According to reports, Jemele Hill, a controversial liberal co-host on ESPN’s SportsCenter, engaged in a lengthy tirade about Trump earlier this week while arguing with several people on Twitter. As a consequence, executives at ESPN were forced to release a statement distancing themselves from Hill. Specifically, they wrote, “the comments on Twitter from Jemele Hill regarding the President do not represent the position of ESPN. We have addressed this with Jemele and she recognizes her actions were inappropriate.”
Hill’s rant against the President began with the tweet: “Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.” When someone, presumably white, pushed back against her tweet, she replied, “the height of white privilege is being able to ignore his white supremacy, because it’s of no threat to you. Well, it’s a threat to me.”
Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 11, 2017
In a series of follow-up tweets, she added, “Trump is the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime. His rise is a direct result of white supremacy. Period…He has surrounded himself with white supremacists — no they are not ‘alt right’ — and you want me to believe he isn’t a white supremacist?”
In addition to accusing him of being a white supremacist, she also suggested that he would have never been elected if he wasn’t white. “[Trump] is unqualified and unfit to be president. He is not a leader. And if he were not white, he never would have been elected,” she reasoned, noting, “[he] is a bigot. Glad [supporters] could live with voting for him. I couldn’t because I cared [sic] about more than just myself.”
He is unqualified and unfit to be president. He is not a leader. And if he were not white, he never would have been elected
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 12, 2017
Upon reading her tweets, one of her followers suggested that the media, not Trump, has made white supremacy a problem. In response, she wrote, “no the media doesn’t make it a threat. It IS a threat. He has empowered white supremacists (see: Charlottesville).”
Another follower who read her tweets claimed she was pushing a false narrative. Outrage, she replied, “how is it a ‘false narrative?’ Did he hire and court white supremacists? Answer: YES.” In a follow-up tweet, she added, “you just don’t want to believe it because it’s too unpleasant. But that doesn’t change the facts.”
Unsurprisingly, many people were outraged by Hill’s tweets. One of the people most upset was Darryl Strawberry, a four-time World Series Champion who played for the New York Mets and the New York Yankees.
“I think no one should call anyone anything. President Trump, he’s a great man to me. He was always gracious to me. I really love him [and] his family. I was on his show and he’s always been kind to me,” explained Strawberry while speaking with Fox Business’ Stuart Varney of “Varney & Co.” about what Hill wrote.
“A lot of people say things because they have their own issues and they are hurting inside. When you point the fingers at someone else, you are pointing back at you. I never want to sit and point fingers at someone like the President of the United States,” he added.
Unfortunately, not everyone was upset by Hill’s comments. Some actually praised her for what she wrote. For example, Kathy Griffin, a far-left comedian who was recently criticized for holding a fake severed head of Trump while during a photo shoot, tweeted, “SHE IS CORRECT. EVERYONE KNOWS IT!”
Kamau Bell, a standup comedian and host of CNN’s “United Shades of America,” also came out in support of Hill. Specifically, he tweeted, “WOW, @cthagod! This is relentless. I’m w/ [Jemele Hill]!”
To push back against Hill’s hateful tweets, conservatives should work together to boycott the channel and complain to their advertisers. Doing so will send a strong message that such vile comments about the President won’t be tolerated.