Trump v Oprah: President calls TV star ‘insecure’
Winfrey was moderating a discussion aired on Sunday between 14 pro- and anti-Trump voters from Grand Rapids, Michigan, that were invited back onto the program, following up from a previous interview held six months ago.
The TV star asked the audience whether or not they would vote for Trump again, what they thought about his infamous “shithole countries” comment, and if Americans felt safer now that he was in office.
This didn’t sit too well with the commander-in-chief, who promptly lashed out.
“Just watched a very insecure Oprah Winfrey, who at one point I knew very well, interview a panel of people on 60 Minutes. The questions were biased and slanted, the facts incorrect. Hope Oprah runs so she can be exposed and defeated just like all of the others,” he tweeted.
Just watched a very insecure Oprah Winfrey, who at one point I knew very well, interview a panel of people on 60 Minutes. The questions were biased and slanted, the facts incorrect. Hope Oprah runs so she can be exposed and defeated just like all of the others!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 19, 2018
The tweet, which was posted at 8:28pm Sunday evening, provoked a massive Twitter storm of responses for and against the POTUS. Several liberal voices vented their outrage at Trump.
Parents are burying their children. Children are buying their parents. Young people are organizing to end the epidemic of gun violence in America.— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) February 19, 2018
And @realDonaldTrump is tweeting about watching Oprah on TV?!??
Pathetic, Donald. Absolutely pathetic.
Oprah is respected worldwide. Something you wouldn’t know about.— Chris Crocker (@ChrisCrocker) February 19, 2018
The day you think you’re on her level of grace, intelligence, and strength is the day you’ve truly lost your mind.
However, some refused to ride the wave of anti-Trump sentiment, dishing out some of their own rebuttals.
You just finished watching this Oprah Winfrey that thinks all white people should die off to end racism? pic.twitter.com/Iqj8SkfkoT— Ex-Dem🇺🇸Latina (@ExDemLatina) February 19, 2018
Trump @realDonaldTrump has NO Problem Telling It Like It Is Without Any Liberal Political Correctness👉He Tweets Out A Comment On A Very Insecure Oprah Winfrey 👇#MAGA #2020 election #MondayThoughtshttps://t.co/PsjBhdCyqvpic.twitter.com/RXYSd7c9zC— John~Americans Are Dreamers Too (@JrcheneyJohn) February 19, 2018
There has been much speculation that Winfrey, whose media empire has garnered her a net worth of about $3 billion, could be running in the 2020 presidential elections.
The 64-year-old was backed by many Twitter fans and several publications such as People magazine and the New York Post as a potential candidate, after giving her speech at the January 7 Golden Globe awards.
However, Winfrey herself has not yet confirmed having any presidential aspirations.