"I don't like giving negativity power so I just thought, 'What?'" Winfrey says.
"I woke up and I just thought..." Winfrey told Ellen DeGeneres Thursday, then simply shrugged.
"And I don't like giving negativity power so I just thought, 'What?'" Winfrey added on the daytime talk show.
The media mogul is of course referring to Trump's beef with her investigation into America's political divide under Trump's administration on last Sunday's episode of "60 Minutes." The segment aired just six weeks after Winfrey's inspiring #TimesUp speech at the Golden Globes, which gave many Americans the idea that Winfrey would be the perfect candidate for the 2020 presidential election. The media mogul, however, has made it clear that she's not interested. Still, Trump encouraged her to run -- but only so he could beat her.
Just watched a very insecure Oprah Winfrey, who at one point I knew very well, interview a panel of people on 60 Minutes. The questions were biased and slanted, the facts incorrect. Hope Oprah runs so she can be exposed and defeated just like all of the others!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 19, 2018
Despite the negativity of Trump's tweet, Winfrey said she still tried to understand his perspective.
"What I actually really did was I went back and looked at the tape to see if there was any place that could be true. Did I feel like it was slanted or bias?" Winfrey said. "I went back and I looked at every tape. I called the producer, because what actually happened was when you do '60 Minutes,' you sit in a room with at least seven other people who critique the piece before you air it, before you do the introduction to it, and then they give you the critique. They critique every word."
During that time, Winfrey actually noticed that something was missing after she asked her guests, "Do you care what other people think about America?"
"They'd only used the Democratic side," Winfrey said. "I remember the guy, Matt had said, 'No, we're the only people that are worried about what other countries are thinking of us.' So I said, 'I think you should go back and put that in 'cause it makes it more balanced.' So I was working very hard to do the opposite of what I was hate-tweeted about so it's okay."
Earlier in the show, DeGeneres read Trump's tweet out loud to her studio audience and then proceeded to defend her friend during her opening monologue.
"Oh no you didn't," DeGeneres said. "No, no, no. He's gone too far. Oprah is my friend and when you mess with Oprah, you mess with me."
"Let's break down this president's tweet. First, he said Oprah is insecure so here's a video of Oprah talking to her colleagues and it doesn't seem like she's insecure. You'll see," the daytime talk show host added before rolling a clip of her Golden Globes speech and one of Trump's clips at a debate.
DeGeneres then showed Winfrey's tendency to give back to her viewers with her famous "you get a car" clip and then rolled another one of Trump giving back to those in need in Puerto Rico after a devastating hurricane.
"You get a paper towels and you get a paper towels and you get a paper towels," DeGeneres said. "So President Trump it's time for a ah-ha moment, OK? You're not just some guy on Twitter anymore. You're the president for all of us. It is your job to unite people and you don't do it by attacking people, especially Oprah."
"I mean George Washington may be the father of our country, but Oprah is the mother of our country," she added. "Like I said you don't mess with Oprah when she's my friend."