Following weeks of fevered expectation fuelled by a blockbuster Golden Globes acceptance speech, Oprah Winfrey is on the record saying she will not seek to become the first female President of the United States in the 2020 election.
Oprah InStyle but not in the Oval Office
“It’s not something that interests me. I don’t have the DNA for it,” Oprah told InStyle in an interview published earlier today.
“I met with someone the other day who said that they would help me with a campaign. That’s not for me.”
Long associated with Democratic Party politics, and credited with the key endorsement that established President Barrack Obama’s 2008 election bid, Winfrey has a lot of chips to cash in if she ever did want to make a run. She has no prior political or military experience, but that barrier to the highest office in the land was smashed by the current incumbent, Donald Trump.
Winfrey’s Golden Globes speech, which came in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, wowed millions and led to #Oprah2020 trending on Twitter for days. At first there was nothing to back up the hype, but her long-term partner Stedman Graham was quotes by the Los Angeles Times as saying, “It’s up to the people. She would absolutely do it.” Anticipation of the ultimate anti-Trump candidate running in 2020 has been running high ever since.
Oval Office admirer
The anti-Trump resistance might be hoping Oprah will change her mind, but it would be wrong to assume the current President would see her as an enemy.
A frequent guest on Winfrey’s long-running talk show, Trump named Winfrey as his ideal running mate during his now-largely-forgotten run for the Reform Party presidential nomination in 2000.
“If she’d do it, she’d be fantastic,” the then Reform Party hopeful was then quoted as saying. “I mean, she’s popular, she’s brilliant, she’s a wonderful woman.”
High praise indeed – and a quote that we will certainly hear many times in future if Winfrey has a change of heart and does throw her hat into the ring. Stay tuned.