Jemele Hill, the former ESPN “SportsCenter” host who called President Donald Trump a white supremacist, has come out against his recent remarks about the national anthem protests during his first State of the Union, calling them “racial pornography.”
Speaking with the Rev. Al Sharpton on MSNBC’s “PoliticsNation” on Sunday, she went on to say protesting during the anthem is the most American thing you can do.
“I wasn’t surprised, and I think this is going to be probably a constant thing for the president, because it’s a very easy dog whistle. It’s low-hanging fruit. It’s what I like to call ‘racial pornography,’ because it’s a way to stoke his base,” she said.
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“And look, in a weird way, I think it’s kind of weirdly brilliant, because he has been able to hijack the entire conversation and to make this about patriotism,” Hill continued.
“Really, if anybody knew just even the smallest bit of American history, they would understand that what the players have chosen to do is the most patriotic thing that you could.”
Hill has been outspoken about her feelings toward Trump. In September 2017, she was suspended by ESPN after she tweeted that the president is a “white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.”
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