White House Would 'Welcome' 2020 Oprah Challenge

Joann Johnston
January 12, 2018

When that new day finally dawns, it will be because of the magnificent women and many of them are in this room tonight'.

Hollywood Reporter critic Daniel Fienberg noted the similarity between Winfrey and President Donald Trump.

Even the White House stated that Trump would "welcome the challenge, whether it be Oprah Winfrey or anybody else", when a spokesman was questioned aboard Air Force One.

A majority of voters, 52%,-said they viewed her favorably, including a whopping 72% favorable vs. 7% unfavorable rating among Democratic voters, an optimistic sign for a potential Democratic primary. "I do think that after years of watching 'The Oprah Show, ' you always have a right to change your mind", she said.

Winfrey appeared on CBS's "This Morning" in October to talk about a story she worked on as a correspondent for "60 Minutes".

However, this was not enough to dampen the excitement of the people.

"NOPRAH! Do we really need another celebrity president?" read the front page of Tuesday's New York Post. And her longtime partner Stedman Graham suggested on Sunday she might be up for it. "Absolutely. But in terms of where she stands on a number of positions, I would find a number of problems with that", Sanders said.

She closed her speech with a call for unity, "I want all the girls watching to know a new day is on the horizon. I just thought, oh, oh", she said in a December 2016 conversation with on Bloomberg's "The David Rubenstein Show: Peer-to-Peer Conversations". "But now, she doesn't have a choice".

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Beyond her rise from poverty, Winfrey's success as a multidimensional media figure has come from promoting ways for women to assert themselves, typically outside the political arena.

Oprah Winfrey pointed out the value of a free press.

A March 2017 poll by Quinnipiac University gave Winfrey a 52% favourable rating compared to Trump's then 41% job approval rating.

Alex Jones, the nutritional supplement salesman who leads the Infowars outlet, and Gavin McInnes, who hosts a show on CRTV and leads the weird "Proud Boys" club, reacted to media speculation about whether Oprah Winfrey would run for president by claiming that Winfrey is a lesbian who helped, and sometimes participated in, Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein's alleged sexual assaults on women. "I like Oprah", he added, mentioning that he was on one of the last episodes of her television show. "But that would be something she would have to determine and lay out if she made a decision to run, and what that campaign would look like".

Becoming the first black woman to accept the Cecil B. De Mille lifetime achievement award, her speech wove together gender, poverty and race. "For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dared to speak the truth to the power of those men". "But I don't know a lot about politics".

Still, while some Democrats would embrace Winfrey's outsider-celebrity status as the party's answer to Trump, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., noted that Winfrey, like Trump, lacks any kind of experience in government.

But Republican strategist Rick Wilson suggested Trump's election, once unthinkable, had rewritten the rules.

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