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Oprah for president? Winfrey fans urge White House run after #MeToo speech

12 January 2018

The touchstone of her speech was the #MeToo movement.

"I think lessons we all learned from watching Hillary's run, and how her ambition was unfavorably and unfairly viewed, coupled with Oprah's existing popularity, could give Oprah a strong start", Palmieri said.

Reese Witherspoon alluded to her friend's superstar status while introducing her at the Globes: "There's only one person whose name is a verb, an adjective, and a feeling".

Winfrey could supplement any campaign with her own wealth. The question is: "Would she want to?" Oprah has 76% of the Democrats support, whereas Trump has 12%. In fact, that's been the focus of her occasional "60 Minutes" segments. This idea is not new.

Trump also powered his successful 2016 campaign on the back of his celebrity reputation from reality TV show "The Apprentice", as well as long-cultivated attention in NY newspapers. There's more, of course. 34% of voters found Oprah to be "unfavorable" and 18% found her "very unfavorable". Always have. Sure, she gets into goofy mumbo jumbo like a lot of rich celebrities-remember the Open Heart Journaling Sessions?-but I think she's a honest person.

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American talk show host Oprah Winfrey has recently delivered a Golden Globes speech, people listened and her fans are now urging her to run for president of the United States in 2020.

"According to two of Winfrey's close friends who requested anonymity to speak freely, Winfrey is "actively thinking" about running for president in 2020", reported Brian Stelter.

We have little idea of her positions.

"I want to express gratitude to all the women who have endured years of abuse and assault because they, like my mother, had children to feed and bills to pay and dreams to pursue", she said.

I know that dismissing Oprah represents old-line thinking, but maybe old-line thinking isn't so bad. If we've learned anything from Trump, it's that celebrities make lousy politicians. As one unsourced White House source memorably tells Wolff: Trump is "an idiot surrounded by clowns".

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"A candidate who can use media, particularly new media, and who already has a media empire might be able to make significant inroads in the electorate", he said.

Maybe she will yield to the urgent pleas of Americans looking for a celebrity force powerful enough to counter Donald Trump. The stable genius is already facing the looming prospect of being interviewed by Robert Mueller as part of the Russian Federation probe, and now, reading his Twitter feed, he sees his daughter roundly mocked for tweeting: "Just saw @Oprah's empowering & inspiring speech at last night's #GoldenGlobes". Let's all come together, women & men, & say #TIMESUP!

Trump benefited from his star power to win more free media exposure than his rivals in the Republican primary and was able to run a relatively affordable campaign. Oprah is an enormous TV star, by orders of magnitude bigger than anything Trump accomplished in that space.

"If she'd do it, she'd be fantastic", Trump said then.

"Oprah", Meyers said, looking out at her in the audience, "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 - and some have said that night convinced him to run". He might actually think that, but it's hardly the point. It would be like that again, but with even less of a historical precedent.

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Oprah for president? Winfrey fans urge White House run after #MeToo speech