This morning Trump tweeted that ESPN should apologize for it’s bad politics, most likely referring to the tweets from a SportsCenter co-host, Jemele Hill, who called Trump a ‘white supremacist’ on Twitter:
After these tweets, ESPN released a statement suggesting the tweets didn’t speak for the network, however they wouldn’t be firing her because she admitted her tweets crossed a line and apologized for doing so.
Yesterday the White House was asked about her tweets and White House spokesman Sarah Huckabee Sanders simply said they were a fireable offense. People tried to make a big deal about her saying that, but honestly, can’t the White House have an opinion on this?
After the White House made their comments, Hill said this on Twitter:
Clearly she’s not apologizing for what she said, simply that it made ESPN look bad. And this is enough for ESPN to keep her on as a co-host of one of their main shows?
I bet Kurt Schilling would have something to say about this. Oh wait, he did:
anyone asking. She didn't get fired 'cauee disney and ESPN are fine w/liberal racism vs conservative logic. Only naysayers to that are liars— Curt Schilling (@gehrig38) September 13, 2017
Here is Trump’s tweet calling for an apology:
ESPN is paying a really big price for its politics (and bad programming). People are dumping it in RECORD numbers. Apologize for untruth!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 15, 2017
There is a big double standard over the way Schilling was treated and the apparent way Hill is being treated. At the very least Hill should be suspended, just as Schilling was when he tweeted a truth-telling image about ‘Muslim extremists’.
But seriously, can you imagine what would happen if an ESPN co-host said something similar about Obama? ESPN would drop them like a bad habit.
So yes, I don’t begrudge Trump for being ticked about it and wanting an apology. However, I don’t honestly believe the tweet was aimed as much at getting any apology than it was at making sure his social media followers know about it so they can take matters into their own hands if they so choose.