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Jemele Hill says calling Trump a white supremacist is like 'saying water is wet’

Former ESPN host Jemele Hill said in an interview that she never realized a tweet last year in which she called President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump alludes to possible 2024 run in White House remarks Trump threatens to veto defense bill over tech liability shield Tiger King's attorney believes they're close to getting pardon from Trump MORE a “white supremacist” was newsworthy.

“I thought I was saying water is wet,” Hill said in reference to the tweet during a recent appearance on a podcast from ESPN’s new Le Batard and Friends Podcast Network.  

“I didn’t even think it was controversial,” she continued.

“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,” Hill continued.

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“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 added, referring to a deadly white supremacist rally held in Virginia in 2017. 

Hill went on to say that she also didn’t feel bad for referring to Trump as a white supremacist despite the White House's calls for her firing at the time because she didn’t feel the comment was untruthful.

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

Hill exited as co-host of ESPN's "SportsCenter" nearly a year after she wrote the tweet under discussion.