Jemele Hill on controversial remarks about Donald Trump: ‘I still stand by what I said’ (vid)
Jemele Hill defended her controversial remarks about President Donald Trump last fall during an appearance Wednesday as guest co-host on “The View.”
Hill generated a backlash that reached all the way to the White House by issuing a tweet in which she called Trump a “white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself with other white supremacists.”
Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 11, 2017
Meghan McCain, the daughter of Senator John McCain and conservative-leaning co-host on “The View,” asked Hill, “Do you stand by what you said and do you think that President Trump supporters are white supremacists?”
“I still stand by what I said,” Hill replied, as transcribed by The Hill. “I don’t think his supporters are white supremacists. What I would say though is they have the benefit of privilege to be able to distance and disassociate themselves from certain issues.
“As a woman of color I feel vulnerable to certain things he said and done and so all of that was part of that response of feeling that vulnerability,” she continued. “If you don’t feel that it’s probably harder for you to understand it.”
ESPN at the time of the controversy deemed Hill’s tweets “inappropriate.” Hill later apologized for the tweets, expressing regret for how her thoughts on Trump “painted ESPN in an unfair light.” ESPN later indicated the apology was accepted.
Several prominent personalities from the sports world, including Kevin Durant, came out in support of Hill amid the backlash.
Hill, at the time of the tweet, was co-anchoring the 6:00 p.m. ET edition “SportsCenter.” She has since left that post after less than a year to join ESPN’s Undefeated to resume “writing, reporting and commentary,” per a statement issued by Hill herself last month.