People are angry at ESPN's response to Jemele Hill calling Trump a white supremacist

ESPN is facing backlash for the way it responded after one of its hosts called President Donald Trump a "white supremacist."

Jemele Hill, co-host of the hourlong program "SC6," tweeted her views on Monday night:

ESPN responded on Tuesday, saying Hill's views did not reflect those of the company, and calling the comments "inappropriate," without specifying why.

Click through to see the varied social media reactions to ESPN's response:

Social media reactions to ESPN-Jemele Hill controversy
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Social media reactions to ESPN-Jemele Hill controversy

On September 11, ESPN's Jemele Hill tweeted that President Trump was a "white supremacist," to which ESPN responded that Hill's remarks were "inappropriate."

Social media was quick to sound off on the controversy ...

We are with you @jemelehill ✊🏾
Poor @jemelehill ! If this twit ever opened a book she might learn that white supremacy is the legacy of the party…
@jemelehill @Millz2BeMade Fire this racist, no talent, non educated POS...shes a joke & works at ESPN for ONE reaso…
@jemelehill thank you for speaking the truth. Im sorry u are being silenced. But u are 100 percent right about trump
@vlov327 @Kaepernick7 @jemelehill Donald Trump is not, never was, never will be a White Supremacist. Saying that he…
I hope despite what her employer decided@jemelehill feels the overwhelming love and support for her & her stance was 100% correct.
All the white tears over Jemele Hill this morning 😂 #jemelehill
@jemelehill I dont understand how uneducated people continue to get jobs in the media. Sports or otherwise.
@jemelehill It's crystal clear that anyone who doesn't share your insular, bigoted, racist views, u label them as r…
@jemelehill Everything you said was the truth 💯it amazes me the studity in ppl. Damn shame
@jemelehill You should be fired. Goes to show bigots come in all shapes and sizes. #BoycottESPN
I like @jemelehill but when will celebrities realize I care about your opinion on sports and nothing else. #StayInYourLane
We are with you @jemelehill #StayWoke✊🏾
So because @realDonaldTrump is "president" he's above criticism? @jemelehill keep talking that that talk. They don't wanna hear the truth
And yet somehow Jemele Hill was being inappropriate? Nah.

Critics bristled at the sports network's statement, accusing it of not condemning Hill's remarks about Trump strongly enough. Others echoed those sentiments, while suggesting ESPN fired other commentators — like baseball analyst Curt Schilling — for lesser offenses in the past.

Supporters applauded Hill, a former Detroit Free Press sports writer who joined ESPN in 2006, citing Trump's past remarks about people living in the US illegally, and his defense of some white nationalists, and white supremacists — including remarks Trump made last month about a rally that turned deadly in Charlottesville, Virginia.

This is only the latest of such criticism ESPN has received in the past year. As the network sought to boost more diverse voices on its air, some viewers saw those moves as a sign of an increasing "liberal bias" at the network.

As Business Insider sports editor Cork Gaines reported in May, ESPN radio host Dan Le Batard slapped away those accusations, which Le Batard said were "coming from people who are 'bothered' by ESPN's attempt to offer a diversity of viewpoints.

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