Trump would welcome challenge from Oprah Winfrey for president

Oprah Winfrey speaks after accepting the Cecil B. Demille Award at the 75th Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills
Oprah Winfrey speaks after accepting the Cecil B. Demille Award at the 75th Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California, U.S. January 7, 2018. Paul Drinkwater/Courtesy of NBC/Handout via REUTERS

January 8, 2018

By Jeff Mason

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump would gladly face Oprah Winfrey as an opponent in the 2020 presidential race, a White House spokesman said on Monday after social media buzz from her speech at an awards show thrust her name into the political arena.

“We welcome the challenge, whether it be Oprah Winfrey or anybody else,” Hogan Gidley told reporters on Air Force One during a flight to Nashville on Monday. “We welcome all comers.”

Winfrey, 63, stole the show at the Golden Globe awards on Sunday night with her speech upon receiving the Cecil B. DeMille award for achievement and lit up Twitter with a surge of tweets carrying “#Oprahforpresident” and “#Oprah2020.”

She is actively thinking about a run, CNN reported on Monday, citing two of her close friends. CNN did not name the friends, who it said had spoken on condition of anonymity. At least one emphasized that Winfrey had made no firm decision.Winfrey has said in the past she is not interested in running for president, but the Los Angeles Times quoted Stedman Graham, Winfrey’s longtime partner in business and life, as saying on Sunday that, “It’s up to the people … She would absolutely do it.”

Wearing a black gown to show support for victims, she used her platform to promote the “Time’s Up” movement against sexual harassment and assault, throwing her support behind others who have exposed sexual misconduct in Hollywood and elsewhere in politics and the media.

“She had that room in her hands. It was like a campaign rally,” said Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, a senior fellow at the University of Southern California’s Price School of Public Policy.

The nine-minute speech generated two standing ovations from the Hollywood glitterati and prompted 220,000 posts on social media mentioning the words “Oprah” and “president” in just 24 hours, said Todd Grossman of social media analytics company Talkwalker.

After Trump won the White House in 2016 with help from his fame as a reality TV star, it no longer seems far-fetched to consider a similar campaign by Winfrey, an actress, movie and television producer, and chief executive of her OWN cable channel, political analysts said.

Winfrey, long associated with Democratic politics and fundraising, would likely face a crowded field in the Democratic primaries in the 2020 race.

But given her connections, Winfrey might have a fund-raising advantage over her rivals in liberal Hollywood, which is often called an automatic teller machine for Democratic candidates.

“She’s certainly a bigger celebrity than Trump ever was, especially in terms of connecting with her audience. Obviously this has given her an opportunity. What does she do next with it?” said Alan Schroeder, a journalism professor at Northeastern University in Boston who has written on the intersection of show business and politics.

Trump benefited from his star power to win more free media exposure than his rivals in the Republican primary and was able to run a relatively inexpensive campaign.

His committee spent $343 million in the primary and general election campaigns with the help of $47.5 million of the real estate developer’s own money, which he lent to the campaign and later forgave.

Hillary Clinton, his Democratic opponent, spent $585 million including $1.5 million of her own money.

Winfrey could supplement any campaign with her own wealth. Forbes estimates she is worth $3.0 billion compared to $3.5 billion for Trump. She was raised in poverty by a single mother and went on to host the top-rated talk show “The Oprah Winfrey Show” for 25 years before ending it in 2011.

Jeffe, the USC professor, cautioned against thinking of Hollywood as a monolith of liberal Democrats. Besides the liberal creative talent, Hollywood money also comes from the more conservative, unionized trade and craft workforce as well as from the business interests.

“She has credibility with all of them,” Jeffe said.

(Reporting by Jeff Mason, Daniel Trotta, Grant Smith and Ginger Gibson; Writing by Daniel Trotta; Editing by Tom Brown)

  • Roy Beane

    Like all the other Liberals who threatened to leave if Trump won, I don’t believe even ONE actually packed up and left. Hypocrites.

  • Deplorable Dirty Harry

    They’d have to widen every door in the White House a foot for her porkbigbutt.

  • Arnold Maize

    If you look under your seat, you’ll find a brand new phone! Oh, wait, Obama already did that.

  • Arnold Maize

    Just think a bunch of women whining about something that happened 40 years ago to them started all this garbage.

  • Joe Dirte

    *VOMIT*

  • Jarhead0311

    Yea right….up until the point everyone finds out she’s a lesb0 and Stedman is a beard. Someone has got pictures of her and Gail making out on a yacht. Not that it matters to me, but the Black community openly looks down on homosexuality and that’s why Bath-house Barry kept it in the closest so hard.

