Oprah Delivers the Most Elegant, Unbothered Clapback to Trump’s Twitter Nonsense

Oprah Winfrey accepts the 2018 Cecil B. DeMille Award during the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 7, 2018, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images)

Leave it to Oprah Winfrey to hit snooze on the bullshit.

In an interview with Ellen DeGeneres on Thursday, the Queen Mother of Living Your Best Life revealed how she responded to Donald Trump’s attack on her following a piece she did for 60 Minutes.


The 60 Minutes segment, which aired Sunday, featured Oprah with a group of Michigan voters to discuss Trump’s messy-ass first year in office.

Trump, who just about never passes up an opportunity to malign black women (Omarosa is the exception that proves the rule), during one of his late-night hate-tweeting sessions, responded to the segment thusly: “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 continued, presumably tweeting through his cheeseburger-meat sweat. “Hope Oprah runs so she can be exposed and defeated just like all of the others!”

(Quick pause on “who at one point I knew very well”; even when Trump is slamming Oprah, he still thirsts for adjacency to the throne. Sir, this is like a darker, sadder version of that scene in the movie Elf when Will Farrell, provoked by news that Santa would be coming, yells “Santaaaaaaaa! ... I know him!”)


As the New York Daily News reports, Oprah revealed to Ellen that she was asleep throughout Trump’s little Twitter tirade and that, upon waking, was completely unbothered by the whole thing.

“I woke up and I just thought”—at which point Oprah shrugged, “and I don’t like giving negativity power, so I just thought, ‘What?’”


Oprah was confident that she had been fair and balanced in her presentation, telling Ellen that she was careful to make sure different views were represented. In an earlier version of the 60 Minutes segment, for example, Oprah noticed that no conservative voices were included in response to a question about whether they cared about what other people thought about America.

“And I said, I remembered the guy Matt had said, ‘No, we’re the only people that 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,’” Oprah told Ellen. “So I was working very hard to do the opposite of what I was hate-tweeted about, so it’s OK.”


And that is that on that.

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