Oprah Winfrey’s optimistic comments earlier this week about Donald Trump’s White House win touched a nerve with fans that have been struggling with shock, fear, and anger over the election results. Winfrey told the Associated Press, “I could sense, maybe I’m wrong, but I could sense from Donald Trump’s body language even when he came out for the acceptance speech. That brother has been humbled by this whole thing. I think it’s a humbling process that now you literally have the weight of the world on your shoulders.” Later, she tweeted, “Everybody take a deep breath! #HopeLives!”
The response was not great.
My first time seeing this.— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) November 12, 2016
I'm stumped honestly. Want to assume she means something deep that doesn't come through well on Twitter. https://t.co/eNUM2MxCcz
I mean @Oprah will deep breaths help women who need abortions?— Jennifer Gunter (@DrJenGunter) November 12, 2016
I don't need @Oprah telling me I can take a deep breath when this new administration supports cutting my job and firing me for who I date.— Casey (@pari_passu) November 12, 2016