Oprah Winfrey for US President in 2020? Here is what we know so far

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New Delhi | Published: January 10, 2018 1:08:42 PM

Oprah Winfrey is a name that needs no introduction. The 63-year-old American talk show host has been a strong presence in Hollywood. The actor-producer gave a fiery speech at the Golden Globe Awards 2018, a couple of days ago that has triggered speculation of her candidacy for the 2020 US Presidential Elections.

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Oprah Winfrey is a name that needs no introduction. The 63-year-old American talk show host has been a strong presence in Hollywood. The actor-producer gave a fiery speech at the Golden Globe Awards 2018, a couple of days ago that has triggered speculation of her candidacy for the 2020 US Presidential Elections. Even President Donald Trump reacted by saying that he is confident that he can beat the media mogul but added that she will most likely not contest the polls.

“Yeah I’ll beat Oprah. Oprah would be a lot of fun,” the Republican President was quoted as saying by news agency Reuters. “I know her very well… I like Oprah. I don’t think she’s going to run,” Trump added. But, politics can be an interesting field at times. A few years ago, who knew that Donald Trump would run for Presidency, let alone win the election. But, here we are in 2018 and it is already a reality.

Oprah, who became the first black woman to win the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award on Sunday, expressed her gratitude to the women who have faced abuse and assault. She added that gender equality transcends any culture, geography, race, religion, politics, or workplace. In a veiled attack on Trump, she raised the issue of press freedom, saying the press is under “siege” these days.

This, obviously, led to a string of statements which have further fuelled the rumours. One of Oprah’s long-time partner, Stedman Grahan said, “(her presidency) is up to the people,” adding that, “she would absolutely do it,” Another close friend of Oprah, Gayle King said that the media mogul was certainly intrigued by the idea of running.

The rumour has received positive responses so far. “Given the choice between Oprah and our current president, I’m on the bus with Oprah travelling the country encouraging people to sign up and vote,” said Jimmy Kimmel, host of the Late Night Show, who will also be hosting this year’s Academy Awards.

Meanwhile, Jennifer Palmieri, former White House communications director under Obama and the communications director for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign, said that Oprah “would be a serious candidate.”

However, there has been no reaction from Oprah. The last time she spoke about this issue was in October 2017 and back then, the 63-year-old host had dismissed speculation by saying that Trump’s win made her rethink the requirements of the office.

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