U.S. President Winfrey? No way, says political prognosticator Donald Trump.
That's not to say Oprah didn't give a great speech, because she did, and speech-making is indeed part of running for and serving as president. "Her star appeal, or uber appeal, is at such a high level that initially everyone will love her. But I don't think she's actively considering it at this time", King said.
"I want all the girls watching here and now to know that a new day is on the horizon", Winfrey said.
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"She stole the show with the nine-minute speech upon receiving the Cecil B. DeMille award for achievement and lit up Twitter with a surge of tweets carrying "#Oprahforpresident" and "#Oprah2020". "But that would be something she would have to determine and lay out if she made a decision to run". "I'm sure Oprah is well aware of that". They reminded her that more than a dozen women have accused President Trump of sexual harassment and misconduct dating back decades, and that Trump was caught on tape bragging about grabbing women's genitals.
"That said, given the choice between Oprah and our current president, I'm on the bus with Oprah traveling the country encouraging people to sign up and vote", he said. While he supports the idea of Winfrey running, it would also punctuate how Trump's candidacy has altered political norms. "She wanted it to be a uniting speech", King said.
Winfrey has raised millions of dollars for various causes, including shelters for battered women but, like Trump when he launched his White House campaign, she has no prior experience in government.
"She's certainly a bigger celebrity than Trump ever was, especially in terms of connecting with her audience".
"I've got a strong feeling this woman should be the next President of the United States of America". She used the show's success to build a media empire encompassing movie production, magazines, cable TV, and satellite radio, becoming one of the world's richest women.