Oprah for president? Golden Globes speech sparks 2020 campaign speculation

Wendy Jensen
January 10, 2018

When asked Monday aboard Air Force One about a potential high-profile general election opponent to President Donald Trump - namely, self-made billionaire media proprietor and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey - deputy White House spokesman Hogan Gidley responded, "We welcome the challenge, whether it be Oprah Winfrey or anybody else".

As she received a lifetime achievement award from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the actress and TV star spoke of her humble upbringing and her childhood respect for civil rights heroes.

Friends said private discussions had been ongoing for months, adding that she was "actively thinking" about running for President.

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But now with newly-fueled rumors of a possible Winfrey run for the presidency in 2020, her views are receiving renewed attention.

"It is not lost on me that at this moment there are some little girls watching as I become the first black woman to be given the same award", Winfrey said. She was just walking home from the church service she'd attended in Abbeville, Alabama, when she was abducted by six armed white men, raped, and left blindfolded by the side of the road coming home from church. "I applaud her for what she has done in her life". A friend emphasized to CNN that "Winfrey has not made up her mind about running".

Winfrey's delivery wasn't the soft, enfolding, personal empathy of "Oprah on the couch".

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Just days into 2018, the race for the USA presidency in 2020 is already making headlines. For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dared to speak their truth to the power of those men, but their time is up.

Oprah also branched out into acting. She was also criticized for serving as a surrogate for him. I don't think she had any intention of declaring. She is credited with roles in almost 30 movie and TV productions, including a role in director Steven Spielberg's The Colour Purple that earned her an Oscar nomination for best supporting actress. "I had to dry my eyes before presenting the director's award right after Oprah's speech".

Forbes past year estimated her net worth at US$3 billion and placed her third on its list of the America's richest self-made women.

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But given her connections, Winfrey might have a fund-raising advantage over her rivals in liberal Hollywood, which is often called an automatic teller machine for Democratic candidates.

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