Trump on Oprah: She won't run in 2020 but I'd win anyway

Trump on Oprah: She won't run in 2020 but I'd win anyway

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders was also drawn into the speculation on Tuesday about a potential Winfrey candidacy.

"There's a world of people for whom Oprah is a powerful and transcendent authority", said Kathryn Lofton, a Yale University professor who wrote a book about Winfrey's role as a spiritual leader in modern America.

"Oprah would be a lot of fun", said Trump, who added that he knows her "very well". Her whole thing going into it was, 'I just want to meet the moment because I know it's going to be a big moment.' Not necessarily for her, but she wanted that to resonate.

She is "actively thinking" about a run, CNN reported on Monday, citing two anonymous "close friends".

"I also know that after years of watching The Oprah (Winfrey) Show you always have the right to change your mind".

Mr Trump's daughter, Ivanka, tweeted her support for Winfrey - though not necessarily politically.

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.

Oprah Winfrey would beat President Trump 50 to 39 percent according to a new NPR  PBS NewsHour  Marist poll
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The backlash on Twitter was swift, with actress Alyssa Milano and others noting that Ms Trump's father has been accused by several women of sexual harassment and was recorded bragging about sexual assault. But it was her support of women calling out sexual harassment that fueled talk among Democrats in states where presidential runs usually begin, Iowa and New Hampshire. "We get hit from every possible angle", she said.

"I think one of the arguments for Oprah is 45", Pelosi said, referring to Trump in shorthand for the 45th president.

"But in terms of where she stands on a number of positions, I would find a lot of problems with that", Sanders said.

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

Oprah Winfrey for president was something of a running theme throughout the Golden Globes on Sunday, beginning with Seth Meyers' opening monologue.

And if the Golden Globes are any predictor of what will happen in the next two years, expect to get real exhausted real fast by talk of President Oprah. She's a woman. She likes to read. But she certainly hasn't done it yet, and we should all be extremely skeptical unless and until she shows us why, beyond just being rich and famous, she'd actually make a good president.

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