ESPN’s Jemele Hill is under fire once again for her controversial comments.
The SportsCenter co-host has been slammed for describing President Trump as ‘a white supremacist’ in a post on her Twitter page.
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The sports commentator 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.’
The comments, which have since been taken down, received backlash and praise.
ESPN PR addressed the matter Tuesday afternoon, citing the remarks were ‘inappropriate,’ uncalled for, and not a reflection of the network’s views as a whole.
In the Twitter statement, ESPN wrote: ‘The comments on Twitter Jemele Hill regarding the president do not represent the position of ESPN. We have addressed this with Jemele and she recognizes her actions were inappropriate.’
Just weeks ago, Hill was slammed for comparing police officers to the ‘slave patrols’ that enforced discipline on pre-Civil War plantations.
Hill made the remarks in late July on Twitter again, echoing comments made by the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick.
Hill was lamenting that Kaepernick, who has struggled to find a new contract after making repeated headlines for his protests against the treatment of non-whites, had not been signed by the Baltimore Ravens.
The Ravens, looking for a passer after quarterback Joe Flacco suffered a back injury, instead signed complete unknown David Olson, who completed three passes in college and most recently played arena football in Kansas City.
‘Oh and ICYMI, the Ravens signed a dude who quit football to be a realtor and played in 2 games in college over a Super Bowl QB,’ Hill tweeted, referring to Kaepernick’s starting quarterback role in the 2013 season, in which the 49ers lost the Super Bowl to the Seattle Seahawks.
‘I feel like it’s been forgotten that he basically called (all) cops ‘slave patrol.’ I mean, that’s pretty inflammatory,’ responded Nathanael Johnson, offering a possible rationale for the Raven’s decision.
In June, Kaepernick, responding to the jury verdict that acquitted the police officer who shot Philando Castile, posted a picture that showed similarly shaped badges reading ‘Runaway Slave Patrol’ and ‘Police Officer’.
Slave patrols were groups of white men who used force and violence to impose discipline on the black slave populations of antebellum plantations in the southern states.
‘Inflammatory, but historically accurate,’ Hill responded to Johnson’s comment, endorsing the comparison.
Johnson replied: ‘There’s historically truth there, yes … but is it fair to say now to all the cops, esp when many minorities serve?’
Amid subscriber losses, ESPN has increasingly been accused of pushing a ‘liberal’ political agenda, accusations Hill has often been at the center of.
She responded to these claims at a June conference in Manhattan.
‘Sports have always been political,’ Hill said in remarks reported by Yahoo Finance.
Hill said that athletes often push political agendas, ‘dragging’ sports journalists who cover them along with them.
She also implied that complaints over the alleged liberal bent were really racist sentiment in disguise.
‘As you see more ethnic diversity, then all of a sudden ESPN is too liberal,’ she said. ‘So I wonder, when people say that, what they’re really saying.’