As HuffPost reports, the president took offense to a 60 Minutes segment Sunday night in which Winfrey spoke to Michigan voters about their political concerns. Though Winfrey has dismissed speculation about a 2020 presidential bid, Trump — who has spoken positively about the former talk show host in the past — tweeted that he wanted her to run so that she could be “exposed and defeated.”
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 president, who is in Florida in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, also called the billionaire “very insecure.” That description rubbed many folks — including bestselling authors Roxane Gay (Hunger) and Terry McMillan (How Stella Got Her Groove Back), and The Mindy Project actor Ike Barinholtz — the wrong way.
Girl. Oprah’s richer than you.
— roxane gay (@rgay) February 19, 2018
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
Honey, you sleigh. #Oprah The white man in the white house is scared of you and your black female powerful self.
— Terry McMillan (@MsTerryMcMillan) 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
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
Sheiseverythingyou fear https://t.co/Fy6dV1Y2vE
— rabia O'chaudry (@rabiasquared) February 19, 2018
He said OPRAH is insecure! pic.twitter.com/Ff0UfqfMAR
— Jeff Chatterton (@jeffchatterton) February 19, 2018
Well you can’t argue with him there if there’s one thing we know about Oprah it’s how insecure she is. https://t.co/Pip4uNhuVN
— Moshe Kasher (@moshekasher) February 19, 2018
This GIF might sum it up best, though.
When Trump comes for Oprah pic.twitter.com/9AuUAKNo3m
— Matthee A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) February 19, 2018
Truly, a battle for the ages — or 2018, at least.
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