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No, the White House Press Secretary Should Not Call ESPN Anchor Jemele Hill’s Trump Comments a ‘Fireable Offense’

Snowflakes and wannabe censors are everywhere, it seems. Yesterday, ESPN anchor Jemele Hill launched a twitter tirade against Donald Trump. It began:

There is something especially troubling about Sanders’s statement, however. Let’s not forget that she’s an agent of the state, a representative of the president. Public officials should not be calling for the termination of private critics, period. 

Finally, it’s no answer to claim that the Trump administration is merely “fighting fire with fire.” That’s not the role of the president or of anyone in his office. His role is to protect the Constitution and model its values. Sanders can and should rebut Hill’s argument, but she should immediately retract her declaration that Hill’s tweets were a fireable offense. Snowflake Republicans are no better than snowflake progressives. Respect free speech. It’s not that hard. 

David French — David French is a senior writer for National Review, a senior fellow at the National Review Institute, and a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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