The ongoing national dissatisfaction with the nastily bigoted administration of President Donald Trump has shown itself in a new way this week.
Trump has often railed against various media outlets, but one that has unsurprisingly avoided his ire is ESPN. After all, they only cover sports — right?
Not quite. This Monday, ESPN’s SportsCenter co-host Jemele Hill tweet-slammed the president for his ongoing association with white supremacist and far right causes.
As part of a tweet chain that has since seemingly broken up, Hill wrote:
‘Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.’
Hill added that she finds Donald Trump to be “unqualified and unfit to be president,” adding that the belligerent businessman is “not a leader.”
ESPN published a statement responding to Hill’s comments, distancing itself from her and stating the sports host “recognizes her actions were inappropriate.”
Read ESPN’s full statement below.
It’s not as though the host’s assessment of the president is not on point. Following intense, deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, in early August sparked by the gathering of thousands upon thousands of white supremacists to “protest” the planned removal of a statue honoring the Confederacy, the president lumped those angry bigots who gathered in the town in the same category as those who turned out to protest their gathering.
Even when pressed over his refusal to single out the white supremacists for special condemnation time and time again, the president refused to do so, instead asserting that “fine people” had been marching in Charlottesville among the white supremacists.
Hey, ESPN might have had to pull a PR maneuver to keep themselves from getting dragged into the mess that is Trump-era American politics, but at least ESPN isn’t like the pathetic failure of a network that is Fox News, where network scandals seem to all involve serious allegations of sexual misconduct.
The “mainstream” CNN has itself been hit by scandals involving comments from contributors from both sides of the aisle. Longtime right wing thought leader Jeffrey Lord got booted from the network after making Nazi salutes, while left wing commentator Reza Aslan lost his job after he went on an angry tirade against the president earlier this year.
Check out Twitter’s response to the ESPN “scandal” below.
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