(CNSNews.com) - The White House weighed in Wednesday on ESPN host Jemele Hill calling the president “a white supremacist,” saying it sounds like “a fireable offense.”
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked for a reaction to Hill’s comments and whether President Donald Trump was aware of her comment.
“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,” Sanders said.
As CNSNews.com reported, Hill went on a Twitter tirade against the president, saying, “Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.”
She also called Trump “the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime,” calling his rise “a direct result of white supremacy.”
“He has surrounded himself with white supremacists -- no they are not ‘alt right’ -- and you want me to believe he isn't a white supremacist?” Hill tweeted. She called Trump “unqualified and unfit to be president."
“He is not a leader. And if he were not white, he never would have been elected,” Hill concluded.
The ESPN network issued a statement via Twitter, saying, “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.” The network did not say what if any disciplinary actions were taken against Hill.
Trump met Wednesday afternoon with Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), the first African-American elected in the South since Reconstruction. According to the White House, the two talked about moving forward after the president’s handling of the Charlottesville tragedy.
When asked why influential African-American figures are saying things like that, Sanders said, “I’m not going to speak for that individual, but I know that the president has met, again, with people like Senator Scott who are highly respected leaders in the African American community. He’s committed to working with them to bring the country together. I think that's where we need to be focused -- not on outrageous statements like that one.”