Trump heats up talks after claiming he was friends with Oprah until he ran for office

Mary Scott
Nov 08, 2018
02:47 P.M.

President Trump, last Sunday, claimed that he and media mogul, Oprah Winfrey were friends until he ran for office. He also made other reportedly false statements about her.


While addressing the crowd at a campaign rally for Brian Kemp in Georgia, Trump said:

"Oprah was a friend of mine until I ran for office. Once I ran for office she diverged."

The current president has been campaigning for Republican candidates across the country, and on Sunday, he visited the Peach State to rally support for Kemp, Georgia's current secretary of state and Republican candidate for governor.


Apart from charging up Republican supporters by touting size and telling them “there have never been crowds like this,” Trump also noted that Winfrey has "been down to Mar-a-Lago."

He further insisted that he was on the Oprah Winfrey Show during the last week it aired, a claim that many reports have outed as false. According to Trump, Winfrey had her "five most important people" on her show that week, and he was one of them.

“I was on her full show on the last week. I think they’re trying to burn the tape," he said.

Yahoo Entertainment noted that the Oprah Winfrey Show ended in May 2011 and Trump’s final appearance on there was in February.



The president’s fixation on Winfrey this time was prompted by the veteran journalist’s recent action of campaigning for Stacey Abrams, the Democratic candidate in Georgia’s gubernatorial race.

In an Instagram clip, Winfrey, 64, was seen going from house to house in a Georgia neighborhood to canvass for votes on behalf of Abrams.


The Barack Obama supporter also addressed people in campaign appearances, but not once did she mention Trump. Instead, she used words like “vitriol” and “crazy talk” to describe the current state of politics in the United States.

Polls have shown Abrams and Kemp locked in a close race ahead of today’s election, and Trump reminded the crowd that came out to him in Georgia:

“Oprah was here to endorse Stacey and I am here to endorse Brian, and you know what? I hope you’re going to listen to my endorsement.”



Trump and Winfrey do go way back, but their relationship has hardly seemed more than platonic. In 1988, a much younger Trump was a guest on her popular show, and there he talked about his presidential aspirations.

In 1999, while on another talk show, Trump praised the OWN boss and said that she would be a top pick for his presidential running mate.

The relationship soured in February after Winfrey did a “60 Minutes” segment where she interviewed a group of Trump voters and non-Trump voters. The interview angered Trump who called it “biased” and referred to Winfrey as “insecure.”



Meanwhile, only a few days ago, the president was slammed with a cease-and-desist letter from another celebrity. Pharrell Williams decided to take legal action against Trump after his song, “Happy” was played at one of Trump’s campaign rallies.

The timing was all the more insensitive because, on the same day, 11 Jews had been killed in an anti-Semitic shooting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


The letter, written by Williams’ attorney, Howard E. King, read:

“On the day of the mass murder of 11 human beings at the hands of a deranged ‘nationalist,’ you played his song ‘Happy’ to a crowd at a political event in Indiana. There was nothing ‘happy’ about the tragedy inflicted upon our country on Saturday and no permission was granted for your use of this song for this purpose.”

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