White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was roasted on Twitter after she said in a press briefing Wednesday that ESPN anchor Jemele Hill should be fired for calling President Trump a "white supremacist." 

Hill, an African-American anchor for "SC6," the new 6 p.m. version of ESPN’s "Sports Centre," made the remark Tuesday in a Twitter tirade. 

In the light of the controversy, ESPN issued a formal statement on Twitter and wrote that the comments made by Hill did not represent ESPN’s views on Trump. They further clarified that they had already spoken with her on the matter and she acknowledged her comments were inappropriate. 

However, despite ESPN’s statement, the comments were criticized by the White House. On Wednesday, when Washington Post reporter David Nakamura questioned Sanders about the Twitter rant, the press secretary said the president was not aware of the comments made on him. She also called the "outrageous" comments a 'fireable offense." 

After the press secretary's remark, Twitter users started mocking at her. Several posts were shared on the microblogging site with the hashtag "#FireSarah." Many users expressed shock at the idea of the White House encouraging ESPN to fire someone for criticizing the president.  

The Washington Post also published an article that referred to Trump’s 2012 tweets where he had called former President Barack Obama a racist and questioned his birth. Trump also claimed Obama was a 'secret Muslim' who was lying about his birthplace. 

Her colleagues at ESPN also came out in Hill's support. Talking to Sports Illustrated, veteran NFL reporter Jim Trotter spoke fondly of Hill and said, “Black folk is tired and we have to recognize some of the things that are going on in this country and we have to be honest about it and meet it head on. If you are black and know the history of our country, you can understand her frustration. It is time we stop pretending it is not true. The reason I tweeted what I tweeted is I know Jemele, I have spent time with her, I know what she is about, and I wanted to say that I support her as a friend and a colleague. If anyone has a problem with that, that is on them.”

The National Association of Black Journalists also commented on the matter and supported Hill's First Amendment rights. “An award-winning, veteran journalist who has distinguished herself for having insightful opinions and perspectives on a variety of topics. We support Hill's First Amendment rights on all matters of discussion, within and outside the world of sports, as they do not impinge on her duties as a host and commentator," the remark by the association read, CNN reported. 

Following the outrage over her tweets, Hill decided to address the elephant in the room on Thursday and tweeted that she expressed her personal beliefs in the comments.