Oprah Winfrey found herself at the centre of a Twitter firestorm last week when she seemingly expressed hope for Donald Trump’s presidency.
The media mogul is now shedding light onto her controversial message, which she tweeted upon seeing President-elect Donald Trump meeting with Barack Obama.
“Everybody take a deep breath! #HopeLives,” the Hillary Clinton supporter wrote alongside an image of the newly elected president taking a seat next to Barack Obama in The White House’s Oval Office.
While many took the 31-character message as a sign of support for the divisive Republican, Oprah reassured many over the weekend that it was rather a public sigh of relief.
“Y’all heard about my tweet problems?” she asked a Los Angeles crowd during a screening of Ava DuVernay’s “13th” documentary on Sunday. “This is the second time I’ve had tweet troubles…And it’s the same lesson, so Jesus, I hear you. You don’t have to tell me again.”
She continued, saying she “couldn’t breathe after the election,” but explained that footage of their meeting gave her a glimmer of hope. “I was expecting tension, awkwardness, and strain. So when I saw them sitting together, I actually took a picture of the screen that said ‘President-elect Trump honoured to meet Obama.’ And President Obama was being so gracious, and I heard Donald Trump say, ‘He’s a good man.’ I heard Donald Trump say, ‘I’m going to be seeking his counsel.’ I literally went [deep breath], I can breathe now.”
“My mistake, and this is what I know to be true: you can never talk about everybody,” Winfrey added, before sharing some signature wisdom. “Even in your arguments with your husband and your children. Don’t talk about what you should do, what you ought to do – you can only speak for yourself. So what I should have said was, ‘I just took a breath.’ What I said was, ‘Everybody take a breath – #HopeLives.’”