ESPN has decided to publicly censor anchor Jemele Hill for criticizing President Donald Trump -- furthering the backlash.
It started, as so many scandals in the Trump era, with a tweet:
@DonnyParlock @demillz84 @JayG34 He is unqualified and unfit to be president. He is not a leader. And if he were no… https://t.co/5C01j9yjig— Jemele Hill (@Jemele Hill) 1505174545.0
ESPN responded with a statement distancing themselves from their popular host, stating, "she recognizes her actions were inappropriate."
Unsurprisingly, that made things worse.
So...ESPN's official stance is "white supremacy is fine please keep watching sports"? https://t.co/7y3yabFTzX— Dan Wilbur (@Dan Wilbur) 1505264052.0
And prominent advocates rallied to defend Hill criticizing President Trump.
This is an ooutrageous attack on @jemelehill and the first amendment by the White House. https://t.co/fvY8iluqMG— ColorOfChange (@ColorOfChange) 1505332626.0
We are with you @jemelehill ✊🏾— Colin Kaepernick (@Colin Kaepernick) 1505269925.0
Jemele told the truth. https://t.co/Esr1QOUntX— Jamil Smith (@Jamil Smith) 1505253290.0
Retweet if you agree with @jemelehill: Donald Trump is a white supremacist.— Women's March (@Women's March) 1505276951.0
Trump spox Sarah Sanders says ESPN host Jemele Hill tweets calling Trump a white supremacist should be "fireable offense."— Steve Peoples (@Steve Peoples) 1505328162.0
When people are more mad at Jemele Hill for calling Trump a white supremacist than at Trump for being a white supre… https://t.co/tLCwE7M05u— L (@L) 1505254173.0
Hill was back in the anchor chair for Wednesday's "The Six" hour of SportsCenter.
Jemele is tough as hell. The people in the White House, Tucker Carlson, these are people without calluses. No work ethic. Soft as shit.— Dave Zirin (@Dave Zirin) 1505340372.0