  • Roy Beane

    IF she’s smart she’ll run FROM office. On the other hand, would be fun to see all the skeletons that could be dug out of her closet…………you KNOW they are in there somewhere.

    • Jarhead0311

      Beat me to it. I was thinking the same thing. And she has some doozies. You don’t to be a billionaire without rolling over someone and the mere fact she ran from Chicago in the middle of the night ‘laying-off’ O network employees in such a cowardly way is just one instance of a show of lack of character.

    • Deplorable Dirty Harry

      Seems to me there were pictures on the web with her and some later-to-be -‘me too’- women being presented to Harvey Weinstein at some club. This young actress looks more like an offering.

      • Roy Beane

        Roman Emperor Caligula would be so proud of such brazen shameless debauchery.

  • Jeff Hill

    The fact they are promoting Oprah for 2020 shows just how desperate they are. They literally have nothing and they know it.

  • Sherry Klein

    Wow. There is a lot of dope out there. Ha ha ha ha ha. Dilly dilly!

    • Deplorable Dirty Harry

      Dilly Dilly

      • Sherry Klein

        Look for the prize under your chair. Lol

  • DrMitoFit

    She would be so easy to defeat in a presidential debate. “Would you make Hillary Clinton your Secretary of State?” If she answers “‘No”, then who else on the Democratic side would be more qualified? If she answers “Yes”, there would be record Republican turn out.

    • Deplorable Dirty Harry

      Criminal HilLIARy will be busy fight prosecution

  • Shane Norkus

    Just how fickle, feckless and stupid are Hollywood celebutards and democRATs in general?

    During the last Presidential campaign, when Donald Trump said he would think about having Harpo Winfrey as his running mate, the left went nuts, claiming he was unfit to be campaigning for President for entertaining such a stupid idea.

    Now, because of an idiotic awards speech, they’re all clamoring for Harpo entering the 2020 race. These fools are as fickle as the wind blows and change partners, as well as genders, as often as the sexually confused, homosexual community.

  • One_way

    LMAO! Great way to start the week! She is best buds with Harvey Weinstein! She is an enabler of female abuse by the Follywood left! LMAO!

  • Jock E Shift

    Wow! They (Dems) will grasp at anything, won’t they?

  • famouswolf

    Well…LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

  • Legion

    hahaha! … really?

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAHAHAHAAAHAAHAAAAHAHAHHAAHAAA!! ^_^

  • corey crane

    She will be an easier win for trump than hillary was

    • nancy

      Don’t be too sure about that. Obama is working hard right now to completely corrupt our voting system by registering more illegal aliens and moving them to key States.

  • wkj1970

    They slammed Donald Trump for having no experience in politics, being an outsider, and being part of the 1%. Now they want someone who falls into those same exact areas to run for President. And, based on a speech at a Hollywood awards show about sexual harassment in the very business where they are all guilty of turning a blind eye and not based on any political ability to improve the economy, promote job growth, influence trade, and handle international relations and conflict. Yeah…..ok.

    • One_way

      She might win if she gives out free appliances, vacations and cars like she did on her talk show to get people to watch!

      • Deplorable Dirty Harry

        or bacon sandwiches and MD 20/20

    • Ronald White

      90 % of Hollywood sells sex. No one should be surprised when some of these people get out of hand and no one should be surprised when many jump on the band wagon to make babbling claims. Liberal, go figure.

  • DrMitoFit

    Oprah’s most famous career moment was giving an audience of female school teachers free cars. She selected a group worthy of reward, while excluding other equally worthy people. The Pontiac G6 cars she gave away are no longer made and the brand no longer exists. When you give something of value away for free, it devalues it. She would probably give free collage tuition to under represented minorities. I am Asian and we are over-represented in universities. I imagine she would pick and choose winners and losers to correct arbitrary perceived imbalances rather than aiming for equality.

  • Roy Beane

    If by some stretch of a Si Fi movie script nightmare that this old heifer ever got into the WH, I guarantee that Mexico will suddenly have an illegal alien problem all their own pretty quickly.

    • famouswolf

      Canada too. The Northwest Territory would start looking mighty attractive to me.

  • Jacobeo500

    What a heck of a way to scare the republicans once more just like the Dems did for 8 years under Obama. Do you Remember? The republicans were so afraid of saying anything against Obama for fear of being called racists that they let this evil man half-destroy this country. If (totally unqualified) Oprah runs the mud will include not just racist but it will also bring back the “war on women” on steroids. If this is all the Dems have, then the Democratic Party cupboard is once more, like in 2008, totally empty and in their want the Dems will hurt this country with their insane agenda. .

    • s7rabin

      Dems are NOT dems anymore, they are communist progressives!

