Trump-focused tweet from Jemele Hill alluding to Malcolm X assassination referred to Secret Service

A tweet from Jemele Hill was reportedly referred to the Secret Service due to references to President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says his faith is 'bedrock foundation of my life' after Trump claim Coronavirus talks on life support as parties dig in, pass blame Ohio governor tests negative in second coronavirus test MORE and the assassination of Malcolm X.

In the now-deleted message, The Atlantic staff writer joked that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezHispanic Caucus asks for Department of Labor meeting on COVID in meatpacking plants Harris, Ocasio-Cortez push climate equity bill with Green New Deal roots Young minority voters show overwhelming support for Biden: poll MORE (D-N.Y.) should have shouted "GETCHO HAND OUT MY POCKET" during Trump's State of the Union address on Tuesday, a reference to the words shouted by an audience member seconds before Malcolm X was assassinated in 1965.


A spokesman for the Secret Service confirmed to the Washington Examiner that the tweet had been referred to the agency, but would not confirm whether an investigation had been launched.

“While the Secret Service is aware of the subject’s comments, we cannot confirm or comment on the absence or existence of specific investigations. We can say, however, the Secret Service investigates all threats related to our protectees," the agency told the Examiner.

Hill apologized for the message in a series of tweets Wednesday, explaining that she has used the joke in other circumstances but would never call for violence against Trump.

"Let me be clear: I have often disagreed with many of the president’s policies, his behavior and rhetoric, but I would never call for violence against him, or any person. I apologize for breathing life into such an absurd assumption," she wrote.

"I literally have used GETCHO HAND OUT OF MY POCKET a bunch of other times on Twitter, and always in a manner where you want to escape or distract from a situation. Never in a way that was harmful or malicious," she added.

Hill left ESPN last year and joined The Atlantic after a brief suspension from the sports network in 2017 over tweets about the president. She covers sports, race, gender and politics at the publication.