Earlier this week, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders went after ESPN host Jemele Hill over her calling President Donald Trump a “white supremacist,” stating that Hill’s comments were a “fireable offense.” Trump followed up Sanders’ remarks by tweeting out this morning that ESPN should apologize to him.
During today’s press briefing, Sanders was confronted by reporters for her comments and she continued the White House’s war with the Worldwide Leader as she hammered away at the network, claiming they were being hypocritical for not at least suspending Hill. Towards the end of the presser, MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson tried to get a clear answer from Sanders on the subject and ended up getting into a bit of a back-and-forth with the spokesperson.
“Hallie, I have already taken a question from you,” Sanders told Jackson as the reporter tried to get her attention. After the MSNBC reporter said she was looking for clarification, Sanders stated, “I’m just asking you to be respectful of your colleagues.”
Eventually, Sanders agreed to take an additional question from Jackson, exasperatingly saying that this would be the “last question” because they were short on time. Jackson then pressed Sanders to explain her apparent contradiction by claiming she didn’t have advice for a private company but was obviously giving advice to ESPN.
“It is not my decision to make for a private company,” Sanders replied. “I was asked specific about that individual. I made a comment. I stand by it. I think ESPN needs to stand by the standard that they have set in the own actions that they have taken about previous employees. I really don’t have much else to add on that front.”
Watch the clip above, via CNN.
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