As the hosts discussed her tweet about Trump, Hill admitted she was reacting to the racial tension in Charlottesville last September.
Meghan McCain asked Hill if she stood by her words, since people often tweet “in the heat of the moment.” McCain also asked if she thinks Trumps supporters are white supremacists.
Hill affirmed she still stands by the tweet and does not think Trump supporters are white supremacists; but thinks their thought process is influenced by privilege.
“I still stand by what I said,” Hill replied. “I don’t think that his supporters are white supremacists. What I would say, though, is that they have the privilege, the benefit of privilege, to be able to distance and disassociate themselves from certain issues.”
Hill went onto say her experiences as a Black woman influenced her reaction to Trump’s behavior.
“As a woman of color I feel vulnerable to certain things he said and done and so all of that was part of that response of feeling that vulnerability,” she continued. “If you don’t feel that it’s probably harder for you to understand it.”
Undeterred, McCain brought up HUD Secretary Ben Carson and asked Hill if she thought he was a white supremacist.
“No, I mean, I wouldn’t,” Hill responded.
“You also said you stand by what you tweeted,” McCain pushed.
“I wasn’t talking about Ben Carson. I think we know the names,” Hill said.
“But he works in the administration,” McCain said.
Hill then brought up Steve Bannon and said she could “go down the list of people who have played footsie with white supremacists.”
The subject switched when co-host Sunny Hostin asked if Hill would “do it again,” referring to a second tweet Hill made about the NFL kneeling controversy that resulted in her suspension.
Hill admitted that she would not and said that she believes the Trump tweets had nothing to do with her suspension.
“No, I probably wouldn’t do that again,” she admitted. “My employer is in business with the NFL, and some of those same advertisers that Jerry Jones has, they’re also advertisers of ESPN. So I very much understood why I was suspended. It was not related to the Trump tweets, it was more or less related to that and to putting the company in a tough position.”
Hill believes she should have used a different medium to express her thoughts.
“I wouldn’t take it to Twitter. What I should have done, because we were having all these national conversations, was gone to ESPN and asked if I could write a column about it instead to kind of at least, with more breadth and more depth, explain my position.”