Former ESPN host Jemele Hill — who called President Donald Trump a "white supremacist" in a 2017 Twitter tirade and saw the sports network cut ties with her nearly a year later — has chosen yet another target: the Electoral College.
Hill — who now writes for The Atlantic — tweeted Monday that the Electoral College "is outdated, and was there to preserve slavery. We need to move on."
She was reacting to a tweet from Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang who defended the Electoral College by saying the "problem with deciding presidential elections via popular vote is that candidates would naturally campaign in urban areas with big media markets and their policies would follow suit. Better to have proportional electoral college votes in each state so you campaign everywhere."
Hill dismissed such sentiments — and, in effect, all those who live in suburbs and rural areas — by adding that city dwellers who "truly represent the diversity of America should set the course."
Not everybody saw things Hill's way
As you might guess, reactions to Hill's Electoral College take weren't all positive:
- "Sorry that us 'little people' would like a say in our government."
- "Sounds like a great idea. Which cities are the most diverse? I want to move there so I can make sure my vote counts. This is what happens when 'journalists' sit on their assets all day."
- "You aren't more American than people who don't live in cities. That's ludicrous."
- "Reminder: Democrats wanted to preserve slavery, toots."
Hill hasn't exactly been silent since ESPN cut ties with her
Following her ESPN gig, Hill still managed to make headlines:
- Last November, she blasted the Seattle Seahawks for inviting renowned psychology professor and best-selling author Jordan Peterson to speak to the team, calling Peterson a "misogynist white supremacist" and that the Seahawks "can't claim ignorance" for the decision.
- In February Hill deleted a tweet related to the State of the Union address that included an alleged Trump assassination reference.
- And late last year, safely from the clutches of ESPN, she doubled down on her infamous tweet calling Trump a white supremacist: "I thought I was saying water is wet," Hill noted on a podcast. "I didn't even think it was controversial."
On the subject of Democratic candidate Yang, his rather conventional take on the Electoral College followed a recent story focused on a video of him last year saying that once an "insecure white majority" loses population dominance to minorities in the coming decades, whites might begin "shooting up a bunch of Asians."
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