Not funny: “Joke” about Trump assassination lands fmr host in hot water

Former ESPN host Jamele Hill is under fire for a tweet sent concerning President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address where she referenced an assassination.

The unfortunate exchange began, according to The New York Post, when Showtime’s Desus Nice tweeted that he would like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to interrupt Trump’s speech by yelling, “Whose mans is this?”

Hill, who has been known for her anti-Trump rhetoric, responded: “Nah, she gotta yell: GETCHO HAND OUT MY POCKET,” Hill said in a now-deleted tweet, according to the Post.

Hill’s comment appears to have been a reference to the assassination of Malcolm X.

“That statement is a reference to what one of Malcolm X’s assassins yelled out before they killed the 1960s civil rights leader,” NewsBusters’ deputy research director Geoffrey Dickens wrote.

Twitchy recounted the incident when the phrase was originally used:

“The shooting began in the Audubon Ballroom just as Malcolm X was preparing to speak.

“A commotion eight rows back in the Harlem auditorium interrupted him. ‘N—–, get your hand outta my pocket,’ a man yelled that Sunday in February.

“‘Now, now, brothers, break it up,’ Malcolm X told them. ‘Be cool, be calm.’

“Distracted, Malcolm’s bodyguards moved away to break up the scuffle. Suddenly, a man rushed the stage with a sawed-off shotgun, and two more fired handguns, hitting Malcolm X in the chin, hand and chest.”

Hill later deleted the tweet and apologized for the reference.

“Let me be clear: I have often disagreed with many of the president’s policies, his behavior and rhetoric, but I would never call for violence against him, or any person,” Hill tweeted. “I apologize for breathing life into such an absurd assumption.”

The Atlantic writer also, however, qualified her apology with an explanation about her frequent use of the phrase.

“So, FYI .. i literally have used GETCHO HAND OUT OF MY POCKET a bunch of other times on Twitter, and always in a manner where you want to escape or distract from a situation. Never in a way that was harmful or malicious.”