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Jemele Hill on Calling Trump a White Supremacist: 'I Thought I Was Saying Water Is Wet'

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Jemele Hill, an award-winning journalist who also has the honor of inspiring a petulant tweet from Donald Trump, has no regrets about her criticisms of the president.

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On Dan Le Batard’s South Beach Sessions podcast, Hill talked about an October, 2017 tweet that read “Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself with other white supremacists.”

She added in another tweet: “Trump is the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime. He is a direct result of white supremacy. Period.”

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According to The Washington Post, Hill didn’t realize it would be that big a deal and assumed the sentiment was a given: “I thought I was saying water is wet. I didn’t even think it was controversial.”

Hill was suspended from her position at ESPN after those tweets inspired a tantrum from the White House and a tweet from Donald Trump and others called for an NFL ad boycott. Eventually the network bought her out of her contract. She’s now a correspondent for The Atlantic.  

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lochaber
lochaber, guillotine enthusiast

For as long as I can remember, this orange idiot has a well-documented history of racist actions. His father was in the KKK, he lost a case in court about discriminating against black people in housing applications, he’s on tape/video talking about not wanting black people in his (bankrupted) casino, he paid for a full-page ad in the NYT calling for the death sentence of the Central Park 5, he was a major pusher of the offensively stupid “Birther” nonsense, and countless other things that aren’t at the top of my head right now.

He literally believes that he is better then others simply because of his genetic makeup - that’s pretty much the basis of white supremacism right there.

Stating orange idiot is a white supremacist is about as controversial as stating Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a woman, or that Ohio is a state.