Jemele Hill (pictured) should be fired from her job as an ESPN commentator, according to White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Wednesday
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has called for ESPN host Jemele Hill to be fired for calling Donald Trump a 'white supremacist.'
Hill tweeted Monday that Trump is a 'bigot' and a 'white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/other white supremacists.'
She also called him 'unqualified and unfit to be president' and said that 'if he were not white, he would never have been elected'.
On Wednesday, during a White House briefing on hurricane relief, Sanders responded by saying that she thought the 'outrageous' remarks should be a 'fireable offense.'
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Sanders had been asked by a reporter about whether the president was familiar with Hill's remarks, and whether the White House had a response to them.
'I'm not sure if he's aware but I think that's one of the more outrageous comments that anyone could make,' Sanders replied.
'And certainly is something that I think is a fireable offense by ESPN.'
The channel itself distanced itself from the host's remarks on Tuesday when its ESPN PR Twitter account tweeted: 'The comments on Twitter 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.'
Hill called President Trump 'a white supremacist' in a social media rant on Monday, something that Sanders called 'outrageous' and a fireable offense
She said Trump is 'unqualified and 'unfit' for the role presidency
Hill has not publicly addressed the controversy on her Twitter account.
The furor kicked off while Hill was in a conversation regarding 'racist' singer Kid Rock's potential Senate run.
She transferred the conversation over to the President, writing in fiery tweets: 'Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.
'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.
'Trump is the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime. His rise is a direct result of white supremacy. Period.'
She also called him a 'bigot,' and write: 'He is unqualified and unfit to be president. He is not a leader. And if he were not white, he never would have been elected.'
The comments, which have since been deleted, received backlash and praise
ESPN PR addressed the comments on Tuesday as 'inappropriate'
Just weeks ago, Hill was slammed for comparing police officers to the 'slave patrols' that enforced discipline on pre-Civil War plantations.
Hill made the remarks in late July on Twitter again, echoing comments made by the former San Francisco