Oprah Winfrey could do no wrong. Until she shared what seemed were positive remarks about the win of president-elect Donald Trump.
“I just saw President-elect Trump with President Obama in the White House and it gave me hope … It felt that he had reached a moment where he was actually humbled by that experience,” Winfrey shared with Associated Press.
She had also shared a Tweet on November 10, captioning a photo of President Obama and Donald Trump “everyone takes a deep breath!” adding the hashtag #HopeLives.
Though Winfrey meant it to be a positive message, many were offended by the post, resulting in an eruption of criticism and comments on Oprah Winfrey.
— ~ (@mazeri) November 10, 2016
Some celebrities also expressed their disdain for Winfrey’s Tweet, responding to their own messages.
please do not normalize this man. Minority children are already being targeted.
— June Diane Raphael (@MsJuneDiane) November 12, 2016
No @Oprah I respectfully disagree & am appalled you are abusing your platform in a horrid attempt normalize an atrocious violent charlatan
— jessie jessup (@JessieJessup) November 13, 2016
Oprah what the fuck? This is not one of my favorite things. https://t.co/yfGmR2NFLf
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) November 12, 2016
Since then, Oprah made the effort to clarify her statement, speaking to media during a Q&A for the press conference to promote a Netflix documentary.
“I couldn’t breathe after the election,” claimed the talk show host. “I was expecting tension, awkwardness, and strain. When I saw them sitting together and I actually took a picture of the screen, it said, ‘President-elect Trump: ‘Honored To Meet Obama.’ And President Obama was being so gracious. I heard Donald Trump say, ‘He’s a good man.’ I heard Donald Trump say, ‘I’m going to be seeking his counsel.’ I literally went, ‘I can breathe now.”
Despite defending her mistake to the press, Oprah Winfrey was also quick to admit that she had made a mistake in her Tweet.
“My mistake and this is what I know to be true, is that you can never talk about everybody,” she added during the Q&A. “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.’”
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