Trump Lashes Out at ESPN After 'SportsCenter' Anchor's Criticism

Jemele Hill former ESPN anchor in Houston Texas Feb 3 2017

President Donald Trump set himself up this morning when he tweeted a demand that ESPN apologize for Jemele Hill's "untruths" about him.

"My comments on Twitter expressed my personal beliefs", Hill said in a statement posted on Twitter late Wednesday.

The tweet comes after the White House has clashed with ESPN anchor Jemele Hill, who called Trump a "white supremacist" and a "bigot" on Twitter.

Sanders added that she's not sure whether Trump knows of Hill's tweets.

One member of the press corps explicitly asked Sanders if she or Trump is calling for ESPN to fire Hill.

"I said it was not my decision to make", Sanders responded. "I'm just asking you to be respectful of your colleagues", Sanders said before another reporter shot back at Sanders, accusing Sanders of not effectively answering a previous question about Hill. She first got pushback on her own Twitter feed, where she doubled down and called Trump an "unfit, bigoted, incompetent moron".

Sanders said Thursday that calling the president a white supremacist should be a "fireable offense".

ESPN presenter Jemele Hill at the Why Are We Still Talking About This? She covered primarily MSU sports from 1999-2005 before joining ESPN.

Initially, ESPN denounced her comments Tuesday, earning the ire of people on the right, who felt the network was too lenient on her, and those on the left, who felt it was too severe. When she refused to issue a general apology, the network tried to remove her from hosting "SportsCenter" on Wednesday, the same day as the White House's rebuke.

Earlier in the week, Hill tweeted that she thinks that Trump is a white supremacist. which prompted a firestorm of negativity from many on the Internet. "I think that's where we need to be focused - not on outrageous statements like that one".

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