Two days after the election of Donald Trump, Oprah Winfrey spoke with the Associated Press and said that although she was in disbelief over Trump’s presidential win, she also said that after seeing Trump’s meeting with President Barack Obama, that she remained optimistic.
She tweeted, “Everybody take a deep breath! Hope Lives!”
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) November 10, 2016
“I could sense, maybe I’m wrong, but I could sense from Donald Trump’s body language even when he came out for the acceptance speech, that brotha has been humbled by this world thing,” she said on Thursday. “I think it’s a humbling process that now you literally have the weight of the world on your shoulders.”
Winfrey also said that she didn’t think Trump being elected was a repudiation of Obama, but the voice of the frustration of millions of voters.
Well, maybe folks were still too raw and in their feelings, but there was a swift backlash against the media mogul.
Oprah better watch out praising the orange menace. The backlash will be swift & painful. No amount of favorites will erase foot in mouth!
— HarlemWriter (@HarlemWriter) November 12, 2016
— Matthew Chapman (@fawfulfan) November 12, 2016
— Abbi Jacobson (@abbijacobson) November 12, 2016
I – for the record – am fond of Oprah. I will not, however, be taking my cues about an autocratic despot from her.
— Broderick Greer (@BroderickGreer) November 11, 2016
One social media poster, though, thought it really interesting that this black woman was bearing the brunt of all this anger when “she is not Russian, she’s not working with Comey, she’s not a Bernie Bro, she did not vote for Trump, she did not vote 3rd party, she supported both Clinton and Obama, she is a successful woman of color so why the hate?”