In recent days, one of the biggest stories to make the headlines came from a female African-American ESPN anchor who lashed out at President Donald Trump, calling him a "bigot" on social media in the process. After the network let the anchor off the hook with no punishment, Trump decided to speak out.

Trump on ESPN

Ever since Donald Trump announced his plan to run for president back in June 2015, racial issues have constantly dominated the news cycle. It started with Trump's campaign announcement when he labeled illegal immigrants from Mexico as "rapists" and "murderers." In the two years that followed, Trump's controversial rhetoric and policy proposals resulted in many on the political left to accuse the former host of "The Apprentice" of being "racist." Following Trump's election win and inauguration, the number of white supremacist groups to make themselves public have been on the rise, peaking earlier this summer during a rally turned riot in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Trump came under fire when he blamed extremists on "both sides," appearing to equate neo-Nazis to those who oppose them. In response, ESPN anchor Jemele Hill ripped into Trump on Twitter this week, calling him a "bigot" and "white supremacist." In response, Trump attacked the network during a September 15 tweet.

"Donald Trump is a bigot," Jemele Hill tweeted out, while later adding in a follow-up post, "Trump is the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime. His rise is a direct result of white supremacy.

Period." The following day, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called on ESPN to fire Hill, though the network declined. Responding to the network's decision, Trump himself vented his anger on Twitter.

"ESPN is paying a really big price for its politics (and bad programming).

People are dumping it in RECORD numbers," Donald Trump tweeted, before adding, "Apologize for untruth!"

Twitter reacts

In response to Donald Trump's tweet about ESPN, critics on social media were quick to fire back. "What if Obama called for The Apprentice to be cancelled every time you, a private citizen, called him something?" one Twitter user posted, before adding, "Grow up and get over it."

"Trump attacking ESPN for its reporter speaking out against his white supremacy is exactly what Putin would do," Eugene Gu tweeted.

"Truth hurts. Donald Trump is a White Supremacist just look at his track record. It's just the truth," another tweet read.

"FYI, little hands Donald Trump is a racist!" yet another tweet added. As the backlash continued, the political divide between those who support the president and those who oppose him doesn't look to be ending anytime soon.