'No Wonder ESPN Ratings Have Tanked': Trump Targets Jemele Hill On Twitter
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Donald Trump directed a tweet at Jemele Hill on Tuesday morning following ESPN's announcement that they were suspending the sports journalist for violating their social media guidelines.
"With Jemele Hill at the mike, it is no wonder ESPN ratings have 'tanked,' in fact, tanked so badly it is the talk of the industry!" Trump tweeted.
\u201cWith Jemele Hill at the mike, it is no wonder ESPN ratings have "tanked," in fact, tanked so badly it is the talk of the industry!\u201d— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1507632143
Prior to that, Trump had also called out the NFL on Twitter, writing the following: "Why is the NFL getting massive tax breaks while at the same time disrespecting our Anthem, Flag, and Country? Change tax law!"
\u201cWhy is the NFL getting massive tax breaks while at the same time disrespecting our Anthem, Flag and Country? Change tax law!\u201d— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1507630427
Hill had called Trump a white supremacist back in September on Twitter, saying that he has "surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists" and is "the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime. His rise is a direct result of white supremacy. Period."
ESPN ended up condemning Hill's statements, with the sports journalist apologizing for her remarks. "Twitter wasn't the place to vent my frustrations," Hill said in a short essay for The Undefeated.
Now, Hill faces a two-week suspension from ESPN after she suggested an advertiser boycott of the Dallas Cowboys following Jerry Jones' announcement that he would punish football players who kneeled during the national anthem.
"Jemele Hill has been suspended for two weeks for a second violation of our social media guidelines. She previously acknowledged letting her colleagues and company down with an impulsive tweet," ESPN said in a statement. "In the aftermath, all employees were reminded of how individual tweets may reflect negatively on ESPN and that such actions would have consequences. Hence this decision."