  • DrMitoFit

    While in Switzerland, Oprah claims she was told she could not afford to buy and therefore was not shown a rarely sold $38,000 handbag on special display. Oprah said this was an example of racism, effectively condemning the Swiss people and making the sales clerk’s life a living hell. The sales clerk said it was a misunderstanding and denies prejudging Oprah on either her race or perceived lack of wealth. Oprah has since said she “regrets” mentioning the incident, but she played the race card hard and fast. If that is her most egregious example of suffering from racism (over a ridiculously over-priced handbag in a foreign country), then the civil rights movement might well be over.

  • Mel Carbon

    God help us!

  • Bogeygolfer

    Again, liberals do not consider capabilities and experience related to the job they want to offer. It is all about feelings to them.

  • Mike Drop

    Not only no but FUGNO.

  • Martin Arredondo

    She’s is probably more qualified than Obama. While it appears as though she’s equally qualified as Trump she isn’t. It’s actually not even close. Trump is far more “qualified.” (I use the term in quotes because we’re all qualified to be President according to the Constitution if you’re at least 35 and a natural born citizen). TV is a “side career” for Trump not a primary career. She might do well domestically (in many ways the U.S. Presidency has become just a figure-head) but the world stage would demolish her. They’d chew her up and spit her out like a used piece of bubble gum. She would have no idea what it takes to be in charge of a military. In the end it would be like hiring your school principal to become President. No offense to school principals. I think you are great at your jobs.

    • wkj1970

      Imagine her on the world stage dealing with the likes of Putin, Kim, Xi Jinping, and the Mullahs of Iran. She would get chewed up.

    • famouswolf

      Funny, I was thinking it would be like ‘hiring’ a chimpanzee from any local zoo. EXACTLY like that.

  • Captain America

    I agree, Oprah IS the very definition of a “racist”. Just because she is black (and therefore in the ‘minority’) it does not give her, or ALL others like her, the special ability to talk negatively about another race (particularly whites), or sex (men). These generalities she uses, and she’s not alone here, are just to get attention for her and her causes. Which are, in and of themselves, racist. She has absolutely ZERO gravity when it comes to really doing something about anything.

    IF we are to remove racism from the collective, it must be done under the concept of EQUALITY. Whoever gets above a certain ‘bar’ is permitted to enter. The bar does not change based on diversity quotas (gag me with a maggot)! The bar does not change for women, men, high IQ, low IQ, tan, no tan, white, black, Christian or Jew, traditional or gay.

    IT IS THE BAR WE ARE ALL JUDGED BY; NO EXCEPTIONS. Then, and only then, will racism be extinguished. Until then, we are just taking from one group, to unjustly give it to another; thereby exasperating the entire pathologic cycle of racism. Oprah does not believe the above, so she cannot be a qualified candidate for ANY public office; America is finished with that faulty logic. We have finally ‘awakened’ to the war-of-words on our traditional values, culture and traditions. Words lead to actions, and actions lead to results. If we allow people like Oprah to use her racist words to make us feel ‘guilty’ for anything, then those words will become actions. Those racist actions will have negative racial results against whites, Christians, and traditional men. Women will also suffer, because their good men will be under siege from The Left, as happened the entirety of Obama’s 8-year term of destruction.

    #nooprah

  • C B

    Hahaha , Yeah , President Oprah & VP Rosie ………… Hope they run

  • Robsterrider

    Oprah, I hear, has a little dossier problem coming down the road. How does that feel Dems?

    Oprah won’t run, she doesn’t want the intrusions into her private life.

    • s7rabin

      No intrusions. Oprah

      is a communist progressive!

  • Donald York

    Oprah Winfrey is, and has always been a racist .

    • Sheriff Bart

      yep

    • whoselineisitanyway

      And an erstwhile lesbian

    • nancy

      That’s a disgusting fact about her. But she’s just ego maniacal enough to think she’s up for the job! Why is it that so many blacks with money are such racists? I saw that in her when she hung out with Barry O. She’s always preaching about “Your Truth” whatever that means. I guess for a Democrat there are all kinds of “truths” never mind the actual truth!

  • Roy Beane

    Oh Puleeeze. This is what happens when you have way too much legal (and illegal) weed floating around in Hollywood and other Dimmocrapic conclaves around the country. No grasp or concept of reality at all…..just grasping at an uncatchable fantasy……as is usual for them. The election has been over for well over a year now and none of these fruitcakes has been able to grasp that fact or learn how to deal with it YET.

    • Sheriff Bart

      They’re not accustomed to losing. #44 got everyone used to accepting participation trophies, and Medals of Freedom for just saying they like him.

