ESPN sports anchor Jemele Hill made national headlines last year after her controversial remarks on her personal social media account, encouraging people to punish NFL Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. After Jones announced that any one of his players who chose to protest during the national anthem would be benched, Hill told her followers to go after his advertisers.
Her comments led to a 2-week suspension from the major sports network. Prior to the Jerry Jones remarks, Hill was also under fire for publicly calling President Trump a “white supremacist.”
Months after the Trump Tweet controversy, Hill appeared on “The View” to discuss what happened. While on the show, she first explained the controversial situation from her point of view.
Hill began, “Like a lot of people, I was feeling very emotional because Charlottesville had happened. I probably did what you shouldn’t do when you feel emotional, a little angry is go to Twitter.”
“I got into a dialogue with a Twitter user and obviously everybody has seen the Tweets, you know what I said,” she continued. “I did not expect in that moment that it was going to become what it became...it just kind of escalated from there.”
Hill recalled President Trump and the White House publically calling her out for her actions, referring to it as a “fireable offense.” She reiterated that she was just “reacting and responding” in the moment.
Senator John McCain’s daughter Meghan McCain asked her directly, “Do you still stand by what you said and do you think that President Trump supporters are white supremacists?”
Hill responded, “I still stand by what I said. I don’t think that his supporters are white supremacists. What I would say though, is that they have the privilege...to be able to distance and disassociate themselves from certain issues.”
“Me, as a woman of color, I feel vulnerable to certain behaviors, certain policies, certain things that he’s said and done,” she continued. “If it doesn’t impact you directly, or if you don’t feel that, it’s probably harder for you to understand it. I just ask those who do support him to understand that that perspective is coming from that place...In this time and in this moment, it feels like people of color are under attack.”
McCain shot back, “What would you say to a Ben Carson, who is working in the administration, who is obviously not white, would you consider him a white supremacist?”
Hill said, “No, I wouldn’t. As I said, I don’t consider his supporters — “
McCain interrupted, “You also just said you stand by what you tweeted, which is that he’s surrounded by white supremacists.”
“I wasn’t talking about Ben Carson; I think we know the names that I was talking about...I didn’t say he was surrounded by ‘all’ [white supremacists], obviously Steve Bannon, I could go down the list of people who have at very least played footsie with white supremacists,” Hill stated.
Although she admitted that she would not have tweeted the Jerry Jones message again, she did not say the same about the Trump tweets.
Watch this clip from “The View” below:
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