TV personalities don't require intelligence. Proving that this week: ESPN's Jemele Hill, who doubled down on her three-months-old, inexplicable castigation of Donald Trump as a white supremacist.
In a Newsweek interview with former Miami Dolphins running back Arian Foster Wednesday, the SportsCenter co-host said she doesn't take back her incrimination of the President, which previously resulted in a two-week suspension from the network.
Hill's original, September 11th statement, via Twitter, claimed:
"Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists."
Four minutes later, she tweeted:
"Trump is the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime. His rise is a direct result of white supremacy. Period."
In the interview Wednesday, Hill remarked:
“I thought everybody knew. I thought water was wet.”
Obviously stuck in a bubble of leftist elitism, as well as idiocy, Hill expressed surprise at any negative response to her characterization of the President:
“I didn’t think I was saying anything that was shocking. It had been said before and unfortunately people comb through your replies now.”
Yes, it had been. By morons.
Two days before the end of her ESPN suspension, Hill reiterated her commitment to the outrageous comments, while expressing a small degree of apology for their affect on the network:
"The only thing I’ll ever apologize for is, I put ESPN in a bad spot. I’ll never take back what I said. I put them in a bad spot, that’s the truth of it.”
President Trump wasn't impressed, responding with a tweet of his own:
"With Jemele Hill at the mike, it is no wonder ESPN ratings have 'tanked,' in fact, tanked so badly it is the talk of the industry!"
In addition to her tweets, Hill attacked Trump on Foster's podcast, Now What?, absurdly charging him with attacking "mostly colored people."
It's impossible to imagine a host attacking Barack Obama with the same viciousness and keeping their job. But this is ESPN, the network which denied the Arthur Ash Award -- an honor named after a man who spent his life doing charitable work and bravely fighting AIDS -- to a disabled Iraqi war veteran for losing two limbs and yet continuing to compete athletically, in favor of Bruce Jenner for wearing a bra.
ESPN used to be a sports network; sadly, it has joined the ranks of television's left-wing mouthpieces.