Hmmm…not sure how to feel about this.
Oprah Winfrey, who endorsed Hillary Clinton in June of this year but did not speak out for her as strongly as she did for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, offered some surprisingly hopeful comments about President-elect Donald Trump in a post-election interview this week.
Encouraged by Trump’s White House meeting with President Obama, Winfrey told the Associated Press she believes “hope is still alive” after Clinton’s loss.
“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 whole thing,” she added. “I think it’s a humbling process that now you literally have the weight of the world on your shoulders.”
Winfrey faced immediate backlash from Trump’s most ardent critics, who argue that there is no reason to be hopeful about the situation:
Oprah is wrong. A photo op is not reality. https://t.co/QBSFP90TJE
— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) November 12, 2016
My first time seeing this.
I'm stumped honestly. Want to assume she means something deep that doesn't come through well on Twitter. https://t.co/eNUM2MxCcz
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) November 12, 2016
It sure is a mystery why Oprah is forgiving our income-ing President.
— Jensen Karp (@JensenClan88) November 12, 2016
I don't need @Oprah telling me I can take a deep breath when this new administration supports cutting my job and firing me for who I date.
— Casey ? (@pari_passu) November 12, 2016
— S. Maxx Mahaffey (@smaxxmahaffey) November 11, 2016
— Professor Fleming (@alwaystheself) November 12, 2016
Oprah what the fuck? This is not one of my favorite things. https://t.co/yfGmR2NFLf
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) November 12, 2016