Oprah Winfrey, a native of Kosciusko, Mississippi, is considering a run for the presidency, two friends say
Oprah Winfrey is actively thinking about challenging Trump for the presidency in 2020, CNN is reporting.
Two close friends of Winfrey told CNN that the considerations were underway after Winfrey’s speech at the Golden Globes, which stoked speculation online about the idea of “#Oprah2020.”
The friends spoke on condition of anonymity, saying confidants of Oprah Winfrey had been privately urging her to run for president in 2020.
One source said the conversations had been ongoing for months, but Winfrey had not made a decision.
Winfrey did not respond to a request for comment, CNN said.
The web chatter about Oprah 2020 began last night after Winfrey’s rousing speech, in which she declared “a new day is on the horizon.”
During the speech, Winfrey brought up Recy Taylor, a black woman who, in 1944, was abducted and raped by six armed white men in Alabama.
“She was just walking home from a church service she’d attended in Abbeville, Ala., when she was abducted by six armed white men, raped and left blindfolded by the side of the road, coming home from church,” Winfrey said. “They threatened to kill her if she ever told anyone, but her story was reported to the N.A.A.C.P., where a young worker by the name of Rosa Parks became the lead investigator on her case and together they sought justice. But justice wasn’t an option in the era of Jim Crow. The men who tried to destroy her were never persecuted. Recy Taylor died 10 days ago, just shy of her 98th birthday. She lived, as we all have lived, too many years in a culture broken by brutally powerful men.”
Her allusions to a “culture broken by brutally powerful men” was interpreted by many as a reference to, among others, Donald Trump, who before the 2016 election was accused by over a dozen women of sexual assault in the wake of the release of the infamous Access Hollywood tape.
Stedman Graham, Oprah’s long-time partner, told the Los Angeles Times he hopes she runs.
“It’s up to the people,” Graham told a Los Angeles Times reporter. “She would absolutely do it.”
The billionaire media mogul has made political forays before; in 2008, she campaigned for Barack Obama, and in 2016, she endorsed Hillary Clinton.
In a super early Public Policy Polling survey of the 2020 race last March, Winfrey led Trump among registered voters 47-40, and boasted 49 percent favorable rating, with only 33 percent expressing an unfavorable opinion of her.