Former ESPN star Jemele Hill has not backed down from when she took to Twitter to call President Trump a “white supremacist.” While in an interview on Dan Le Batard’s new podcast, “South “Beach Sessions,” Hill said that she didn’t even realize the the comment would make the news. The podcast is a part of ESPN’s recently launched Le Batard and Friends Podcast Network.
“I thought I was saying water is wet,” Hill said during the interview. “I didn’t even think it was controversial.”
Here is the tweet from September 2017:
Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 11, 2017
More, per Fox News:
“I was in the middle of a Twitter conversation, I was replying to somebody. If I was really trying to make a bold statement, I would have added the damn president. I didn’t, I was just talking casually with somebody,” she said. “It wasn’t even original. That’s what is so crazy. I got famous for saying something that wasn’t original. It wasn’t new. It was not breaking news. I thought we all decided this after Charlottesville.”
Hill has also called Trump a “bigot” and “unqualified and unfit to be president.” Le Batard, a longtime friend of Hill, repeatedly called her an “accidental activist” and tried to describe to listeners that Hill is simply a journalist who got caught up in something she is passionate about. But Hill said that her while comments changed her life “in a dramatic way,” she doesn’t regret making them.
“I knew almost immediately that, if I did face some kind of permanent discipline, if I did lose my job, if I was immediately suspended, I was OK with it,” Hill said, as Le Batard added Hill might not have wanted the attention but isn’t the type of person to run from it.
At first ESPN did not punish Hill for the tweet, but then she was suspended for two weeks a month later in October 2017 when she broke the company’s social media rules again. She is now at The Atlantic.