesting what a private citizen should be allowed to say and suggesting that they should be punished by their employer.

Free speech is often argued about on the internet, but what is often missed that it refers to government intervention. Someone being deplatformed from speaking at a college is not a violation of free speech. Someone being fired for saying something awful is not a violation of free speech. But when the government suggests someone should be fired for their words, that is very troubling.

I hope to see all the free speech supporters stand with Hill, even if they disagree with her. These are scary times.

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