Rev. Al Sharpton says he is preparing to unleash "wrath" on ESPN should they fire Sportscenter co-anchor Jemele Hill.
Hill caused a stir when she went on a lengthy Twitter, smearing President Donald Trump as a "white supremacist" without providing any evidence of her claim. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders threw fuel on the fire by stating that Hill's comments were a "fireable offense."
Sharpton took serious umbrage to the White House's interference and says he is prepared to make ESPN's life miserable should they actually fire Hill.
"Many of us in the civil rights community are saying that if ESPN does this, they're going to face the wrath of a lot us," Sharpton said on MSNBC.
Sharpton went on to say that firing Hill would be a blow against freedom of expression and pointed out that Trump made a name for himself as a birther.
"You can't say that he's [Trump] a supremacist, but he can say this president [Barack Obama] was not an American?" Sharpton said.
Here's the full clip: (H/T: Daily Caller)
Sharpton also told TMZ Sports that he would boycott ESPN if they fire Hill.
"Many of us in the civil rights community for you and take ESPN off of our service," Sharpton said.
As Ben Shapiro noted, Hill's comments were asinine and unwarranted, but it is quite disturbing that Sanders would use her platform as a government employee to call for Hill to be fired. Sharpton, however, may not be the best "civil rights leader" to advocate for Hill; he has a sordid history within the civil rights movement, to say the least.
Lest we forget that Sharpton perpetuated the hoax that Tawana Brawley was gang-raped by a group of white men and the so-called "civil rights icon" has a history of anti-Semitic statements.
Given this history, ESPN should brace themselves for Sharpton's "wrath" if they decide to fire Hill.