ESPN host blasted for calling Donald Trump supremacist


ESPN host blasted for calling Donald Trump supremacist

Hill lit up social media when she called the president a "white supremacist" in an extensive tweet rant. She hadn't deleted the post in question as of Tuesday night.

The White House has hit out at an ESPN anchor who accused President Donald Trump of being a bigot, suggesting she should be fired.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump, whose administration has shamelessly stoked racial tensions to fuel its political agenda of white supremacy-is still gainfully employed.

Other ESPN hosts and personalities have addressed politics and race in recent weeks, including after the deadly attack and protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August.

Six months later, Schilling said during an interview that then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton should be "buried under a jail somewhere", in reference to her email scandal.

"That's where we need to be focused", she said at the time.

The reaction to Hill's comments quickly escalated far beyond a debate over workplace protocols for social media. "[ESPN President] John Skipper has certainly made diversity in his view a business innovation for ESPN and has moved the company to the left".

While the secretary did not directly advocate that ESPN terminate Hill, she made it clear that she believes the host committed an offense that should have been met with such action.

From inside ESPN, the public response has been tellingly restrained, employees aggrieved over the network not supporting Hill (or not suspending her) and debating how open to be. Hill is an anchor on ESPN's "SportsCenter". Cord-cutting and unbundling has had an impact, no doubt. Marginalized communities, we're always asked to be polite, we're always asked to compromise, we're always asked not to say certain things - while other individuals are allowed to say whatever they want. ESPN suspended Hill once before, in 2008, when she compared rooting for the Boston Celtics to having sympathy for Adolf Hitler in a column. "It's like hoping Gorbachev would get to the blinking red button before Reagan".

The answer to that is a slam-dunk.

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