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 TrumpNASA exec leading moon mission quits weeks after appointment The Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Frustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' MORE and the assassination of Malcolm X.

In the now-deleted message, The Atlantic staff writer joked that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOn The Money: Senate passes disaster aid bill after deal with Trump | Trump to offer B aid package for farmers | House votes to boost retirement savings | Study says new tariffs to double costs for consumers Murkowski celebrates birthday with electric scooter ride Warren, Ocasio-Cortez press Mnuchin on role in Sears bankruptcy 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.