According to Oprah Winfrey’s best friend, Gayle King, the billionaire media mogul is “intrigued by the idea” of running for the highest office in the land in 2020.
Oprah Winfrey is listening to the whispers and calls for her to run Trump out of town in 2020.
According to one high-powered friend in particular, Gayle King, the billionaire media mogul is “intrigued by the idea” of running for president. “She’s listening to a lot of people who are saying: ‘You can do this,’” one of the sources said on condition of anonymity. “I don’t know what she’ll do. She doesn’t know yet,” another source said. “But anyway this plays out, this is a long game.”
If you think that Trump’s candidacy disrupted the GOP primary process, you can only imagine the sheer pandemonium that would go on in the Democratic party if Oprah decided to challenge Trump for the highest office in the land. Winfrey, a recent Cecil B. Demille award recipient at the 2018 Golden Globes, has not inferred that she’s in or even interested publicly, but she’s not ruling it out either.
Her camp has declined to comment.
It is with all that that makes King’s comments so impactful. She praised her BFF on CBS This Morning for delivering a “home run” speech, but said it was not intended as a “launching pad” for a presidential campaign. “I don’t think at this point she is actually considering it,” Gayle said, before also saying, “I also know, after years of watching ‘The Oprah Show,’ you always have the right to change your mind.”
With Winfrey’s friends urging her to run and even offering to help, Gayle has interestingly enough jumpstarted an invisible sort of primary process. Other potential Democratic candidates are heading to Iowa to jostle for position even though the first primaries are two years away. “If she runs, she will destroy anybody in front of her. The question is, does she want to do it?” CNN political commentator Van Jones said on AC360 Monday night. “There’s basically bedlam in Oprah-land right now, as people are begging her, ‘Please run, please run, please run.’ She’s given no indication that she has moved off her position that she doesn’t want to do it.”
The question of will she or won’t she run is triggering hours of news coverage. The New York Post cover reads “NOPRAH!” while the Daily News says “YES SHE CAN!” Will she want to endure the mudslinging negative attack ads and insults that Donald Trump would surely throw her way? Are we ready to accept a populist nature that those who are on our television screens are going to dictate policy in our country? “I hate to spoil everybody’s fun, but I don’t believe for a minute that Oprah Winfrey will run for president,” Chicago media columnist Robert Feder wrote on Monday.
With more questions than answers, King has left the door open for speculation to continue, saying, “I’m thinking that she is not going to be running for president. That’s what I’m thinking, [but] I do think she’s very intrigued.”
Source: CNN Money