Oprah Winfrey has responded to Donald Trump attacking her on Twitter, saying his tweet left her confused.
The US President made the icon the subject of one of his missives on the social networking site last weekend (February 18), after watching her interview Trump supporters and those against him on 60 Minutes. “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,”he wrote.
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
In reference to rumours that Winfrey would run for the presidency in 2020, he added: “Hope Oprah runs so she can be exposed and defeated just like all of the others!” The TV star had already denied that she had any plans to run before he tweeted the message.
While appearing on Ellen, Winfrey discussed the tweet for the first time, as Vanity Fair reports. “I woke up and just thought…” she said, doing an exaggerated shrug. “I don’t like giving negativity power, so I just thought, ‘What?!'”
The presenter said Trump’s claims prompted her to look back at the episode to see if he had any grounds to criticise her. “I went back and looked back at every tape,” she said. “I called the producer.”
She continued: “When I had asked the question, ‘Do you care about what other people think of America?’, they only used the Democratic side. I remembered the guy Matt had said, ‘No. We’re the only people who are worried what other countries are thinking of us.’ And I said, ‘I think you should go back and put that in because it makes it more balanced.’
“So, I was working very hard to do the opposite of what I was hate-tweeted about, [but] it’s OK.”
Winfrey ruled out running for US President in 2020 after fans called on her to stand against Donald Trump following her rousing speech at the Golden Globes last month.
As she picked up the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award, the 63-year-old entertainment icon delivered a speech that touched on the struggle for civil rights in America and the sexual harassment scandal that has rocked Hollywood in recent months.