Oprah Winfrey was a vocal supporter of President Obama and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, but that didn’t stop her from offering encouraging words about President-elect Donald Trump.
In an interview with the Associated Press, the retired talk show queen remarked that in her mind, “hope is still alive.”
￼“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,” she said.
“I think it’s a humbling process that now you literally have the weight of the world on your shoulders.”
Winfrey had previously spoken differently of the billionaire as she pushed for a Clinton victory in the lead-up to the election.
“I hear this all the time,” Winfrey said. “You get in conversations, and there’s not a person in this room who hasn’t been in the same conversation, where people say, ‘I just don’t know if I like her.’”
“She’s not coming over to your house,” Winfrey continued. “You don’t have to like her. Do you like this country? Do you like democracy or do you want a demagogue?”
By Thursday afternoon, though, Winfrey was trying to think positively about the outcome, tweeting a photo of Trump meeting with Obama in the White House, and advising her followers, “Everybody take a deep breath! #HopeLives!”
Friday, she echoed those sentiments during an interview with Entertainment Tonight.
“I think we have, you know, we… America has spoken.”
She added that she became much more at ease with a Trump presidency after seeing how the billionaire’s meeting went with Obama.
“I just saw the two of them together, I will say this: I just saw President-elect Trump with President Obama in the White House and it gave me hope,” she said.
“To hear President-elect Trump say that he had respect for President Obama, it felt that he had reached a moment where he was actually humbled by that experience.”
“To hear President Obama say that he has renewed confidence in the peaceful transition, I think everybody can take a deep breath,” she continued.
(via: Western Journalism)