Hill tweeted Monday that Trump is a ‘bigot’ and a ‘white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/other white supremacists.’
She also called him ‘unqualified and unfit to be president’ and said that ‘if he were not white, he would never have been elected’.
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Sanders had been asked by a reporter about whether the president was familiar with Hill’s remarks, and whether the White House had a response to them.
‘I’m not sure if he’s aware but I think that’s one of the more outrageous comments that anyone could make,’ Sanders replied.
The channel itself distanced itself from the host’s remarks on Tuesday when its ESPN PR Twitter account tweeted: ‘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.’