Last night, February 18th, Oprah Winfrey conducted a panel discussion about Donald Trump’s presidency on CBS’s 60 Minutes. And after the segment aired, the famously thin-skinned Trump attacked Oprah in a late-night tweet, calling the former talk show host “insecure” and accusing her of asking “biased and slanted” questions.
In her panel, Oprah addressed a group of voters she had interviewed in the fall of 2017, half of whom had voted for Trump. She asked the Trump supporters in the group if they still supported him. As part of her discussion, she alluded to a comment in January when Trump referred to certain nations as “shithole countries,” and she also broached the subject of allegations of sexual harassment and assault made against the president. And in one of his signature “Trump tweets,” the president lashed out at Oprah in response.
In writing that he hopes Oprah runs, Trump was referring to a rumor that Oprah would run for president, which surfaced after her Cecil B. DeMille Award acceptance speech at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards on January 8th. And although Trump claimed that he could beat Oprah if the two faced off in the 2020 presidential election, an NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll released on January 11th showed that more Americans would actually vote for Oprah in this hypothetical scenario. But Oprah laid to rest rumors of her presidential campaign during her 60 Minutes segment.
Oprah has been serving as an occasional 60 Minutes correspondent since September 2017, when she presented a story about the country’s political divisiveness.
Trump’s tweet about Oprah on 60 Minutes does little besides prove the president’s hatred of criticism. By declaring Oprah “insecure” and doubling down on his claim that he could defeat her in an election that she won’t participate in, Trump has revealed his own insecurities. We applaud Oprah for listening to voters during this politically divisive time.