The ESPN sports commentator Jemele Hill ignited the social media tirade Monday during a conversation regarding ‘racist’ singer Kid Rock’s potential Senate run.
Hill transferred the conversation over to the President, writing in fiery tweets: ‘Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists,’ Hill said.
‘The height of white privilege is being able to ignore his white supremacy, because it’s of no threat to you. Well, it’s a threat to me.
‘Trump is the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime. His rise is a direct result of white supremacy. Period,’ she added, alongside a message calling him a ‘bigot’ after.
‘He is unqualified and unfit to be president. He is not a leader. And if he were not white, he never would have been elected.’
TMZ recently caught up with Al Sharpton and he made it quite clear that he was standing with Jemele in this fight. He went so far as to say that if she does lose her job because of this, he and many others are prepared to boycott ESPN.
“Sharpton says Hill has every right to express her political views without fear that the government will call for her job.
“Let’s not forget, ESPN is regulated by the FCC. The FCC commissioners are appointed by the White House so it’s a whole different level of intimidation on media outlets when you have the press secretary [calling for a reporter’s job].”
Sharpton says he has a message for Hill — “Stand strong. If they take you out, many of us in the civil rights community will stand up for you and take ESPN off our service.”
ESPN has sent out a statement regarding tweets from SportsCenter anchor Jemele Hill that were sent out Monday, saying her views didn’t reflect those of the network. ESPN’s statement said Hill realizes her actions were inappropriate.