September 13, 2017 12:10 GMT by theguardian.com

Kaepernick backs ESPN anchor Hill after she calls Trump a white supremacist

Kaepernick backs ESPN anchor Hill after she calls Trump a white supremacist

The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has tweeted his support for ESPN anchor Jemele Hill after she called Donald Trump a “white supremacist”

The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has tweeted his support for ESPN anchor Jemele Hill after she called Donald Trump a “white supremacist”.

Hill’s attack on the president caused ESPN to issue an apology on Tuesday, with the broadcaster saying her views “do not represent the position of ESPN.” And “she recognizes her actions were inappropriate”.

On Tuesday night, Kaepernick sent a tweet addressed to Hill, saying “we are with you”. Kaepernick is currently without an NFL team, something that is widely seen as due to his protest against racial injustice in the US. As part of the protest, Kaepernick chose not to stand during the national anthem last season.

Hill made her statement in a series of replies to her followers on Twitter. “Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself [with] other white supremacists,” she wrote.

“The height of white privilege is being able to ignore his white supremacy, because it’s of no threat to you. Well, it’s a threat to me,” she added. “... He is unqualified and unfit to be president. He is not a leader. And if he were not white, he never would have been elected.”

ESPN has long faced attacks from figures on the right, who accuse the broadcaster of liberal bias. In a blog earlier this year, Fox Sports’ Clay Travis attacked ESPN because it has “given awards to Caitlyn Jenner for becoming a woman, celebrated Michael Sam’s bravery in coming out gay like he was a modern-day Jackie Robinson, and covered Colin Kaepernick like he’s a modern-day Rosa Parks.”

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