Oprah Winfrey is responding to backlash she received after tweeting “Everybody take a deep breath! #HopeLives!” next to a picture of the Obama and Trump shortly after their first meeting.
On Sunday night, Oprah took time on Facebook Live to explain what she meant. Oprah was joined by film director Ava DuVernay to promote the new documentary “13th,” and she kept it real about her words.
When asked a question concerning Trump, Oprah responded, “I cannot say it, I’m already in trouble for a tweet.”
“Y’all heard about my tweet problems?” she said. “This is the second time I’ve had tweet troubles.”
She then explained that the first instance was years ago when her network, OWN, first started, and she asked on Twitter for Nielsen box holders to turn on OWN, which is against the ratings company’s rules.
About this latest tweet about Trump, Oprah said, “I couldn’t breathe after the election, I was just like [shows holding breath]”
“I was expecting tension, awkwardness and strain. So, when I saw them sitting together, and I actually took a picture of the screen that said ‘President-elect Trump honored to meet Obama,'” she said. “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 … I can breathe now.”
“My mistake, and what I know to be true, you can never talk about everybody,” she said. “Even in your arguments with your husband and your children. Don’t talk about what you should do, what you outta do, what everybody else should do, only speak for yourself.”
Oprah said she should have just tweeted about her own reaction such as, “I just took a breath.”
She added that her tweet was only about “the transition of power,” not “everything.”
You can watch the full discussion between Oprah and Ava below.