Winfrey's Golden Globes speech sparks talk of 2020 campaign

Kelvin Reese
January 10, 2018

Oprah Winfrey is not actively considering a run for president in 2020 but has been "intrigued" by the buzz sparked by her impassioned speech at the Golden Globes on Sunday, her friend Gayle King said Tuesday on CBS's "This Morning" program. Trevor Noah can see it.

Late-night show host Jimmy Kimmel said at a press conference Monday that he thought Winfrey's speech was "preaching to the choir" with her Hollywood audience.

The former talk-show host, actor and businesswoman received the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement, and delivered a rousing acceptance speech.

"To the media, the left in this country, Oprah apparently is their chosen one, she's the new messiah that they'll blindly worship and follow like the sheep they are", Hannity said.

"I like Oprah. I don't think she's going to run". She supported both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton and in the 2016 election drama, Donald Trump had suggested she ought to be his running mate - a suggestion she did not appear to take seriously.

But it was her exhortation of the legions of women who have called out sexual harassers - and her dream of a day "when nobody has to say "me too" again" - that got some political operatives, in early voting states such as Iowa and New Hampshire, thinking Winfrey might be just what the Democrats need. "They're the complete opposite!"

Seth Meyers
Seth Meyers hosted the event for the first time

"Yeah, I'll beat Oprah", he answered. I do think that.

Team Trump said, 'We welcome the challenge, whether it be Oprah Winfrey or anybody else.' Preferably anybody else. The notion got a boost from Oprah's partner, Stedman Graham, who told the LA Times that Oprah would "absolutely do it" if the conditions were right, but "it's up to the people".

For what it's worth, on the same program in October 2017, Oprah herself declared, "there will be no running for office of any kind for me".

"Reporters asked the White House today for their response to a potential Oprah candidacy".

"Some of Winfrey's confidants have been privately urging her to run", the article reads.

And here's a suggestion she might want to look at... The television star never let you down, voted for a bill you didn't like and never accepted a compromise that you find disappointing. "They responded officially to the news that Oprah might run, saying, 'We welcome all comers.' Yeah, which is very easy to remember cause it's the exact opposite of their immigration policies".

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