Oprah Winfrey, known as a philanthropist has always maintain a good image. Not until she has encouraged Americans to ‘take a deep breath’ following Donald Trump’s victory.
The former TV host who endorsed Hillary Clinton during the campaign, tweeted a photo of Donald trump sat with President Barack Obama alongside the caption: “Everybody take a deep breath! #HopeLives”.
People on Twitter including some celebrities have expressed their dismay following Oprah’s comment on Trump.
While other Twitter users said they were greatly disappointed at Oprah and had lost respect for her.
On top of that, Oprah told Entertainment Tonight that seeing President Obama and Mr. Trump together had given her “hope”.
“I just saw the two of them together, I will say this: I just saw President-elect Trump with President Obama in the White House and it gave me hope,” she said. “To hear President-elect Trump say that he had respect for President Obama, it felt that he had reached a moment where he was actually humbled by that experience.”
Following the criticisms she has received for her remarks about Trump, she went on and addressed the issue on Peltz Theater at the Museum of Tolerance in Beverly Hills. She stated she had been wrong to talk about everyone taking a “breath”.
“My mistake, and this is what I know to be true, is that you can never talk about everybody,” she said. “Don’t talk about ‘What you should do.’ You can only speak for yourself. What I should have said was, ‘I just took a breath.’ What I said was, ‘Everybody take a breath – #HopeLives.’ I thought to say, Civility Lives – because this was more civil than I expected it to be.”
She also added she wasn’t ready to call Donald Trump “President Trump” or “President-elect Trump” out loud.
Back in June, Oprah insisted she had no plan in joining Trump when asked if she wanted to be Trump’s running mate. Around the same time she also joked that the rise of Mr. Trump had made her feel “really qualified” to be President.
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