Trump, speaking with reporters during a White House meeting with lawmakers, said in response to a question, “Yeah I’ll beat Oprah”.
Since Winfrey’s speech at the Golden Globes on Sunday, where she gave an impassioned defense of abused women, told personal stories of her childhood and said a new day was on the horizon for women, speculation has increased about a bid.
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Winfrey’s speech as she accepted the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award on Sunday touched on her humble upbringing and childhood wonder in civil rights heroes.
‘Stedman says he thought the reporter said to him, “Would she make a good president?” and he said absolutely she would, ‘ King said Tuesday on the show she co-hosts, CBS This Morning. As president, she would take advice from wise and experienced people in the civil service and in the wider American government system. “I know her very well”, he said.
She added, however, “You always have the right to change her mind”. “Really?”, and bemoaned the “impossibly boring” current crop of major political figures, making people more likely to vote for celebrities like Trump or Winfrey.
Two decades ago on CNN, Mr Trump said that if he was to ever run for president, he would choose Ms Winfrey as his running mate.
On the other hand, there is little I can imagine Trump hating more than having to spend the rest of his presidency listening to the talking heads on television rave about what a better president Oprah would be. ‘I don’t think she is actively considering it at this time’. But many experienced commentators, including the Los Angeles Times, say she doesn’t have the experience needed for the job.
The idea of bumper stickers reading “Oprah 2020” may be a liberal fantasy, but some Democratic Party activists are chattering about a Winfrey for president campaign anyway.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., noted that Winfrey, like Trump, lacks any kind of governing experience. Am I the only one that had that feeling? She wasn’t writing this thinking, ‘I’m going to launch my presidential campaign, ‘ which, by the way, she’s not even thinking about having a presidential campaign. Those individuals note that approval ratings tend to crash immediately once an individual announces their intent to run for office, and point to her lack of legislating experience as a potential liability for her.