President Donald Trump called Oprah Winfrey “very insecure” and accused her of engaging in a “biased and slanted” interview with CBS’ 60 Minutes.
In fall 2017, Oprah hosted a group discussion with 14 voters, half who voted for Trump and half who had not. During the discussion, Oprah examined whether the pro-Trump panelists still backed the President following his “shithole countries” comments. She also asked if the worldview of the US under his leadership and his alleged stability and fitness for office sway their decision. Oprah also questioned his inapporopriate sexual behavior towards women.
After watching the interview, 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
Blowback From Oprah’s Golden Globes Speech
During her Golden Globes speech in January, Oprah stood beside the women of the #MeToo movement, a speech that prompted calls for the media mogul to run for President in 2020. Polls taken after the speech gave Oprah an 11% edge over the 45th POTUS.
“Yeah, I’ll beat Oprah,” Mr Trump told reporters during a meeting to discuss immigration reform with US senators.
“Oprah would be a lot of fun. I know her very well. You know I did one of her last shows — she had Donald Trump (this is before politics) her last week and she had Donald Trump and my family, it was very nice. No, I like Oprah. I don’t think she’s going to run,” the President added.
Trump’s First Choice For Vice President
President Trump sang a different tune in 1999 when he told CNN that he wanted Oprah to run as his Vice President should he ever decide to run for President. Trump told Larry King: “Oprah, I love Oprah, Oprah would always be my first choice.”
Trump also said Oprah was “really a great woman, she is a terrific woman, she’s someone that’s very special.”
Trump also said he believed Oprah would run as his VP while calling her “brilliant” and “a wonderful woman.”
Trump also claimed they would be a “pretty good ticket.”
When asked if she would run for President and if her speech was a precursor for that type of announcement, Oprah said, “Are you kidding me? I was just trying to give a good speech. I was looking for a way to express what was going on in this moment in terms of gender and class and race. ”
Oprah says that running for president was “not in my DNA.”
“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,” she added.
Oprah has not responded to Trump’s unsolicited attack and she probably has too much class to engage in a Twitter fight with the 45th POTUS.