Is Oprah Winfrey going to run for president in 2020?
The media mogul sparked speculation this week when she hinted at a possible 2020 presidential candidacy on Twitter.
The buzz was the aftermath of a simple retweet by Winfrey, featuring a New York Post op-ed column headline reading, “Democrats’ Best Hope for 2020: Oprah.”
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) September 28, 2017
Considering that earlier this year, Winfrey told The Hollywood Reporter, “I will never run for public office,” the retweet was a total shock to fans.
However, all that changed in March, when the 63-year-old, a longtime supporter of former President Barack Obama, revealed she had a change of heart following the election of Donald Trump.
“Have you ever thought that — given the popularity that you have — we haven’t broken the glass ceiling yet for women, that you could actually run for president and be elected?” Bloomberg Media’s David Rubenstein asked Winfrey during an interview.
“I actually never considered the question, even the possibility,” she replied, “but Trump, who was elected sans former military service or government experience, changed the playing field. I thought, ‘Oh, gee, I don’t have the experience, I don’t know enough,’ ” said Winfrey, who had endorsed Trump’s opponent, Hillary Clinton, in 2016. “And now I’m thinking, ‘Oh.’ ”
Meanwhile, in the Post write-up, Hohn Podhoretz suggests that in order for the Democrats to beat Trump in 2020, they’re going to need “a grand, outsized fearless star whom Trump can neither intimidate nor outshine.”
Taking into account Winfrey’s ability to connect with people, Podhoretz suggests it leaves her “uniquely positioned, should she wish to commit herself, to seek the Democratic nomination for president and challenge Trump in 2020.”
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