Oprah Winfrey optimistic about Trump, other celebs not so much

As Oprah Winfrey reflected Thursday on this week’s election, she said she was initially in disbelief after learned Donald Trump was elected president of the United States.

But the media mogul, who was vocal in her support for Democratic hopeful Hillary Clinton, found some comfort in watching President Barack Obama and president-elect Trump meet with each other at the White House on Thursday.

In an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday, Winfrey said “hope is still alive” after Obama said he was encouraged by Trump’s willingness to work with his team during the transition of power. The meeting between Obama and Trump lasted nearly 90 minutes.

Winfrey didn’t think Trump being elected was a repudiation of Obama. She credits Trump’s victory to his millions of supporters who felt like their voices had not been heard.

“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 brotha has been humbled by this world thing. I think it’s a humbling process that now you literally have the weight of the world on your shoulders,” she said.

Donald Trump’s election stunned many, including celebrities who overwhelmingly supported Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. And, like Winfrey, many issued statements.  Here’s how some of the others reacted to his victory:

  • “Canada has just started building a wall.” – Comedian Ricky Gervais.
  • “Great faith in God works. Mr @realDonaldTrump I’m proud to call you President of the United States of America. And First Lady @melaniatrump.” – Actor Scott Baio.
  • “Never before have so many Americans been asked to accept a President who specifically targeted them with hate and suspicion” – Singer-songwriter John Legend.
  • “Just was watching the news… maybe they’ll ask me to sing ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’ at the inauguration, ha!” – Mick Jagger.
  • “I will never give up on this. I will spend my life fighting for girls to be seen, heard, & valued. Beware a redhead #nastywomenkeepfighting” – Actress Jessica Chastain.
  • “We are staring into the face of our darkest self America. Why does it have to have a dyed combover??” – Actress Connie Britton.
  • “Anyone else wanna puke?” – Actress Kristen Bell.
  • “I need to wake up early and buy tons of stock in a wall building company! And logs! And metal! And levelers!” – Writer-director Judd Apatow.
  • “Our President-elect gave a gracious acceptance speech this AM, making clear what a great leader he will be. It is morning in America again!” – Actor James Woods.
  • “I can’t stop thinking about the millions of Mexicans that live and work in the US and are awaking today in a country where Trump is president” – Actor-director Diego Luna.
  • “I am scared. I will fight. Trump will not crush my spirit. Hope fuels the fire in my belly to seek the change I want to see in this country.” – Actress Gabrielle Union.
  • “Happy hippies, we adjust, and we accept everyone for who they are. So, Donald Trump, I accept you. And this hurts to say, but I even accept you as a President of the United States. And that’s fine. That’s fine, because now I want to be a hopeful hippie.” – Singer Miley Cyrus in a tearful two-minute video.
  • “This new president has a lot of work ahead of himself to heal the divide, I wish him well. For the sake of our beautiful country. Not the blue states. Not the red states, but for THE UNITED STATES of AMERICA.” – Actress-producer Eva Longoria.
  • “It’s a tough time. It’s a real sobering moment, I think, for the country. It was really disheartening to see, all of a sudden, the pride that people have for this country just sort of dwindle down to a deep, deep sadness. But there’s still so much to be done. There’s so much pain and things that need to be fixed.” – Singer and stage actress Deborah Cox, in an interview.
  • “Dear God Please let Ruth Bader Ginsburg live to be 120.” – Actor-comedian Albert Brooks.
  • “Bullying can’t be allowed. Sexism can’t be allowed. Racism can’t be allowed. Homophobia can’t be tolerated. Become activists. Prepare for the next cycle. If senators and congressmen stay the obstructionist they’ve become VOTE THEM OUT. This is our country.” – Actress Octavia Spencer.
  • “Has SNL just thrown all their money at Alec Baldwin yet? This is gonna be a long 4 years.” – Model Chrissy Teigen.
  • “We survived 8 years of Bush. We can survive 2 1/2 years of Trump. Laugh at the darkness and go easy on yourselves, okay?” – Comedian Patton Oswalt.
  • “At least pot’s legal.” – Actor-producer Seth MacFarlane, reacting to voters legalizing recreational marijuana use in California, Massachusetts and Nevada.


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