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Oprah Winfrey 'actively considering' running for President

Oprah Winfrey 'actively considering' running for President

"Yeah, I'll beat Oprah" he said, before adding that he didn't think the fellow billionaire was going to run, but that she "would be a lot of fun".

And while she didn't explicitly say that she would run for president in 2020, many people are still pretty keen for her to do so.

Trump, a billionaire TV star whose ascent to the presidency was fueled by name recognition, sheer wattage and personality, has long praised Winfrey, who shares numerous same qualities. She had Donald Trump and my family.

Andy Cohen pointed out that Oprah doesn't have any political experience.

Asked about all the presidential speculation suddenly swirling around Winfrey, the typically pugilistic Trump steered clear of nasty nicknames and colorful insults while sizing up such a potential celebrity showdown.

Look, it's highly unlikely, even if Stedman said so.

Even so, for Democrats in early voting states, and perhaps for a public that largely disapproves of President Donald Trump's job performance, the notion of a popular media figure as a presidential candidate is not as unusual as it once seemed, given the NY real estate mogul and reality TV star now in the White House.

Winfrey never mentioned Trump by name, but expressed admiration for women who have spoken out against sexual misconduct. Her longtime partner suggested that she could be persuaded. 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.

At the start of the Golden Globes on Sunday, host Seth Meyers playfully encouraged her to run against Trump. She is probably the most beloved human being on Earth.




But Tarana Burke, founder of the "Me Too" movement, said on MSNBC Monday, "We need smart leadership and Oprah is the epitome of that".

But some media commentators also injected skepticism into the surge of excitement among fans of the former talk show star, saying the Democratic Party and the country might well reject the notion of another celebrity political novice following Trump's 2016 election.

Oprah's presidential history also extends to the previous administration.

Trump himself has lavished praise on Winfrey over the years, including in 2015, when he said that he would consider her as a running mate on his Republican ticket.

Winfrey strongly shut down speculation that she would run for president in June 2017 during a podcast with The Hollywood Reporter. Some of her confidants have been privately urging her to run, the sources said.

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

"She's popular, she's brilliant, she's a wonderful woman", he said at the time.

"So much has been said about what my jumping into this arena does or does not bring to the table of politics".


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