White House calls for ESPN anchor to be fired after calling Donald Trump racist

White House calls for ESPN anchor to be fired after calling Donald Trump racist

Jemele Hill called the US president a white supremacist on social media

Thursday, September 14, 2017

The White House has called for a TV anchor to be fired after she called Donald Trump racist on Twitter.

Jemele Hill, a journalist on American sports channel ESPN, said on Twitter the US president was "a white supremacist" who had surrounded himself with other white supremacists on September 12. 

A follow-up tweet blasted Trump as "the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime", saying he had risen to power as a "direct result" of white supremacy.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House Press Secretary, responded to the comments by saying they are among the most outrageous a person could make and represented a "fireable offence" 

Meanwhile, ESPN distanced itself from the comments, saying they represented Hill's own views and not those of the corporation. 

The statement said they had addressed the journalist over her comments made on the social network, and she had recognised they were inappropriate.