The White House responded on Monday to speculation that Winfrey could mount a bid for the presidency, saying that President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for "serious case of amnesia" after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don't want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE and his team would "welcome the challenge, whether it be Oprah Winfrey or anybody else".
Actress Meryl Streep, who was nominated for her role in "The Post", told The Washington Post that Winfrey "launched a rocket tonight" and declared, "I want her to run for president".
The president added that he appeared on one of the media mogul's final shows and knows her "very well". In fact, she was brought into the mix nearly 20 years ago by current President Donald Trump.
"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", he said. While Hillary Clinton had trouble getting key demographics such as white women to vote for her in 2016, Jones doesn't think that gaining broad support would be a problem for Winfrey since she has longstanding fans across many demographics.
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Winfrey never mentioned Trump by name, but expressed admiration for women who have spoken out against sexual misconduct.
"It's up to the people", Winfrey's longtime partner, Stedman Graham, apparently told the LA Times inside the ceremony. The 63-year-old, who yesterday became the first African-American woman to win the Cecil B DeMille Award at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards, used the platform to say that discrimination based on race and gender was no longer acceptable. People are begging her, please run, please run, please run.
"Oprah, don't do it" advised a New York Times editorial, calling it a "terrible idea" that would show how far celebrity and ratings have repudiated experience and expertise. No, I like Oprah. But presidential elections tend to be personality driven, and that could work in Winfrey's favor.
"There will be no running for office of any kind for me", Oprah said on CBS This Morning back in October of 2017, flanked by her friend King.
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A majority of voters, 52%,-said they viewed her favorably, including a whopping 72% favorable vs. 7% unfavorable rating among Democratic voters, an optimistic sign for a potential Democratic primary.
But look, I get it. Democrats have been traumatized by recent events, and one of the responses is to throw up your hands and say, "Fine then". "She's popular, she's brilliant, she's a wonderful woman. It'd be a pretty good ticket".
I think Oprah would be great.
Asked what advice she would give a political outsider looking to run for president, press secretary Sarah Sanders declined to engage.
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I wouldn't rule it out, but I don't see him beating down their door saying "it's now or never" because I don't think it is. It happened to Liverpool [with Coutinho].