Then she wrote: "Trump is the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime".
But the TV host quickly pivoted to Trump, calling him an "unfit, bigoted, incompetent moron" who had empowered white supremacists. He is not a leader. "And if he were not white, he would never have been elected".
But ESPN feels that its 6:00 p.m. SportsCenter anchor Jemele Hill went too far, and poorly represented the company.
Hill's remarks and ESPN's response gained widespread attention in conservative media circles on Tuesday and Wednesday, including on some of Trump's favorite Fox News shows.
I think she is a talented broadcaster, a provocative writer and one of the brightest stars in the ESPN universe.
ESPN responded with a brief statement shared on Twitter that distanced Hill's comments from the network.
A truth that was deeply explored in a standout piece, "The First White President" by journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates for The Atlantic, days before Hill's comments. Travis, a shock jock reporter who got into trouble with advertisers in 2016 for criticizing Vanderbilt University for removing the word "Confederate" from its historic Confederate Memorial Hall, has been on a campaign to malign ESPN's political programming.
"If I said anything of equivalency to Obama, I would have been gone much sooner than I was", tweeted out former ESPN staffer Britt McHenry, who has previously accused the network of laying her off for her conservative politics.
There's been a substantial backlash to the backlash, with Hill's supporters saying she described Trump accurately, and should not be reprimanded for having done so. Whether you agree with that statement or not likely nearly entirely depends on how you voted. ESPN caved despite, you know, plenty of white guys also being auctioned off in a fantasy football context. Marginalized communities, we're always asked to be polite, we're always asked to compromise, we're always asked not to say certain things - while other individuals are allowed to say whatever they want.
As a homework assignment, just check out the twitter reaction to Hill's comments online today.
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