U.S. President Donald Trump often issues statements via Twitter to distract the public from his administration’s failings. With news that the FBI Russia probe has convinced former deputy campaign manager Richard Gates to testify against former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, Trump has decided to attack beloved talk show host Oprah Winfrey for pure distraction’s sake. But Winfrey’s social media supporters are clapping back about the Trump Oprah Winfrey tweet.
On last night’s episode of the investigative news program 60 Minutes, Winfrey hosted a group interview with 14 Michigan voters — half had voted for Trump and half hadn’t — and she asked questions about hot-button issues like Trump’s calling Haiti a shithole, his tax bill and the #MeToo movement.
After the show aired, Trump 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!”
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
Trump’s tweet refers to the short-lived rumor that Winfrey might run for president. She has since said that she won’t run, stating, “I am actually humbled by the fact that people think that I could be a leader of the free world, but it’s just not in my spirit.”
Winfrey also said many “wealthy men” were prepared to back her if she had run for president.
But Trump’s decision to slam Winfrey on social media isn’t being taken lightly by Twitter users who mocked him for his needless comment.
Here are some hot takes on the Trump Oprah Winfrey tweet:
Trump accusing Oprah of being insecure is like me accusing someone else of farting on my couch just now https://t.co/Lh1Wty1T03
— Ike Barinholtz (@ikebarinholtz) February 19, 2018
OPRAH WINFREY IS INSECURE!! DID YOU HEAR ME? IT'S HER WHO IS INSECURE. ALSO, I COULD DO ICE DANCING IF I WANTED TO pic.twitter.com/5rv8kaO67g
— Joseph Scrimshaw (@JosephScrimshaw) February 19, 2018
The only time we should ever see the headline “Trump goes after Oprah” is if there’s a Forbes ranking
— Jess Dweck (@TheDweck) February 19, 2018
"A very insecure Oprah Winfrey"???
Somebody has clearly gotten to the bottom of his insult bucket. https://t.co/c1v8BHhtpL
— W. Kamau Bell (@wkamaubell) February 19, 2018
He is now going after Oprah. Still hasn’t said a negative word about Putin. https://t.co/KDZEUIGtml
— Rex Huppke (@RexHuppke) February 19, 2018
*has more houses
*doesn't make babies cry
*gives millions to charity
You, sir, will never be Oprah. https://t.co/YaDGBZo2pR
— Victoria Brownworth (@VABVOX) February 19, 2018
Obama went to the funeral service and sang Amazing Grace
Trump went to his country club 30 miles from the funerals and tweeted about Oprah
But at least we can say Merry Christmas again
— 209 days ago Trump promised 24-hr Hezbollah answer (@MattNegrin) February 19, 2018
And yet Oprah is a real and respected billionaire who didn't receive millions of dollars from her daddy to start her business, didn't get sued by the federal government for racial discrimination, and didn't declare bankruptcy six times like you did. https://t.co/WA8CCL4Noi
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) February 19, 2018
Parents are burying their children. Children are buying their parents. Young people are organizing to end the epidemic of gun violence in America.
And @realDonaldTrump is tweeting about watching Oprah on TV?!??
Pathetic, Donald. Absolutely pathetic.
— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) February 19, 2018
The Oprah tweet is like Donald Trump‘s racism had a tug-of-war with Donald Trump‘s stupidity and both sides lost.
Why would he attack arguably the country’s most popular entertainer?
Especially just days after one of our worst school shootings ever.
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) February 19, 2018
“Oprah is insecure” said a man who gets defensive whenever someone mentions the size of his inauguration crowd or hands, and is still talking about an election that happened over a year ago.
— (((OhNoSheTwitnt))) (@OhNoSheTwitnt) February 19, 2018
When Trump comes for Oprah pic.twitter.com/9AuUAKNo3m
— Matthee A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) February 19, 2018
A January 2017 Rasmussen political poll found “Winfrey has the support of 76% of Democrats, 22% of Republicans and 44% of voters not affiliated with either major political party,” and “55% of all voters view Winfrey favorably” whereas 52% view Trump favorably.