Winfrey's Golden Globes speech sparks talk of 2020 presidential campaign

Carla Harmon
January 14, 2018

Following her inspirational Golden Globes speech, "Oprah 2020" started trending on Twitter, as people wondered (and hoped) the star had plans on running for presidency in the next U.S. election.

"I think Oprah Winfrey would make an absolutely brilliant president", the director, who's in London promoting The Post, told Britain's The Guardian newspaper.

Oprah addressed the Weinstein sex scandal on her Facebook account late past year, writing: "I've been processing the accounts of Harvey Weinstein's ugly behavior and haven't been able to find the words to articulate the magnitude of the situation". I did one of her last shows.

"I don't think at this point she is actually considering it", King said.

"Yeah, I'd beat Oprah", he said.

Her best friend, Gayle King, says they have discussed the notion of running at length.

"It's clear you don't need government experience to be elected president of the United States", she said.

Speaking to her "CBS This Morning" co-anchors, King said Tuesday that Winfrey's longtime stance on the issue hasn't changed and that after speaking with her, she doesn't think she's "actively considering" a presidential bid.

In some ways, a Winfrey candidacy isn't that far fetched at a time in which a reality show star worked his way into the White House, shattering numerous norms along the way.

The President will have surprised few observers with his predicted outcome of any future White House race against Ms Winfrey.

When asked if Winfrey had the skill set to be president, Spielberg took a dig at Donald Trump.

"She lived, as we all have lived, too many years in a culture broken by the brutally powerful men", she said.

The press secretary added: "Is she a successful individual?" "But in terms of where she stands on a number of positions, I would find a lot of problems with that".

Oprah has not made any comments about the speculation which was triggered after her moving speech at the recently held Golden Globe Awards.

"That's overtly political language", CNN political reporter and editor-at-large Chris Cillizza said. Of course, I love Oprah like everybody else.

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Winfrey never mentioned running for office. Good for her for focusing on that.

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