President Donald Trump on Tuesday morning slammed ESPN's ratings following the announcement that network anchor Jemele Hill would be suspended for two weeks.
"With Jemele Hill at the mike, it is no wonder ESPN ratings have ‘tanked,' in fact, tanked so badly it is the talk of the industry!" Trump tweeted.
With Jemele Hill at the mike, it is no wonder ESPN ratings have "tanked," in fact, tanked so badly it is the talk of the industry!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 10, 2017
Hill was suspended for two weeks after she violated the sports network's social media guidelines for the second time in the last month.
She encouraged her Twitter followers on Sunday night to boycott Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones' advertisers after he threatened to bench any players that knelt during the national anthem.
This play always work. Change happens when advertisers are impacted. If you feel strongly about JJ's statement, boycott his advertisers. https://t.co/LFXJ9YQe74
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) October 9, 2017
This is not the first time the Trump administration has responded to Hill. The ESPN anchor's first social media guidelines "violation" came in September after she called the president and his supporters white supremacists on Twitter.
"Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists," Hill tweeted.
Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.
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— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 11, 2017
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders responded then, saying Hill's tweet against Trump last month was a "fireable offense."