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Former ESPN anchor and current staff writer for The Atlantic Jemele Hill is in the spotlight again after a tweet during Tuesday’s State of the Union speech by President Trump was interpreted by some as calling for his assassination.

Hill’s original tweet, now deleted said “Nah, she gotta yell: GETCHO HAND OUT MY POCKET” and was in response to comedian Desus Nice, who tweeted during the speech that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) should’ve yelled “whose mans is this,” in reference to someone who makes a fool of themselves.

The phrase that Hill used refers to the assassination of Malcolm X when a man in the audience yelled “Get your hand out of my pocket” distracting security allowing a Nation of Islam conspirator to shoot and kill the black nationalist leader in 1965.

Hill took to Twitter to deny that while she disagrees with Trump, she would never call for violence against him.

She followed that up with examples of how she has used the phrase before.

While it may be true that Hill meant no harm against Trump, she surely had to know how her tweet would be interpreted given her past comments about Trump including a tweet that accused the president of being a white supremacist.

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