Sick of the president attacking ESPN for not firing Jemele Hill after she tweeted that President Trump is a white supremacist, liberal Twitter is rallying behind the SportsCenter anchor with a new #NaziBucketChallenge hashtag today.
A tongue-in-cheek reference to the #IceBucketChallenge used to raise money to combat ALS, the #NaziBucketChallenge dares Americans from all walks of life to state who they are, what they do, and that they agree that the president is a white supremacist.
Trump incurred a torrent of criticism last month after his statements suggesting that some of the people who marched in Charlottesville with neo-Nazis and the KKK were “very fine people” and that statues of Confederate generals should continue to stand in the South.
Fox News contributor Tomi Lahren, lashed back on Sean Hannity’s all-white panel this week, saying, ““Maybe ESPN really values diversity, but not so much diversity of opinion,” citing the network’s keeping Ms. Hill after her tweet, but firing Curt Schilling for posting an offensive meme opposing transgendered people using whatever bathroom they prefer.
However, there is a distinct difference between attacking an already-targeted group and standing up to a president who has openly advocated police brutality, said “Islam hates us,” and called Mexicans “rapists.”
As the #NaziBucketChallenge shows, many Americans have run out of excuses for this administration’s amping up of white supremacist policies and the president’s bigoted rhetoric. More and more folks are ready to call him what he his.
Lucia Brawley is a Harvard- and Yale-educated writer, producer, actor, and political organizer. She runs the progressive political Facebook group Consenting to Lead. To learn more, please go to luciabrawley.com.