Donald Trump Jr. took NBC to task Monday over a tweet in which the network appeared to endorse a 2020 presidential run from media mogul and famed television host Oprah Winfrey.
Winfrey received widespread praise for her victory speech as she accepted the Cecil B. DeMille award Sunday during the Golden Globes.
Acclaim for her speech was so intense that many speculated she should challenge Donald Trump and run for president in 2020.
Twitter users took to the platform to encourage her to run, but the most notable tweet referring to her potential future presidency came from a surprising source — the official account of the National Broadcasting Company.
“Nothing but respect for OUR future president,” NBC tweeted, while attaching a GIF of Winfrey.
As noted by The Hill, the tweet seemed to be a reference to a viral meme in which people would caption various photos with the sentence, “Nothing but respect for MY president.”
The blowback from Twitter users was swift, with the network receiving almost universal criticism for what was seen as politically biased tweet.
Some of the most intense criticism came from Trump Jr., who noted that the tweet was just more evidence of the mainstream media’s bias against his father, the president. Trump Jr. went on to indicate that Americans are completely unable to trust the media anymore.
“In case anyone had any doubts about where the media stands this should take care of it. The bias against @realDonaldTrump is now so obvious they have simply given up hiding it,” he wrote. “Can you trust anything they say at this point?”
“Americans see the truth in job #s & in their wallets!”
Other users expressed similar sentiments.
Following the criticism, NBC deleted the tweet.
On Monday, the network revealed that the post was done in response to a joke made by Golden Globes host Seth Meyers during the awards ceremony.
“In 2011, I told some jokes about our current president at the White House Correspondents Dinner. Jokes about how he was unqualified to be president,” Meyers said.
“Some have said that night convinced him to run,” he continued. “So if that’s true, I just want to say: Oprah, you will never be president! You do not have what it takes!”
Trump Jr. took note of the fact that NBC had deleted the tweet, but he wanted to make sure his followers could still see the original post.
“Strange. Seems that @nbc took down there tweet. In case you missed it here it is,” he wrote.
As The Western Journal reported, Winfrey used much of her speech to address the flurry of sexual misconduct scandals that have recently rocked the entertainment industry.
She was also one of many performers to made subtle jabs at President Donald Trump and give a nod to progressive talking points.
Winfrey spoke of “a culture broken by beautifully powerful men.” But she concluded with a bit of optimism, noting that “a new day … is on the horizon.”
According to The Washington Post, Winfrey’s words sparked a controversy, with some saying she should challenge Trump in 2020, while others said she did not have the experience necessary to run for the highest elected office in the land.
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