While speaking to the Associated Press on Thursday, Oprah Winfrey admitted that she was in disbelief over Donald Trump's win and Hillary Clinton's shocking defeat on Tuesday.
But the media mogul was seemingly so impressed by the president-elect's meeting with President Barack Obama that her feelings took a different turn, as she tweeted, "Everybody take a deep breath! Hope Lives!"
Everybody take a deep breath! #HopeLives! pic.twitter.com/YqNJSUab3a
- Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) November 10, 2016
Winfrey went on to explain the reasoning behind her optimism: "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."
Winfrey's comments have not been received well online, as several people, including Patton Oswalt (who tweeted "Oprah what the f - ? This is not one of my favorite things") and W. Kamau Bell, have taken to Twitter to express their disappointment in Winfrey's new point of view. Many Winfrey followers responded to her comments, which were understood by several people as tone-deaf or condescending.
See some of the reactions below.
Oprah what the fuck? This is not one of my favorite things. https://t.co/yfGmR2NFLf
- Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) November 12, 2016
Oprah, you can take a deep breath and hold it while the rest of us literally fight for our lives right now. #smh https://t.co/oxk9qAuZTI
- Heather Matarazzo (@HeatherMatarazz) November 12, 2016
I... but... no... https://t.co/hBXaYROQwm
- W. Kamau Bell (@wkamaubell) November 12, 2016
I used to have great respect for Oprah. (past tense) https://t.co/Z1hke2rFfL
- Scott Weinberg (@scottEweinberg) November 12, 2016
DON'T YOU DARE OPRAH https://t.co/meue7QsfDR
- John Early (@bejohnce) November 11, 2016
No @Oprah we're not going to take a deep breath, love you but with all due respect, the hatred that man has released won't touch your life. https://t.co/CNjOnCSuoW
- S. Maxx Mahaffey (@smaxxmahaffey) November 11, 2016
@BroderickGreer does Oprah have amnesia or was she not here the last 18 months?
- Eliel Cruz-Lopez (@elielcruz) November 11, 2016
Wait…Oprah is on that normalization shit too? I'm disgusted. https://t.co/l9j5PZ7ukw
- Andre Cole (@andrecole) November 12, 2016
OK, who ever thought they would use this phrase " Oprah just sold out" https://t.co/O5D30QmoHa
- markhouston72 (@markhouston72) November 12, 2016