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After sparking a firestorm on social media by posting a tweet during Sunday’s Golden Globe awards which endorsed Oprah Winfrey as “OUR future president,” NBC News deleted the tweet from its account on Monday, claiming that it was posted by a “third party agency.”

Following a joke by Golden Globes host Seth Meyers in which he forbade Winfrey from running for president, noting he did the same with Donald Trump in 2011, NBC News tweeted “Nothing but respect for OUR future president” to its 1.77 million followers, along with an picture of Winfrey.

NBC News removed the tweet from its feed, and posted another one Monday, claiming that the controversial endorsement of Winfrey was “sent by a third party agency for NBC Entertainment in real time during the broadcast.”

The network contended that the tweet was “in reference to a joke made during the monologue and not meant to be a political statement. We have since removed the tweet.”

Donald Trump Jr. responded to NBC’s tweet supporting Winfrey, blasting them by writing that their bias against President Donald Trump “is now so obvious they have simply given up hiding it.”

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