During today’s White House press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders weighed in on the latest media controversy. Regarding the whole brouhaha that has developed over ESPN host Jemele Hill tweeting that the President Donald Trump is a “white supremacist” — something Hill has since been reprimanded for — Sanders used the podium to declare that Hill’s comments were a “fireable offense.”
Well, considering that the White House spokesperson called on a private individual to be terminated from her job, it didn’t take long for Twitter to react.
Today, the White House press secretary used the people's podium to call for the firing of an individual citizen, @jemelehill. Take that in.
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) September 13, 2017
— Bakari Sellers (@Bakari_Sellers) September 13, 2017
Fucking bullshit. https://t.co/Y4Hmz8RNij
— Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) September 13, 2017
So AG Jeff Sessions coddles abusive cops; wants to pull back from consent decrees, but y'all mad at @jemelehill? Sit the hell down.
— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) September 13, 2017
where's Jemele Hill's lie? https://t.co/wrMRVVNajE
— Eric Boehlert (@EricBoehlert) September 13, 2017
White House targeting Jemele Hill is a direct violation of her 1st Amendment constitutional rights. Also a violation of her human rights.
— Tia Oso (@Tia_Oso) September 13, 2017
Trump wouldn’t condemn NAZIS calling for the annihilation of Jews and Black people, but wants Jemele Hill fired? 🤔
— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) September 13, 2017
It's hard to overstate how troubling it is for the White House to call for a private citizen to be fired.
— Jared Yates Sexton (@JYSexton) September 13, 2017
W.H. officials have pressured media companies about critics in *private* before. But this time it happened in public https://t.co/BB3mp1nMHF
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) September 13, 2017
Well I think it’s Sarah Sanders’s comments about Jemele Hill’s comments that were outrageous & un-American & a fireable offense. So there.
— Touré (@Toure) September 13, 2017
Trump spox says if you call Trump a white supremacist u should be fired. Well I shouldve been fired a year ago: https://t.co/U9xphw3JrK
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@Deanofcomedy) September 13, 2017
a) Jemele Hill > Sarah Sanders
b) Jemele is right
c) White House can't tell media organizations who to hire/fire.
Other than that, super https://t.co/3UM0IE2QGx
— Alex Kirshner (@alex_kirshner) September 13, 2017
Sarah must think Jemele Hill works at the White House. You can lie under oath & commit treason. But insult fragile Trump? Fireable offense! https://t.co/mgPxg95ohi
— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) September 13, 2017
Meanwhile, Politico’s Jack Shafer felt that this was all just a tactic by the White House to distract the media:
"What can we do to get the press to chase its tail?"
"How about have Sanders call for Jemele Hill's firing?"
— Jack Shafer (@jackshafer) September 13, 2017
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