Al Sharpton told MSNBC’s Nicole Wallace on Friday that ESPN will face the “wrath” of the civil rights community if they fire Jemele Hill over her controversial comments against President Trump.
“If ESPN does this, they’re going to face the wrath of a lot us,” Sharpton said.
Firing Hill would be “robbing a person of their right to express their views,” Sharpton added.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders called for ESPN to fire Jemele Hill after the ESPN co-host tweeted that Trump was a “white supremacist.”
Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 11, 2017
“I think it’s one of the more outrageous comments that anyone could make and certainly something I think is a fireable offense by ESPN,” Sanders said on Wednesday.
Sanders explained her comments again on Friday.
“I think it is a fireable offense based on the standard that ESPN has set themselves by saying that people that go too far and make political comments have been suspended from their own network. I think that that is a consistency that they should probably focus on.”
Trump himself joined in to attack ESPN on Friday, calling on them to “apologize for untruth!”
ESPN is paying a really big price for its politics (and bad programming). People are dumping it in RECORD numbers. Apologize for untruth!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 15, 2017
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