On Wednesday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders fired back at ESPN’s Jemele Hill after the journalist and ESPN host called Donald Trump a “white supremecist.”
According to The Washington Post, Sanders told reporters, “That’s one of the more outrageous comments that anyone could make and certainly something that I think is a fireable offense by ESPN.”
On Monday, Hill issued a series of tweets in which she stated, “Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.”
ESPN later issued a statement condemning Hill’s comments, stating that the host “recognizes her actions were inappropriate.”
The network quickly came under fire with many believing ESPN had decided to take a conservative approach to Trump’s presidency.
While Trump’s views on white supremacy haven’t quite been clear, Sanders said on Wednesday, “I know that the president has met with people like Senator Scott who are highly respected leaders in the African American community. He’s committed to working with them to bring the country together. I think that’s where we need to be focused — not on outrageous statements like that one.”