This is just ugly.
ESPN anchor Jemele Hill found herself in the middle of a firestorm after tweeting that President Donald Trump is a "white supremacist."
While the tweets have since been deleted and ESPN issued an apology on the matter to save themselves from the wrath of the Trump administration, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders didn't seem to think that was enough, calling Hill's comments "outrageous" and "fireable."
Watch Sanders address the situation here:
Honestly, it's hard for me to even find correct, appropriate words for this, but here we go.
Why in god's name does the Press Secretary find it okay to call for the firing of a PRIVATE citizen for using her First Amendment rights? We've seen other public servants (including the man sitting in the White House) abuse this privilege in a much worse way, yet they get defended because their words are in line with this administration's agenda.
To put this hypocrisy into some context:
It's just flat out wrong.
Sanders also may have shot herself and the White House in the foot as well with these comments. It has only been an hour since this press briefing, and backlash against what the Press Secretary found acceptable to say has already spread like wildfire:
Donald Trump is a white supremacist whose administration promotes policies aimed at maintaining white supremacy. I stand with @jemelehill— Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) September 13, 2017
The beauty of free speech is that everybody is supposed to be entitled to their own opinions, including their opinions of the state. If somebody can't voice such an opinion without fear of being attacked by the state, what do they really have?
Give Hill the respect she deserves.