Donald Trump and Jemele Hill

Donald Trump and Jemele Hill

*Donald Trump woke up this morning and decided to target ESPN’s Jemele Hill by name, one day after the network suspended her for violating its social media policy a second time.

The African-American co-host of the 6 p.m. edition of “SportsCenter” was benched for two weeks after tweeting about Jerry Jones’ declaration Sunday that his Dallas Cowboys players who disrespect the flag would not play for his team. Hill tweeted that Jones “created a problem for his players, specifically the black ones. If they don’t kneel, some will see them as sellouts.” She also suggested fans who disagree with Jones should boycott the team’s advertisers and not buy the team’s merchandise.

“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!” the president responded via Twitter early Tuesday (Oct. 10).

Trump also went after the NFL, suggesting the U.S. change its tax laws to punish organizations if members are “disrespecting” the national anthem or flag.

“Why is the NFL getting massive tax breaks while at the same time disrespecting our Anthem, Flag and Country? Change tax law!” Trump tweeted.

While NFL viewership is down slightly, ESPN remains among the most popular cable networks, averaging 3 million viewers in prime time, notes The Hollywood Reporter. The network has suffered subscriber losses over the last few years as some viewers have moved to streaming services from cable television.