Jemele Hill On Calling Trump White Supremacist: I Was Saying Water Is Wet

Hill said she thought her comment was so obvious that it wasn't even controversial.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 01: Journalist Jemele Hill attends the Heavyweight Championship of The World "Wilder vs. Fury" Premiere at Staples Center on December 01, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 01: Journalist Jemele Hill attends the Heavyweight Championship of The World "Wilder vs. Fury" Premiere at Staples Center on December 01, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)
By Evan Bleier / December 27, 2018 10:56 am

In a new ESPN podcast, former network personality Jemele Hill revealed she didn’t think it was controversial when she called President Trump a “white supremacist” because it was so self-evident.

On the premiere episode of Dan Le Batard’s South Beach Sessions, Hill said her remark was the same as “saying water is wet.”

“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, who also called Trump a “bigot” and has said he is “unqualified and unfit to be president,” was suspended by ESPN for her comments. She no longer works for the Worldwide Leader and is currently writing for The Atlantic. 

Despite the fallout, Hill never regretted what she said because she didn’t think it was untruthful.

“I would have felt worse if I felt I took a shot at somebody who didn’t deserve it,” she said. “If I felt it was a mistake … I probably would have felt bad about it, but I never did.”

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