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Wednesday, 13 September 2017 23:31

White House says Jemele Hill calling Trump a racist is a 'fireable offense.' Trump once called Obama a racist.

Written by  Aaron Blake

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Sept. 13 ESPN anchor Jemele Hill's comments calling President Trump a white supremacist was a "fireable offense." ESPN said Hill's comments do not represent their position.

(Reuters)

This post has been updated.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders suggested Wednesday that ESPN host Jemele Hill should be fired for calling President Trump a “white supremacist.” And as our Philip Bump notes, it’s highly unusual for the president to try to exert that kind of influence over private business — not to mention the media.

It’s also hypocritical.

It’s one thing if Trump were as pure as the driven snow. But even if you set aside the accuracy of such claims, which is a matter of opinion, Hill calling Trump a racist is hardly far afield of the tactics Trump himself has employed during his political rise. He even called his predecessor — you guessed it — a racist.

That came in a 2012 tweet. A conservative media outlet had just unearthed a 2007 speech from President Obama mentioning Jeremiah Wright, and Trump tweeted that it "shows that Obama is a racist."

Obama's '07 speech which @DailyCaller just released not only shows that Obama is a racist but also how the press always covers for him.

Read more at WashingtonPost

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