Oprah Winfrey clarified her controversial tweet after Donald Trump won the presidential election, during a Q&A session after the screening of the movie 13th with Ava DuVernay. Oprah asked the crowd “Y’all heard about my tweet problems?”, then went on to say “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.”
This is what Oprah had to say about the controversial tweet:
“I couldn’t breathe after the election,” she said. But seeing Trump and Obama together at the White House gave her a renewed sense of optimism. “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 honored 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,” Oprah said.
“My mistake, and this is what I know to be true: you can never talk about everybody,” she added. “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.’”
Oprah said that perhaps a better hashtag would have been #CivilityLives, “because this was more civil than I expected it to be.”