Oprah Winfrey thinks it’s time for everyone to “take a deep breath” after Donald Trump won the presidential election.
The popular TV personality told Entertainment Tonight on Friday that she was encouraged by Trump’s meeting with President Barack Obama on Thursday. “I just saw President-elect Trump with President Obama in the White House, and it gave me hope,” she told ET. “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.”
She continued: “To hear President Obama say that he has renewed confidence in the peaceful transition, I think everybody can take a deep breath,” she continued. “Everybody can take a deep breath now!”
She shared similar sentiments on Thursday in an interview with the Associated Press, declaring that “hope is still alive.” She said, “I could sense from Donald Trump’s body language even when he came out for the acceptance speech, that brotha 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.”
Winfrey, who previously supported Hillary Clinton and called Trump a demagogue, was criticized on social media for her comments, including by comedian Patton Oswalt. “Oprah what the f—? This is not one of my favorite things,” he tweeted.
Oprah what the fuck? This is not one of my favorite things. https://t.co/yfGmR2NFLf
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) November 12, 2016
See the segment below.