CNN host Don Lemon said if President Trump is whining because he wants an apology from ESPN’s Jamele Hill for calling him as a white supremacist, Trump should first say sorry to former President Obama.
“I think when the president worked for NBC at “The Apprentice,” and he said that Barack Obama was not born in this country, and he called Barack Obama a racist, if he apologizes for that, then maybe ESPN should apologize,” Lemon told TMZ, in a video posted on Sunday.
Lemon’s words come after Hill, who is a co-host on ESPN’s “Sports Center,” called Donald Trump a white supremacist on Twitter.
Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 11, 2017
The network distances itself from Hill in a statement, claiming her views did not represent the network’s, but didn’t fire her.
However, the comments went too far for Trump.
“That is one of the more outrageous comments that anybody could make and certainly is something that is a fireable offense by ESPN,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders whined last week.
Trump himself criticized the comments, taking to Twitter by dishonestly and moronically saying, “ESPN is paying a really big price for its politics (and bad programming). People are dumping it in RECORD numbers. Apologize for untruth!”
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
The administration continued complaining about ESPN on Friday.
“The point is that ESPN has been hypocritical, they should hold anchors to a fair and consistent standard,” Sanders said.
“ESPN suspended a long-time anchor, Linda Cohn, not too long ago for expressing a political viewpoint. The network’s public editor has said there is a perception that ESPN has become political and that it harms the network. This is clearly a political statement, they should be consistent in whatever guidelines they have set themselves in that front.”