Oprah 2020? NBC Appears to Endorse Winfrey for Next US President

| JAN 8, 2018 | 2:38 PM

UPDATE [1/8/18, 11:00 a.m. ET]:

NBC later deleted the tweet:


In another tweet, the network claimed that a third party agency sent the tweet which was not meant to be “a political statement”:

Original Story:

NBC provoked intense backlash after it tweeted an endorsement of talk-show star and Golden Globe Award recipient Oprah Winfrey on Sunday:

The tweet came on the same night that Winfrey became the first black woman to win a lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes. It's unclear when NBC hoped Winfrey would take office, but their capitalizing “OUR” appeared to reference President Donald Trump opponents' slogan “Not My President.”

Donald Trump Jr., the president's son, ripped into the network, saying the tweet evinced bias against his father:

“The bias against @realDonaldTrump is now so obvious they have simply given up hiding it,” he wrote Monday.

During the awards ceremony Sunday night, Winfrey laughed in response to host Seth Meyers joking about how he wanted her to be president.

Winfrey received a round of accolades for her acceptance speech in which she portrayed an optimistic future for American girls. “I want all the girls watching here now to know that a new day is on the horizon!” she said.

That night, many celebrities tweeted their support for Winfrey's would-be presidential run:

Although Winfrey said in June that she would never run for public office, her longtime partner Stedman Graham said Sunday that “she would absolutely do it.”