Jemele Hill, the former ESPN host who came under fire for negative remarks about President Donald Trump, is saying that she stands by her belief that Trump is a "white supremacist."
Hill made the remarks on Twitter in 2017, writing, "Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists."
ESPN suspended Hill over the controversial remarks, and she ended up leaving the network in September after 12 years of employment.
What did she say?
Hill doubled down on the remarks in a recent podcast.
During an episode of "South Beach Sessions," Hill defended her comments about the president.
"I thought I was saying water is wet," Hill explained. "I didn't even think it was controversial."
Hill went on to explain that she didn't even intend to cause controversy with her remarks.
"I was in the middle of a Twitter conversation, I was replying to somebody," she said. "If I was really trying to make a bold statement, I would have added the damn president. I didn't, I was just talking casually with somebody.
"It wasn't even original. That's what is so crazy," Hill added. "I got famous for saying something that wasn't original. It wasn't new. It was not breaking news. I thought we all decided this after Charlottesville."
Hill said that despite believing that what she said was not all that earth-shattering, she was OK with losing her job if it came down to sticking to her principles and her word.
"I knew almost immediately that, if I did face some kind of permanent discipline, if I did lose my job, if I was immediately suspended, I was OK with it," she said.
(H/T: Raw Story)