  • Martin2717

    Gross

  • facevalue

    continued…. ALL the blame on Harvey Weinstein when it was them who went to their room unescorted to talk their way into a movie part…. THEY ARE JUST POOR WOMEN WHO COULD NOT DEFEND THEMSELVES…

  • facevalue

    Hollywood is just laughing at themselves and giving all women the fantasy of being a man… NO DISRESPECT TO WOMEN… Hollywood puts the women in movies, all 5’2” of them beating up two and three men at a time who are 6 feet tall… haha… Now a woman James Bond..?.. It is funny… I will give the women of Hollywood credit in that they have managed to put ALL the blame

  • Carol Upton

    No way would I ever vote for Oprah Winfrey, ridiculous!

  • callmegee

    We already had a black president that could give great speeches and he did not do well for our country, especially for the minorities who lauded him. Substance and leadership is so, so, so much more important. The only think I know about Oprah is she likes to do big giveaways and that is not what our country needs.

    • Fidgets

      And it was during that a$$hat’s reign that madam oprah went to another country and came back accusing a shop worker of racism. You remember that? When Oprah bullied someone just trying to make a living – then traveled back overseas to the US and made her accusation so the store keeper couldn’t defend herself. Oprah even though she had her entourage with her claimed that she was the victim when in fact it was the sales clerk who had the bad misfortune of having to deal with oprah. Oprah is just another liberal jerk with no common sense and only a talent in being a bully.

      • HarryObrian

        Look at it this, to Opie it’s good to be queen.

      • nancy

        She was at the right place at the right time. Dumb luck and that is it.

        • Fidgets

          Who? The salesperson? More like bad luck and Oprah saw an easy target and a way to get publicity for her racism.

    • wkj1970

      ……half black.

  • taxpayer22

    Oprah is a racist.

    • HarryObrian

      That’s the reality but not many people who would support Opie have a clue about reality because they’re all doped up on anti-depressants.
      BTW, all blacks are racist, every single one of them.

  • r giampino

    what a joke might as well get bugs bunny to run .When will these dumb bells wake up Trump is the best President America has had ever .America first always

    • Fidgets

      I’d rather vote for bugs bunny

    • Jacobeo500

      I think Lincoln may have too strong a grip on being the best president ever and Washington a close second. Trump is the best there is today, bar none since Reagan.

      • nancy

        President Trump came at just the right moment in history to stop the Obama insanity! And yet Obama continues to try to destroy our Nation from the shadows. He really needs to be shut down. His shadow government and the chaos it brings is getting a bit irritating.

  • No Mas

    Yes, Winfrey please run on your platform of sucking up to big business, white folk, then turning against any & all of them that helped you. Then use the demonrat communist plan and promise to give stuff away that you get from working Americans, what is your plan Opie????

    • Ralph

      Maybe it will give away the newest XBOX in 2020 to the first 50 million voters. It could get it the dumb ass vote.

      • HarryObrian

        That’s all they ever get is the dumbass vote.
        Let’s see, Michael Robinson 0bama had 100 hand maidens so I wonder how many thousands of hand maidens Opie would have?
        My brain hurts wondering how bizarre Opie’s platform would be not to mention the hold on DC that perverted Hollyweird would have.
        It’s funny that so many of the actresses wore black dresses on stage in sympathy with the fake #metoo crowd but when you look at the pictures of those actresses grouped together there is not one of them that any man with a testosterone level over 50 would be tempted to harass.

    • Jacobeo500

      Except that most republicans are deathly afraid of saying what you just said for fear of the racist label and now the chauvinist label. Republicans are cowards. In 2008 they even shut up Sarah Palin who single handed could have destroyed Obama. But she did not because the coward from Arizona kept her from it. Now, I know that Trump is no coward and will call a spade a spade, even with Oprah, but how will the independent electorate take this? They saw through the criminal Hillary…is Oprah on a different bag, like Obama was?

      • No Mas

        Americans of any and every color that are in the middle respect the truth… Blacks included…. The truth with a job opportunity is 100x’s better than what Obama and Dems promised.. 100 bucks and a food card

      • Watchman on the Wall

        Female independent here. I wouldn’t vote for her if she was the last person on earth. She’s thrown her support behind two people who’ve done all they can to further their own aspirations (Obama and Clinton) and don’t give a hoot about the rest of us. The fact that she’s supported Hillary is beyond repugnant. Anyone that comes against Hillary ends up dead. The woman is a modern-day version of Jezebel (one of the most evil women that lived.) I can’t stand Oprah. She is so out of touch with everything we “normals” go through. Her liberal views are repugnant and she is a racial divider. This is one woman who would NOT vote for her.

      • nancy

        Most people see Oprah for what she is. And it’s certainly not presidential material. Watch her on one of those “Soul Sunday” programs she does and you’ll understand.