“I have no problem with Oprah Winfrey. What she did last night was great. She stood up for women especially in Hollywood. I support that as I think everyone should and I think Oprah has a tremendous capacity for human empathy. She has an incredible, strong personal story. Overcoming sadness and tragedy in a horrible upbringing. I applaud her for what she has done in her life.”Following this, Hannity went back to tearing into the “snowflake Hollywood left” while telling them to “relax and stop trying to buy your ticket on the Oprah 2020 train.” Watch the clip above, via Fox News. [image via screengrab] — Follow Justin Baragona on Twitter: @justinbaragona
Once the reaction to Oprah Winfrey’s Golden Globes speech shifted to calls for a presidential run, and the media began asking if Winfrey was looking to get in the 2020 race, you just knew the backlash from Fox News’ opinion hosts was right around the corner. Tonight, Sean Hannity looked to ding liberals and the “biased media” for what he saw as their over-the-top embrace of Oprah as they looked for another messiah to replace Barack Obama. At the same time, however, he wanted it to be known that he had “no problem” with the talk show legend. “To the media — the left in this country Oprah is their chosen one, the new messiah they’ll worship and follow like the sheep they are,” Hannity declared. “Here is why. The media and the left in this country, well, they now seem to think Oprah is the one person that can them fulfill their ultimate goal — to destroy Donald Trump and defeat President Trump.” After slamming NBC News for its deleted “OUR future president” tweet about Oprah, and using it to take more shots at the network, Hannity then derided “private jet liberals” over their “newfound political affection for Oprah.” Wondering aloud why those in Hollywood aren’t praising Trump for the economy, the Fox News host shifted to offering up praise for Winfrey.