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Jemele Hill, a reporter for ESPN, recently tweeted that Trump is a white supremacist. This sparked some backlash against Hill and led to press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, to call for Hill to be fired.

During Wednesday’s press briefing, Sanders stated:

“I think that is one of the more outrageous comments that anyone could make. It is certainly something that I think would be a fireable offense by ESPN.”

On Friday, The Democratic Coalition, an anti-Trump super-PAC, announed that they filed a complaint against Sanders with the Office of Government Ethics.

“When Sarah Huckabee Sanders called for Jemele Hill to be fired by ESPN, she crossed the line and put herself in dubious legal territory,” Coalition Chairman Jon Cooper put out in a statement.
“For Sanders to publicly call for the dismissal of a Trump critic is bizarre and disturbing, to say the least,” Cooper went on. “If anyone is to be fired, it should be her.”

The Democratic Coalition cited a federal law which prohibits certain government employees, including any employee of the executive branch, from influencing employment decisions of private companies  “solely on the basis of partisan political affiliation.”
Penalties for breaking the law can include up to 15 years in prison and/or a fine.


“This is yet another example of the Trump White House’s blatant disregard for the Constitution and its authoritarian efforts to quiet dissenters,”Nate Lerner, the group’s Executive Director, said. “It is of the utmost importance that we hold the Trump administration accountable for this illicit behavior and protect our democratic institutions.”

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