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.
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.”
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.