During a Twitter rant last week, ESPN commentator Jemele Hill now infamously called popular vote loser Donald J. Trump a “white supremacist,” sparking both applause/praise and outrage.
Add The White House to the list of outraged, apparently, as Press Sec. Sarah Huckabee Sanders called on ESPN to fire Hill over the remarks. Yes, the White House is now calling for private citizens to be fired from their jobs.
Here’s a suggestion: If you want people to stop calling you a white supremacist, maybe stop acting like a white supremacist? A novel thought, I know.
In an ironic twist, complaints are being brought to Sanders herself now, because her suggesting ESPN fire Hill may have actually been a fireable offense for Sanders.
The White House says an ESPN host should be fired for criticizing Trump pic.twitter.com/iNfurPapyh
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) September 13, 2017
Here is the code Sarah Huckabee Sanders in believed to be in violation of:
18 U.S. Code § 227 – Wrongfully influencing a private entity’s employment decisions by a Member of Congress or an officer or employee of the legislative or executive branch
(a) Whoever, being a covered government person, with the intent to influence, solely on the basis of partisan political affiliation, an employment decision or employment practice of any private entity—
(1) takes or withholds, or offers or threatens to take or withhold, an official act, or
(2) influences, or offers or threatens to influence, the official act of another, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for not more than 15 years, or both, and may be disqualified from holding any office of honor, trust, or profit under the United States.
(b) In this section, the term “covered government person” means—
(1) a Senator or Representative in, or a Delegate or Resident Commissioner to, the Congress;
(2) an employee of either House of Congress; or
(3) the President, Vice President, an employee of the United States Postal Service or the Postal Regulatory Commission, or any other executive branch employee (as such term is defined under section 2105 of title 5, United States Code).
Here’s what Hill said that sparked the outrage:
Clearly, Sarah Huckabee Sanders is wrong for “influencing a private entity’s employment decisions” as defined by the U.S. code above.