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Oprah Was Attacked By Trump, But She Shut Him Down With A Response For The Ages

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President Donald Trump is so pathetically insecure in every aspect of his life that he lashes out frequently at other world leaders, politicians and celebrities in a desperate attempt to validate himself, to the great detriment of American politics, culture, economy and society.

A case in point of this phenomenon is Oprah Winfrey. She is, of course, a very well known, highly valued and much loved public figure. Given the current chaos, craziness and sheer randomness of American politics, it was not massively surprising when earlier this year she was widely touted as a future Democratic Presidential candidate after merely giving one or two rousing speeches about social issues.

For instance, she was lauded quite intensely for a period following her speech at the ceremony where she accepted the Cecil B. DeMille award. She covered sensitive topics such as race, corruption and sexual harassment in a sensible, progressivist and profoundly inspiring way. That was ultimately what kicked off the speculation about her supposed plans to run for President in 2020.

Since that period, Winfrey has had to punctuate every interview and public appearance she has given by reeling off the same reasons why she is not going to stand for President of the United States. As wondrous and fantastical as it might seem, this is of course something that can never happen, and that is almost universally accepted.

A rational, sensible President, then, would feel no need to get involved. Sadly, we no longer have one of those. Instead, we have a President who will take any excuse to grab hold of his phone, open Twitter and led a stream of baseless anger flow through him.

Take, for instance, the interview Oprah gave to the 60 Minutes programme. It was a totally inconspicuous interview in which she denied the reports and chatted casually but very intelligently about many issues. But, of course, the President did not see it like that. Following the broadcast, he tweeted:

“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. Hope Oprah runs so she can be exposed and defeated just like all of the others!”

Winfrey wasn’t having any of it.

She explained in her reponse that the segment was in fact totally fair and balanced, saying that she even went back to re-watch the interview after seeing Trump’s tweet to check she hadn’t missed anything. She said:

“… when you do 60 Minutes you sit in a room with at least seven other people who critique the piece before you air it…So, they critique every word and is this fair – you have this whole panel of people looking at whether it was fair…I was working very hard to do the opposite of what I was hate-tweeted about, so, it’s okay.”

Go, Oprah!


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