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 TrumpSenate GOP budget ignores Trump, cuts defense Trump says he'll nominate Stephen Moore to Fed White House: ISIS territory in Syria has been 100 percent eliminated MORE and the assassination of Malcolm X.

In the now-deleted message, The Atlantic staff writer joked that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezDemocratic Socialists of America endorses Sanders for president Ocasio-Cortez: Green New Deal 'narratives are manipulated' by critics Trump: Green New Deal 'the most preposterous thing' and 'easy to beat' 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.

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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.