A tweet posted by ESPN “SportsCenter” host Jemele Hill labeling President Donald Trump a “white supremacist” continued to make waves on Wednesday after a Washington Post reporter asked about it during the press secretary’s news conference.
White House correspondent David Nakamura began his question by reading Hill’s tweet, then asking press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders whether the president was aware of it.
“I’m not sure 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,” Huckabee Sanders said.
Hill’s tweet about Trump came just before 8 p.m. Monday as a reply to three others who had joined a conversation sparked by an earlier tweet about musician Kid Rock, who has spent much of the summer teasing about a Republican run for the U.S. Senate.
“Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists,” she posted.
Hill originally commented on an article tweeted by the Hill about Kid Rock’s rejection of being labeled a racist because he favors the Confederate flag.
“He loves black people so much that he pandered to racists by using a flag that unquestionably stands for dehumanizing black people,” she said via Twitter.
Hill’s tweet about Kid Rock spurred hundreds of responses, which eventually resulted in a discussion of the White House.
Among those offering support for Hill online was Colin Kaepernick, who told her via Twitter, “We are with you,” and who himself has been highly critical of Trump. The former 49ers quarterback has been notably unable to…
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